It was a night of TV when the competition effectively rolled over and played dead.
Extraordinarily, neither TEN nor Seven were prepared to offer premium content against the Australian Ninja Warrior finale, allowing Nine a free run on the ratings obstacle course.
That meant Nine was able to pull a huge 2.15m for its “Final Stage” and 2.04m for the bulk of its finale, dwarfing its nearest competitor, ABC’s 7:30 on 570,000 viewers.
Seven and TEN were not even on the starting mat with 369,000 for Mighty Cruise Ships and TEN’s All Star Family Feud on a dismal 210,000.
Ninja Warrior becomes the highest “non-sports” title of the year, despite no contestant able to conquer the dreaded Mount Midoriyama.
Nine network dominated with 44.2%, double the share of Seven’s 22.8% then ABC’s 14.7%, TEN’s 12.6% and SBS 5.7%.
Outside of Ninja, best for Nine were A Current Affair (1.01m), Nine News (1.01m / 998,000) and Hot Seat (535,000 / 305,000). Movies: Edge of Tomorrow was 270,000 in 3 cities and Skyfall was 253,000 in 2 cities.
Seven News (1.07m / 1.03m) led for Seven then Home and Away (713,000), The Chase (662,000 / 417,000), Mighty Cruise Ships (369,000) and Yummy Mummies (281,000 / 227,000). Ramsay’s Hotel Hell was only 227,000.
ABC News (691,000) topped ABC’s night then 7:30 (570,000), Joanna Lumley’s India (529,000), Ask the Doctor (445,000) and Foreign Corespondent (306,000).
The Project (540,000 / 387,000) was best for TEN followed by TEN Eyewitness News (441,0000) and Family Feud (355,000). An All Star Family Feud replay drew just 210,000 and Movie: Aloha was a paltry 145,000.
Michael Mosley: Queen Victoria’s Slum (245,000), Insight (210,000), SBS World News (138,000) and Dateline (136,000) comprised the night on SBS.
Shaun the Sheep showed off again with 232,000 viewers.
The Morning Show: 137,000 / 100,000
Today Extra: 135,000 / 88,000
Studio 10: 77,000 / 70,000 / 51,000
OzTAM Overnights: Tuesday 25 July 2017