This has got to be a first…..
ABC shows won their timeslot on a Sunday night, with viewers clearly dissatisfied with commercial TV offerings.
ABC News, Doc Martin and The Doctor Blake Mysteries all won their slots -with all three ahead of anything offered by Nine or TEN all night.
Doc Martin was the night’s top show at 997,000 viewers ahead of The Wall (755,000) and Family Food Fight (525,000) both with a 7pm headstart. TEN’s Bull was far behind on just 286,000.
At 8:30pm The Doctor Blake Mysteries, infamously axed by ABC before a Seven lifeline, won its slot with 885,000 ahead of Sunday Night (656,000 from 8pm) and 60 Minutes (588,000). New US drama Wisdom of the Crowd with Jeremy Piven was lower still on 268,000 for TEN.
The outcome for Nine’s Family Food Fight will be a disappointment. After a sluggish week it was hoping a Sunday elimination episode might spike the numbers. After bumper months this could halt Nine’s tilt at Total People this year. That said, it’s even worse for TEN which is low on competitive content aside from a handful of remaining shows this week.
7mate’s Rugby League World Cup helped Seven’s overall share, topping multichannels at 241,000.
ABC’s primary channel ranked second for the night. Seven network won Sunday with 31.9% then Nine 26.5%, ABC 22.2%, TEN 12.9% and SBS 6.5%.
Seven News (916,000) was best for Seven then The Wall (755,000), Sunday Night (656,000) and Movie: Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (392,000).
Nine News (830,000) led for Nine then 60 Minutes (588,000), Family Food Fight (525,000) and Australian Crime Stories (333,000).
Doc Martin was #1 for ABC with 997,000 then The Doctor Blake Mysteries (885,000), ABC News (876,000) and Wallander (283,000). Classic Countdown drew 216,000.
The Sunday Project (363,000 / 239,000) was the best of a bad bunch for TEN. Bull (286,000), Wisdom of the Crowd (258,000), Family Feud (210,000), and NCIS: New Orleans (183,000) followed.
On SBS it was Secrets of the Pyramids (250,000), The Nineties (154,000) and SBS World News (145,000).
OzTAM Overnights: Sunday 5 November 2017.