Congrats to Seven for romping it home in the Royal Wedding ratings battle, with 1.95m viewers choosing Melissa Doyle, Michael Usher & Royal expert Angela Rippon. That was higher than William & Kate’s 2011 wedding at 1.74m.
Nine drew 1.48m viewers with Karl Stefanovic & Georgie Gardner, on par with 2011’s 1.47m. ABC’s Annabel Crabb & Jeremy Fernandez had to settle for 506,000 – a disappointing result given it drew 1.1m for William & Kate’s nuptials.
But Seven’s atmospheric backdrop and a decision to broadcast from 4pm saw it lead the broadcast from beginning to end. Seven pulled 629,000 in the afternoon while Nine stuck with Getaway on just 333,000.
SBS, which attempted a lighter alternative was just 129,000. TEN, which stuck with normal programming, has possibly drawn an all-time low for a commercial network.
Seven won the week once more.
ABC KIDS COMEDY: 2.9
ABC News: 1.6
SBS VICELAND: 0.9
ABC ME / SBS Food Network: 0.7
Seven won the demos 16-39, 18-49 and 25-54.
Seven was victorious every night except Monday, claimed by Nine. ABC bettered TEN on Wednesday, Friday & Saturday.
Seven won every city except Sydney, claimed by Nine.
Best brands last week were:
Seven: Royal Wedding (Ceremony: 1.95m), Nine News (Sat: 1.27m), Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You (731,000) and House Rules (Sun: 690,000).
Nine: Harry & Meghan (Royal Wedding: 1.48m), Nine News (Sun: 1.01m), The Voice (Sun: 1.00m) and 60 Minutes (871,000).
ABC: Gruen (794,000), ABC News (Sun: 717,000), The Weekly with Charlie Pickering (662,000) and Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery (638,000).
TEN: MasterChef Australia (Mon: 820,000), Have You Been Playing Attention? (807,000), The Project (7pm: 505,000) and Shark Tank (506,000).
SBS: Who Do You Think You Are? (362,000), The Handmaid’s Tale (247,000), Elizabeth (240,000) and Great British Railway Journeys (239,000).