This time last year nobody would have predicted Seven to win a ratings week in which Nine had State of Origin and Australian Ninja Warrior.
But that’s just what happened last week.
While it’s hardly Nine’s fault that Origin was a “dead rubber” game with NSW Blues already having won 2 of the 3 matches, it is impossible to overlook that Ninja has fallen dramatically compared to its stellar 2017 numbers. Ninja launched with 929,000 viewers, down some 45% on 2017’s outstanding 1.68m viewers. That suddenly put MasterChef Australia and House Rules within reach of the Nine hit.
While Nine managed a win in Primary share, Seven’s multichannels helped push it over the line in network share.
Despite Nine busting out of the 2018 gates with Married at First Sight, by the halfway point of the TV year, Seven actually has its best Total People share since OzTAM ratings began in 2001 and is leading in 24-54, 18-49 and 16-39 demos -even excluding Commonwealth Games.
ABC KIDS COMEDY: 2.5
ABC News: 1.6
SBS VICELAND: 1.1
SBS Food Network: 0.8
ABC ME: 0.5
Nine won Sunday, Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday. Seven scored Thursday, Friday & Saturday. ABC bettered TEN on Sunday, Friday & Saturday.
Seven was victorious in Melbourne, Adelaide & Perth. Nine won Sydney & Brissy.
Best brands last week were:
Seven: Seven News (Sun: 1.17m), House Rules (Sun: 836,000), Home and Away (688,000) and The Chase (633,000).
Nine: State of Origin (1.75m), Nine News (Sun: 1.03m), Australian Ninja Warrior (929,000) and A Current Affair (762,000).
TEN: MasterChef Australia (Mon: 832,000), Have You Been Paying Attention? (692,000), The Project (7pm: 511,000) and Shark Tank (486,000).
ABC: Jack Irish (723,000), ABC News (720,000), Back Roads (616,000) and Endeavour (587,000).
SBS: FIFA World Cup (Cro v Eng: 358,000), Robson Green’s Australian Adventure (302,000), Who Do You Think You Are? (270,000) and The Handmaid’s Tale (267,000).