Seven’s big Sunday win

Bathurst 1000 helps drive viewers into Seven News, The Voice grand final and Spotlight for a Sunday victory lap.

The Voice grand final drew 740,000 metropolitan viewers, rising to 783,000 for the moment Tarryn Stokes was announced as winner.

That was just shy of the best numbers all season and on par with last year’s finale, give or take a few thousand.

It doubled Death in Paradise (356,000) and The Graham Norton Show at just 184,000.

Later 7News Spotlight won at 396,000 in preliminary numbers but ran terribly overtime, meaning those numbers will likely be adjusted lower. The Newsreader was 280,000.

There were two big sporting events on Sunday with Bathurst 1000 at 602,000 for the Race, down on 2022’s 774,000, and the ICC Men’s ODI World Cup at up to 281,000 in 3 cities (a seperately coded figure for 2 cities was 122,000).

Seven network easily won Sunday with 36.4% then Nine 28.7%, ABC 15.1%, 10 11.9% and SBS 7.8%.

Seven News was #1 at 944,000 defeating Nine News at 710,000.

ABC News was 560,000 with Antiques Roadshow (150,000), Voices of Australia (129,000) and Mother & Son at 107,000.

The Sunday Project drew 257,000 / 172,000 for 10. 10 News First was 173,000 / 160,000. FBI was just 113,000 with NCIS: Hawaii at 75,000.

On SBS it was SBS World News (147,000 / 102,000), Bermuda Triangle: Into Cursed Waters (121,000), and Rebel with a Cause (56,000).

Insiders led multichannels at just 89,000.

In Total TV numbers last Sunday were:

The Newsreader: 531,000
MKR: 953,000
NRL Grand Final: 3.58m
Insiders: 428,000
NRLW Post Match: 969,000

OzTAM Overnights: Sunday 8 October 2023.

3 Responses

  1. I don’t think last night are the results Nine expected, even if a coding error and Bathurst day, I half expected the cricket to be a potential real challenger to Seven’s Voice finale. I think the cricket season is possibly in a bit of trouble, in terms of just too many events and viewer fatigue, most people don’t really consider it beginning until late Nov or Dec (after Melb Cup, Aus MotoGP and Bathurst) let alone starting literally when winter codes hadn’t even wrapped (Women’s T20I on NRL GF morning last Sunday)! Remembering we already had Ashes this year. It was well documented in recent years particularly Seven (but also Foxtel) dissatisfaction with CA, the former in an infamous public ‘trial by media’ and wanted to exit their contract and go after Nine’s tennis again, but managed a fee reduction in the new one signed (after Nine locked away tennis again in their exclusive negotiating window). Parties will want big Big Bash improvement, a shadow of its former Network 10 self.

    1. I am a little more optimistic about the summer of cricket and agree cricket now may be a little over done for viewers. The BBL is significantly shorter and teams are attracting decent overseas talent. During the six years of the new contract, there are two Ashes and two India test series (although the test series coming up this summer is a weaker series). And seven will now stream the cricket on 7+. I am sure seven would prefer the tennis but they’ve negotiated reasonably well to pay less and with a few twilight / night tests, should do better this season.

  2. I really enjoyed the 7 Spotlight referendum special. Despite it going an hour overtime, it was informative, balanced and respectful to all sides. Bravo.

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