The Winners: Seven News was tops with 1.583 million, with Border Security second with 1.517 million. Nine News was 3rd with 1.456 million and 60 Minutes was 4th with 1.322 million. Triple Zero Heroes at 8pm averaged 1.295. So You Think You Can Dance Australia averaged 1.292 million from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Nine’s CSI averaged 1.220 million at 8.30pm. Ten’s weigh-in edition of The Biggest Loser averaged 1.184 million from 6.30pm to 7.30pm and Nine’s Domestic Blitz averaged 1.172 million at 6.30pm and accounted for Seven’s Sunday Night. 10th was Seven’s Homicide at 8.30pm (3rd overall) with 1.162 million and Rove averaged 1.130 million from 9.30pm. Sunday Night was 12th with 1.071 million. CSI Miami averaged 975,000 at 9.30pm to 10.30pm. Rogue Nation on the ABC at 7.30pm, 853,000 for the first episode of a new look at early Australian history from Film Australia (which is no longer). It looks like an employment opportunity for Australian actors.
The Losers: Sunday Night on Seven at 6.30pm is teetering on the edge again. Bones at 9.30pm with 808,000 would be a clunker if it wasn’t a repeat. Rove beat it and CSI Miami pretty easily.
News & CA: Seven News again won nationally and in every market but Melbourne. The NRL did offer some help in Sydney and Brisbane and gave Nine better figures than it has had in Sydney for a while, but Seven was still ahead. It was the other way round in Melbourne. The 7pm ABC News averaged 983,000. Ten News, 708,000. SBS News at 6.30pm, 152,000, Dateline at 8.30pm, 220,000. In the mornings, Weekend Sunrise from 8am, 444,000. Today on Sunday from 8am, 225,000 (including the 7am to 8am early shows, Sunrise, 351,000, Today, 185,000 from 7am to 10am). Landline, at Noon, 312,000. Insiders on the ABC at 9am, 173,000. Inside Business, 142,000. Offsiders, 145,000. Meet The Press on Ten, 56,000.
The Stats: Nine won 6pm to midnight All People with with a share of 27.1% (26.0% the previous Sunday night), from Ten with 26.5% (24.3%). Seven was third with 26.3% (29.2%), The ABC was on 16.0% (15.9%) and SBS on 4.0% (4.6%). Ten said it won the night in 16 to 39, 18 to 49 and 25 to 54 in the commercial share battle with Nine and Seven from 6pm to 10.30pm. Ten and Nine drew Sydney, ten won Perth, Nine won Brisbane and Adelaide. In regional areas a win to WIN/NBN with 28% from Prime/7Qld with 26/3%, Southern Cross (Ten) with 22.1%, the ABC with 16.9% and SBS with 6.7%. Ten’s main Sunday night program, So You think You can Dance Australia just didn’t do it for regional viewers.
Glenn Dyer’s comments: How close was last night? Just a fraction of a point in it between Seven, Nine and Ten. Seven finished third and was even pipped in Perth (it’s strongest market) by Ten. Compared with the previous week though, Seven was the loser, dropping share and valuable viewers from some programs. Most notably from its Sunday Night 6.30pm program. It was weak, well beaten an hour later by 60 Minutes which was more heavily promoted during the week.
The Ross Coulthart story was strong, the rest was lightweight (not that 60 Minutes was any better). The program featured yet more changes: opening titles and Mike Munro sitting on the left of screen at the opening, with Chris Bath right of screen. Then in the next segment they had swapped with Ms Bath on the left. It seems to be a program still settling down.
Now there are newspaper reports that co-executive producer, Adam Boland, Seven’s wunderkind, is unhappy, is not handling sharing the producing of Sunday Night with Mark Llewellyn and might not re-sign with Seven when his contract expires later in the year. Nine would snap him up in a moment.
Lost In Austen finished with 794,000 viewers on the ABC from 8.30pm. The ending was pure corn; the book (Pride And Prejudice) wasn’t. It wasn’t until we saw of what happened to Ms Bennett when she stepped through into life in modern Hammersmith that we saw the missed opportunity for the program’s makers and writers. The quick view we got of Ms Bennett’s adaption to modern London life offered so many opportunities.
It was the first Sunday of NRL Football in Sydney and Brisbane and viewers weren’t switched on, so Nine’s News didn’t get as big a boost as Nine had thought. Seven News still won both markets and the night nationally. Next Sunday night at 8.30pm the ABC returns fresh episodes of Hercule Poirot. So three crime shows.
TONIGHT: Underbelly on Nine. Crime Investigations Australia and Customs. Seven has Desperate Housewives, Brothers & Sisters, How I Met Your Mother and Scrubs. Ten has The Biggest Loser, So You Think You Can Dance Australia, Good News Week and the NCIS repeat (which is starting to resemble The Simpsons for frequency of appearance each week on Ten). SBS has Top Gear: which year will this one emanate from? The ABC has Australian Story, Four Corners, Media Watch and The Cut.
Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports