The Winners: Seven News was tops with 1.644 million people. The Force at 8pm was second with 1.496 million. Border Security was 3rd with 1.444 million and Sunday Night was next with 1.197 million. V8 Supercars at Bathurst (which was outside of ratings) averaged 1.182 million. Nine News was 6th with 1.166 million and Seven’s 8.30pm movie, Wild Hogs, did well averaging 1.139 million. The presentation part of Bathurst averaged 1.112 million and Nine’s 20 to 1 at 6.30pm averaged 1.102 million in 9th. The movie length episode of Jonathon Creek averaged 1.038 million from 8.35pm to 10.10pm; Rescue Special Ops averaged 1.027 million for Nine in a welcome rise and 60 Minutes staggered into the list with 1.024 million at 7.30pm.
The Losers: Rove, 712,000 at 9.30pm. It might be a good performer in the demos, but Rove deserves a bigger audience than 18 to 39s. Australian Idol: 978,000 for two hours. Not good enough. CSI Miami, 780,000 on Nine at 9.30pm.
News & CA: Seven News again won nationally and in every market. The 7pm ABC News averaged 999,000. Ten News averaged 600,000. SBS News at 6.30pm on SBS, 175,000. In the morning, Seven pre-empted Weekend Sunrise for a car race: 273,000 watched the morning coverage. Today on Sunday had 332,000, a good result for Nine. Landline on the ABC at Noon averaged 218,000, Insiders on the ABC at 9am, 167,000, Inside Business at 10am, 135,000, Offsiders, 112,000.
The Stats: Seven won 6pm to midnight All People with a share of 29.1% (22.8%), from Nine with a combined 26.6% (34.8% The NRL Grand Final was a week ago). Ten was third with combined 20.0% (16.4%), the ABC was next with combined 19.1% (21.4% a week ago) and SBS was on combined 5.2% (4.6%). Seven won everywhere bar Melbourne and Adelaide where Nine was stronger.
Digitally: Nine’s Go averaged 3.0%, leaving Nine’s main channel on 23.60% and well behind Seven on 20.10%. Ten’s One was channel on 18.20%, ABC 2 was on 1.30%, with ABC 1 on 17.80% and SBS TWO was on 0.20% and SBS One on 5.0%.
In regional areas the car race was popular. Prime/7Qld averaged 33.7%, WIN/NBN with 24.4%, Southern Cross (Ten) with 18.8%, the ABC, 17.9% and SBS with 5.2%.
Glenn Dyer’s comments: Nine easily won last week with the NRL Grand Final on Sunday and Hey Hey Reunion on Wednesday night. Now it’s down to the race to the end of the ratings year in late November/early December.
Some TV writers keep mentioning that Nine is somehow “fiddling” the figures by including the ratings for its digital channel Go in its daily and weekly share figures. That’s only because the writers don’t ask for the separate figures (see above). Do as Crikey does and report both sets of figures. It all changes anyway from December 27 when the new ratings meaning and reporting system starts.
The V8 Supercars at Bathurst on Seven (AKA the carbon emitting championship of Australia) did well: 1.182 million viewers from 10.30am to 5.15pm. Over 626,000 watched the race itself in regional areas. And then 1.112 million who hung around for the presentation (604,000 in the bush). Great last few laps, lots of drama, pity about the rest. The last 15 minutes of the race averaged 1.587 million people, with over half a million watching in Sydney and just under 500,000 in Melbourne.
TONIGHT: Top Gear on the SBS at 7.30pm. Four Corners at 8.30pm. The Mentalist on Nine at the same time. Ten has The 7pm Project and Good News Week. Seven has the third episode of FlashFoward and Mercy.
IGNORE: The Apprentice Australia on Nine at 9.30pm. Mark Bouris is said to be already complaining about how Australians hate successful people. No, Mark, we just don’t like people who allow themselves to be dropped into an American style program with a bunch of mostly ugly and unhappy looking people who have no talent.
Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports