Film & TV

Feb 24, 2014

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Seven romps it in, leaving Ten in its wake

A shocker for Ten, with some of its lowest audience figures in more than a decade.

Glenn Dyer — <em>Crikey</em> business and media commentator

Glenn Dyer

Crikey business and media commentator

A good night for Seven, Nine and the ABC, but it was goodnight to Ten as its main channel share fell to its third-lowest figure since the current ratings system started 13 years ago. The lowest was also hit last night — in regional markets. INXS did it for Seven for the third Sunday in a row, with the Sunday Night special on the group topping the night. My Kitchen Rules had to play second fiddle, but the start of the new series of Downton Abbey was well down the track.

Sunday Night had 2.843 million national/ 1.910 million metro/ 933,000 regional viewers — an all-time record for the show. My Kitchen Rules had 2.554 million national/ 1.730 million/ 824,000 regional viewers. Downton Abbey had 1.740 million national/ 1.125 million metro/ 615,000 regional viewers. They were solid figures, but were also the lowest series debut so far for the show, 206,000 under last year’s and 600,000 under the first series’ start. That’s unlike what has happened in the UK and US markets.

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