Anthony Green NSW election TV ratings
(Image: ABC iView)

Saturday night the ABC won the battle of NSW election coverage. It’s hard to work out the ABC’s viewership figures (there were many without timeslot details) but at its peak it had 246,000 viewers nationally. Nine had 176,000 and Seven 147,000. Sky News had an average of 83,000 for the first part of the coverage. But Insiders topped them all on Sunday morning from 9am easily — 698,000 on the ABC main channel and the news channel. Enough to be the eighth most watched program nationally on TV yesterday.

Last night, MAFS managed 2.27 million nationally (1.68 million in the metros and 585,000 in the regions). 60 Minutes had 1.11 million — less than half MAFS’ audience. Seven’s Sunday Night slipped to 567,000 nationally and less than 400,000 in the metros. Irrelevance beckons. And don’t mention Ten’s Chris and Julia’s Sunday Night Takeaway (look away now)  — 347,000 nationally.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (39.4%)
  2. Seven (25.2%)
  3. ABC (18.4%)
  4. Ten (10.3%)
  5. SBS (6.6%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (30.6%)
  2. Seven (16.8%)
  3. ABC (13.9%)
  4. Ten (6.6%)
  5. SBS ONE (4.6%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. GO (4.6%)
  2. 7mate (3.8%)
  3. ABC Kids/Comedy (2.4%)
  4. 9Life (2.2%)
  5. Gem, 10 Bold (2.1%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. MAFS (Nine) — 2.2705 million
  2. Seven News — 1.525 million
  3. Nine/NBN News  — 1.393 million
  4. MKR (Seven) – 1.151 million
  5. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 1.119 million
  6. 7pm ABC News — 1.049 million
  7. Vera (ABC) — 981,000
  8. Insiders (ABC, ABC News) — 698,000
  9. Restoration Australia (ABC) — 567,000
  10. Australian Crime Stories (Nine) — 525,000

Top metro programs: 

  1. MAFS (Nine) — 1.685 million
  2. Seven News — 1.034 million
  3. Nine News — 1.009 million

Losers: MKR; Ten; Weekend Today.

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News— 1.034 million
  2. Nine News — 1.090 million
  3. 60 Minutes (Nine) —- 811,000
  4. 7pm ABC News —679,000
  5. Sunday Night (Seven)  — 342,000
  6. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 309,000
  7. 10 News First — 240,000
  8. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 221,000
  9. SBS World News — 145,000

Morning (National) TV:

  1. Insiders (ABC, ABC News) — 698,000
  2. Weekend Sunrise (Seven) — 396,000 
  3. Landline (ABC) — 391,000
  4. Weekend Today (Nine) — 279,000
  5. Offsiders (ABC) — 276,000
  6. Sports Sunday (Nine) — 179,000

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. NRL: Wests v Auckland (Fox League) —272,000
  2. NRL: Canterbury v Parramatta (Fox League) — 222,000
  3. AFL: GWS v Essendon (Fox Footy) — 177,000
  4. AFL: Fremantle v North Melbourne (Fox Footy) — 169,000
  5. AFL: St Kilda v Gold Coast (Fox Footy) — 125,000

Peter Fray

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