Sunday ratings no simple song & dance

By David Knox on May 18, 2009 / Filed Under News 9

img_4328On Sunday night the ABC lost some of its audience to SBS and its Eurovision broadcast.

ABC’s share was down to 12.7%, while SBS lifted to 9.9%. Last Sunday ABC had 13.3% and SBS 4.3%. The song contest took 482,000 across its 3+ hours and enjoyed its biggest audience in Melbourne, as it does customarily. Last year competing with Big Brother live evictions and Gladiators it grabbed 427,000.

There were huge audiences for Seven News 1.7m and Nine News 1.54m but at 6:30pm Merlin‘s 1.37m topped Sunday Night‘s 1.22m -with AFL in Adelaide, Seven and TEN actually tied the share for the hour. Nine’s homeMADE repeated its 1.02m audience it managed last Sunday. In Adelaide without Sunday Night competing it picked up from 95,000 last week to 131,000.

MasterChef Australia again won its slot with 1.45m which is impressive given many younger viewers would have been sampling Eurovision. 60 Minutes beat Seven’s observational doubles.

Bones is performing well for Seven at 1.27 over CSI 1.08 and Rove‘s 1.00m.

Castle‘s debut (939,000) and CSI: NY (833,000) left Harper’s Island struggling in its second week on just 425,000. As a serial drama it’s in trouble and probably unlikely to remain.

Today‘s weekend edition 185,000 was thrashed by Sunrise 437,000.

Overall, Seven managed to win the night.

Week 21

Disclaimer: David Knox blogs Eurovision for SBS.


  1. Harry May 18, 2009 at 11:35 pm -

    I cant believe Harpers Island is flopping that badly! The promos were fantastic! TEN needs a high rating show on Friday nights, so Harpers Island cannot be on Fridays! That would be a disaster!

  2. Burt May 18, 2009 at 10:13 pm -

    If a one season show ripping off Agatha Christie (Harper’s Island) is rating very poorly in the US, it never made sense for Ten to screen it, but would’ve been a good fit to screen during the summer recess this year.

  3. Luke May 18, 2009 at 8:19 pm -

    Please Network TEN don’t drop/move Harper’s Island. I specifically stay up and watch it whereas I wouldn’t usually keep the TV on after Rove.

    I don’t know why the ratings are so low because everyone I’ve been speaking too is talking about it. That isn’t just a few people around my age either, the show appeals to a number of demographics and is a really good mystery.

  4. mikey May 18, 2009 at 7:07 pm -

    Every time I read something about Big Brother on this site I remember how much I miss it :| Sad, very sad indeed (on both counts)….

    Interesting to see Sunrise whooping Today’s butt – must be the AOK factor.

  5. nik May 18, 2009 at 6:29 pm -

    Harpers Island needs to go, Ten have the potential to come second on Sunday Nights with the strengths of Merlin and MC, they need a solid 9.30 performer

  6. james grant May 18, 2009 at 6:17 pm -

    Give Harpers Island a good late night timeslot – maybe 10.30 on a weeknight – guaranteed it will gain a good late night cult following – its a horror flick stretched out as a mini series but its harmless fun and well worth sitting up for

  7. jezza May 18, 2009 at 5:33 pm -

    If ten drop harpers island my faith in the australian tv industry is gone. surely its only a mini series! how hard would it b to just leave it there for its run

  8. ryan May 18, 2009 at 5:29 pm -

    yeah harpers island needs to go! friday would be a good slot. rove needs to be pushed back to 9 and somehow make masterchef 1.5 hrs

  9. Craig May 18, 2009 at 4:44 pm -

    I’m hoping if they do move Harper’s Island it’s to Friday nights to replace Life on Mars which ends in 2 week.

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