ABC wins Election Night, but Seven takes the week

By David Knox on August 22, 2010 / Filed Under News 40

More viewers turned to the ABC for Saturday’s election coverage than  commercial offerings.

ABC1 won the five-way primary share tussle with a 27.0% share ahead of Nine’s 20.3% and Seven’s 16.9%. With its AFL commitments TEN slumped to a lowly 10.5% while SBS ONE’s belated coverage was just 3.3%. ABC News 24 was only 1.%.

Alternative viewing for Saturday saw 7TWO rise to 8.1% and GO! 6.9%.

Big audiences on Saturday and Wednesday for the national broadcaster helped the ABC defeat TEN in network figures this week.

But it was the Seven Network that won Week 34.

Network:
Seven: 29.1
Nine: 27.8
ABC: 19.1
TEN: 18.9
SBS: 5.1

Primary Channels:
Seven: 25.1
Nine: 23.3
TEN: 17.5
ABC1: 16.2
SBS1: 4.3

Digital Channels:
GO!: 4.5
7TWO: 4.0
ABC2: 1.4
ONE: 1.4
ABC News 24: 0.8
SBS2: 0.8
ABC3: 0.6

The Nine Network won three key demos 16-39, 18-49 and 25-54.

Seven won Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Friday. Nine was first on Wednesday and Thursday. ABC won Saturday. It also took third place on Wednesday.

Seven was victorious in Sydney, Adelaide and Perth while Nine came home in Melbourne and Brisbane.

Top show of the week was again Packed to the Rafters.

Rnk Description Stn Network Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 Packed To The Rafters Seven 1,904,000 546,000 611,000 292,000 207,000 248,000
2 Seven News – Sun Seven 1,626,000 384,000 500,000 354,000 176,000 211,000
3 Gruen Nation ABC1 1,539,000 504,000 482,000 223,000 161,000 169,000
4 Nine News Sunday Nine 1,486,000 459,000 451,000 261,000 170,000 144,000
5 Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation Ten 1,438,000 438,000 427,000 224,000 149,000 199,000
6 Today Tonight Seven 1,433,000 368,000 420,000 279,000 166,000 200,000
7 Seven News Seven 1,425,000 350,000 437,000 274,000 161,000 202,000
8 World’s Strictest Parents Seven 1,425,000 467,000 403,000 224,000 162,000 169,000
9 Dancing With The Stars Seven 1,366,000 391,000 453,000 238,000 130,000 155,000
10 Spicks And Specks ABC1 1,363,000 393,000 436,000 221,000 150,000 164,000
11 Minute To Win It Seven 1,355,000 438,000 399,000 201,000 136,000 183,000
12 Top Gear Nine 1,353,000 359,000 447,000 254,000 141,000 151,000
13 Sunday Night Seven 1,330,000 389,000 382,000 266,000 135,000 158,000
14 60 Minutes Nine 1,293,000 392,000 343,000 286,000 131,000 141,000
15 Better Homes And Gardens Seven 1,273,000 345,000 431,000 205,000 146,000 146,000
16 The Farmer Wants A Wife Nine 1,260,000 373,000 386,000 221,000 151,000 130,000
17 Seven News – Sat Seven 1,252,000 393,000 339,000 250,000 103,000 167,000
18 Yes We Canberra! ABC1 1,245,000 424,000 396,000 159,000 144,000 123,000
19 Nine News Nine 1,244,000 331,000 409,000 254,000 126,000 123,000
20 Undercover Boss Ten 1,188,000 346,000 369,000 203,000 111,000 160,000
21 Hot Property Nine 1,167,000 293,000 431,000 179,000 130,000 133,000
22 Two And A Half Men -Mon Nine 1,155,000 312,000 379,000 220,000 94,000 150,000
23 Modern Family Ten 1,138,000 298,000 346,000 217,000 109,000 167,000
24 A Current Affair Nine 1,134,000 289,000 418,000 212,000 105,000 111,000
25 Offspring – Telemovie Ten 1,124,000 318,000 359,000 168,000 120,000 159,000
26 Getaway Nine 1,119,000 282,000 427,000 153,000 138,000 120,000
27 Two And A Half Men -Wed Nine 1,091,000 248,000 413,000 189,000 96,000 145,000
28 Send In The Dogs Nine 1,089,000 313,000 345,000 225,000 112,000 94,000
29 Criminal Minds-Mon Seven 1,080,000 318,000 319,000 171,000 140,000 133,000
30 RBT Nine 1,068,000 329,000 326,000 198,000 103,000 113,000
31 Bondi Vet Ten 1,066,000 284,000 343,000 199,000 105,000 134,000
32 Home And Away Seven 1,037,000 301,000 294,000 188,000 123,000 130,000
33 Recruits Ten 1,036,000 283,000 339,000 165,000 106,000 144,000
34 ABC News ABC1 1,020,000 290,000 297,000 178,000 116,000 138,000
35 Two And A Half Men -Rpt Nine 1,019,000 271,000 367,000 172,000 87,000 122,000
36 Australia Votes 2010 ABC1 1,017,000 297,000 261,000 216,000 126,000 118,000
37 Modern Family Sun Ten 1,015,000 255,000 329,000 180,000 100,000 152,000
38 Rush Ten 1,004,000 223,000 380,000 125,000 141,000 135,000
39 Hot In Cleveland Nine 992,000 260,000 316,000 207,000 78,000 131,000
40 Rules Of Engagement Sun Ten 979,000 233,000 270,000 204,000 114,000 159,000
41 Rescue Special Ops Nine 977,000 258,000 304,000 190,000 106,000 120,000
42 Life ABC1 953,000 299,000 263,000 169,000 94,000 128,000
43 Rules Of Engagement Ten 950,000 205,000 320,000 191,000 97,000 138,000
44 City Homicide Seven 948,000 271,000 302,000 132,000 117,000 127,000
45 RSPCA Animal Rescue-Mon Seven 937,000 254,000 299,000 176,000 98,000 110,000
46 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Nine 928,000 258,000 273,000 184,000 117,000 96,000
47 Nine News Saturday Nine 927,000 201,000 357,000 174,000 110,000 85,000
48 ABC News-Su ABC1 925,000 318,000 275,000 130,000 87,000 115,000
49 Under The Hammer Seven 917,000 247,000 305,000 156,000 102,000 107,000
50 Parenthood Seven 911,000 276,000 335,000 115,000 88,000 98,000
51 Covert Affairs Seven 907,000 274,000 280,000 150,000 89,000 114,000
52 The Mentalist -Rpt Nine 906,000 288,000 299,000 159,000 81,000 78,000
53 The 7pm Project Ten 899,000 242,000 274,000 188,000 96,000 98,000
54 The Simpsons Wed Ten 882,000 213,000 320,000 164,000 86,000 100,000
55 NCIS Rpt Ten 859,000 236,000 273,000 152,000 81,000 116,000
56 RPA Nine 853,000 237,000 253,000 145,000 125,000 93,000
57 Q & A ABC1 837,000 304,000 245,000 139,000 82,000 67,000
58 Lie To Me Ten 817,000 201,000 302,000 147,000 74,000 92,000
59 Ten News At Five Ten 806,000 202,000 257,000 128,000 94,000 125,000
60 How I Met Your Mother Seven 799,000 230,000 214,000 130,000 92,000 135,000
61 Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Ten 798,000 206,000 236,000 129,000 100,000 126,000
62 7.30 Report ABC1 792,000 258,000 217,000 148,000 83,000 86,000
63 Good News Week Ten 786,000 198,000 259,000 125,000 90,000 114,000
64 The All New Simpsons Ten 769,000 172,000 271,000 156,000 87,000 83,000
65 Australian Story ABC1 764,000 256,000 225,000 128,000 63,000 92,000
66 Election 2010: Reaction Nine 761,000 213,000 287,000 153,000 55,000 53,000
67 Election 2010: Australia Decides Nine 749,000 216,000 282,000 162,000 39,000 50,000
68 How I Met Your Mother-Thu (R) Seven 744,000 191,000 225,000 130,000 82,000 115,000
69 Top Gear -Special Nine 732,000 191,000 246,000 116,000 80,000 97,000
70 NCIS Ep 2 Rpt Ten 730,000 158,000 253,000 143,000 84,000 91,000
71 The Footy Show Nine 714,000 125,000 346,000 84,000 85,000 74,000
72 Seven’s AFL: Rnd 21: Geelong Vs Carlton Seven 699,000 13,000 456,000 9,000 135,000 86,000
73 The Making Of Modern Australia ABC1 682,000 221,000 180,000 133,000 88,000 60,000
74 The New Inventors ABC1 665,000 190,000 237,000 98,000 74,000 67,000
75 Seven News Special: Your Call 2010 – First Results Seven 663,000 191,000 172,000 149,000 61,000 90,000
76 NCIS Fri Rpt Ten 662,000 170,000 231,000 116,000 69,000 76,000
77 Waking The Dead ABC1 658,000 159,000 198,000 87,000 105,000 110,000
78 Four Corners ABC1 652,000 227,000 179,000 121,000 55,000 70,000
79 Catalyst ABC1 650,000 183,000 203,000 127,000 77,000 59,000
80 Hot Seat Nine 649,000 170,000 198,000 155,000 68,000 58,000
81 Ten News At Five Sat Ten 641,000 144,000 289,000 108,000 63,000 36,000
82 The Simpsons Ten 639,000 161,000 229,000 93,000 66,000 90,000
83 Nine’s Live Friday Night Football Nine 635,000 355,000 *** 281,000 *** ***
84 Deal Or No Deal Seven 634,000 156,000 209,000 107,000 84,000 78,000
85 Neighbours Ten 625,000 167,000 200,000 111,000 64,000 84,000
86 Collectors ABC1 624,000 195,000 202,000 104,000 67,000 55,000
87 ABC News Up-Date ABC1 621,000 200,000 177,000 101,000 60,000 82,000
88 Bones (R) Seven 620,000 148,000 218,000 102,000 74,000 79,000
89 Media Watch ABC1 619,000 236,000 170,000 102,000 53,000 58,000
90 Burn Notice Thurs Ten 608,000 138,000 235,000 96,000 77,000 61,000
91 Qi ABC1 584,000 183,000 182,000 95,000 64,000 59,000
92 Seven News Special: Your Call 2010 – The Verdict Seven 577,000 166,000 147,000 100,000 75,000 89,000
93 Grand Designs Revisited ABC1 576,000 160,000 181,000 104,000 65,000 67,000
94 Seven News Special: Your Call 2010 Seven 576,000 176,000 120,000 143,000 57,000 79,000
95 Cold Case -Ep1 Nine 572,000 161,000 187,000 90,000 82,000 52,000
96 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Ten 571,000 143,000 204,000 97,000 62,000 65,000
97 Criminal Justice ABC1 557,000 160,000 162,000 100,000 66,000 70,000
98 Seven’s AFL: Rnd 20: Hawthorn Vs Melbourne Seven 551,000 40,000 328,000 7,000 117,000 59,000
99 Talking Heads ABC1 548,000 177,000 158,000 112,000 45,000 55,000
100 Customs -Rpt Nine 540,000 *** 332,000 *** 113,000 95,000

Pay TV Top 100

TV Item Description (Grouped) Channel 5 City Metro
1 Live: NRL Dragons V Sea Eagles Fox Sports 2 170,000
2 Live: NRL Storm V Rabbitohs Fox Sports 2 128,000
3 Live: AFL Nth Melb V St Kilda Fox Sports 1 116,000
4 Live: AFL Sydney V Western Bulldogs Fox Sports 1 113,000
5 Live: AFL Bris Lions V Adelaide Fox Sports 1 110,000
6 Live: NRL Sea Eagles V Warriors Fox Sports 2 102,000
7 The People’s Forum: Brisbane Sky News 92,000
8 Live: AFL: On The Couch Fox Sports 1 82,000
9 Live: NRL Storm V Sharks Fox Sports 2 82,000
10 Marple: Why Didn’t They Ask Evans 13th Street 75,000
11 Live: NRL Warriors V Knights Fox Sports 2 69,000
12 Election 2010 Live Sky News 65,000
13 Live: AFL Hawthorn V Fremantle Fox Sports 1 64,000
14 Live: AFL Teams Fox Sports 1 59,000
15 Bolt Disney Channel 58,000
16 Election 2010: News Night Sky News 50,000
17 Live: NRL Monday Post Game Show Fox Sports 2 48,000
18 Midsomer Murders UKTV 47,000
19 NRL Cowboys V Bulldogs Fox Sports 2 45,000
20 Hannah Montana Forever Disney Channel 43,000
21 Doc Martin UKTV 42,000
22 Live: Rugby Union: Tri Nations Fox Sports 2 41,000
23 Football: BPL Highlights Fox Sports 1 41,000
24 Live: Football: Bpl: Liverpool V Arsenal Fox Sports 3 37,000
25 Live: NRL On Fox Fox Sports 2 35,000
26 Australia’s Next Top Model Fox8 33,000
27 Live: Golf: USPGA Championship Fox Sports 3 33,000
28 Gladiator Showtime Action 33,000
29 The Simpsons Fox8 33,000
30 Defence Of The Realm Fox Classics 32,000
31 Election 2010: The Last Word Sky News 32,000
32 AFL: Before The Bounce Fox Sports 1 31,000
33 G-Force FMC – Family Movie Channel 31,000
34 Too Young To Kill: 15 Shocking Crimes E! 31,000
35 Qi UKTV 31,000
36 Live: NRL Monday Pre Game Show Fox Sports 2 30,000
37 The Catherine Tate Show UKTV 30,000
38 Live: NRL Saturday Pre Game Show Fox Sports 2 30,000
39 Poirot: Cards On The Table 13th Street 30,000
40 Family Guy Fox8 29,000
41 16 Wishes Disney Channel 29,000
42 Addams Family Values Nickelodeon 29,000
43 Good Luck Charlie Disney Channel 29,000
44 American Dad Fox8 29,000
45 The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre Fox Classics 28,000
46 The Vikings Fox Classics 27,000
47 Missing Children Crime & Investigation 27,000
48 True Blood S3 Ep1 Showcase 27,000
49 The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three Fox Classics 27,000
50 NCIS TV1 27,000
51 Live: AFL 360 Fox Sports 1 27,000
52 Election 2010: Key Seats Sky News 27,000
53 Live: AFL Pre Game Show Fox Sports 1 27,000
54 Are You Being Served? Comedy Channel 26,000
55 Live: Football: EPL: Man U V Newcastle Fox Sports 3 26,000
56 AFL: Before The Bounce Fox Sports 2 26,000
57 Scare Tactics Fox8 25,000
58 Live: Football: A-League Adel V Melb H Fox Sports 1 25,000
59 Legend Of The Seeker Fox8 25,000
60 Taggart 13th Street 25,000
61 Glee Fox8 25,000
62 Futurama Fox8 25,000
63 Eastenders UKTV 25,000
64 I’m In The Band Disney Channel 25,000
65 Tabatha’s Salon Takeover Arena 25,000
66 Fantasia 2000 Disney Channel 24,000
67 Saturday Agenda Sky News 24,000
68 Selling Houses Lifestyle Channel 24,000
69 Porridge Comedy Channel 24,000
70 TNA Impact Fox8 24,000
71 TV1 Trivia Challenge TV1 24,000
72 The Contrarians Sky News 24,000
73 Hogan’s Heroes TV1 24,000
74 Year One Showtime Premiere 24,000
75 Open All Hours Comedy Channel 23,000
76 Road Trip: Beer Pong Showtime Premiere 23,000
77 White Chicks TV1 23,000
78 Paul Murray Live Sky News 23,000
79 The Nation Sky News 23,000
80 Year Of The Dragon Fox Classics 23,000
81 Australian Agenda Sky News 23,000
82 Hannah Montana Disney Channel 23,000
83 The Big Report Nickelodeon 23,000
84 My Boyfriend The Sex Tourist Crime & Investigation 22,000
85 Blackadder Comedy Channel 22,000
86 Live: Golf: USPGA Championship Fox Sports 1 22,000
87 The Berlin Wall: Escape To Freedom History Channel 22,000
88 Top Gear BBC Knowledge 22,000
89 Megafactories: Rolls Royce National Geographic 22,000
90 Raceday Saturday Sky Racing 22,000
91 Heartbeat UKTV 22,000
92 Better Off Ted Comedy Channel 22,000
93 National Press Club: Julia Gillard Sky News 21,000
94 Election 2010: The Leaders Sky News 21,000
95 Sharpe’s Peril UKTV 21,000
96 Cricket: World Series Classics Fox Sports 3 21,000
97 Solitary Fox8 21,000
98 Pirates Of The Caribbean Movie Extra 21,000
99 Live: Football: EPL Arsenal V Blackpool Fox Sports 3 20,000
100 The Inspector Lynley Mysteries UKTV 20,000

ASTRA Week 34

Week 34

40 Comments »

  1. Craig(Buzz) August 25, 2010 at 5:19 pm -

    Thanks David

  2. David Knox August 24, 2010 at 1:45 am -

    5 city metro are Foxtel. ASTRA are both.

  3. Craig(Buzz) August 24, 2010 at 1:23 am -

    David are they austar ratings or Foxtel,my guess there austar?Whatever they are thanks for posting them…….I thought Channel 9 coverage was the best with the election,entertaining when they were having a go at each other.Perhaps when there is a debate next time between both leaders this would be a more entertaining way to go.I found the ABC were using graphics they used last time not exactly new

  4. Anythony August 23, 2010 at 2:52 pm -

    Low point of the night – David Koch talking to Wyatt Roy, and bursting with a sense of hilarity as he excitedly told him he was more popular on Twitter than Justin Bieber!!!! Nothing about policy, nothing about his plans, nothing about the milestone of being the youngest PM – just Koch dumbing down everything he goes near. I learnt my lesson, switched back to the ABC and did not leave the safety – and sanity – of it for the rest of the night.

  5. Michelle August 23, 2010 at 2:04 pm -

    Vicky says:
    August 22, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    I flicked between 9 and ABC and a bit of Sky News but I was mainly watching Wedding Crashers on Go!

    I agree Vicky, the shouting and arguing between the political consultants on Nine got out of hand as the night went on, Lisa and Carl seemed to be consultanly trying to break-up the agruing. Anyway I was turned off almost straight away when Peter Costello started the smirk he always has.

  6. Saz August 23, 2010 at 10:15 am -

    The ABC was by far the best coverage but I found it boring. 9 was alright, 7 as usual thinks that everything has to be a ‘Sunrise’ clone.

  7. Andrew August 23, 2010 at 9:48 am -

    As usual Nine and Seven showed a deep lack of respect for the Australian public by having a serious night hosted by airheads. Will they ever get the message?

  8. chk chk August 23, 2010 at 9:26 am -

    I totally enjoyed Nine’s coverage, didn’t bother looking at other channels’.

  9. David P August 22, 2010 at 8:54 pm -

    ABC’s coverage was excellent. The only one to watch with good graphics and presentation. A highly credible production.
    Channel 9’s coverage was a joke and unwatchable. Lisa what’s her name was way out of her depth, a ridiculously large panel and with those ducks, stupid presentation.All on a night that was history in the making.

  10. Jiannis August 22, 2010 at 8:44 pm -

    Overall I was impressed with both Nine and ABC. 7 looked like a very cheap version, Nine’s was very grand but authoritative and they had reporters all over the location.

    I for one actually liked the “shooting ducks” to give a summary of the results, but I think 2007’s “shredder” is better and quicker. Nine’s and ABC’s graphics were easy to understand. It looks like Nine invested a lot into it, and not just money & set, but also with their new technology and with their reporters. Good to see Ellen Fanning for Nine in Bennelong and Mistopoulos in Hasluck.

    Surprisingly, some of Antony Green’s predictions were wrong, I think he expected an ALP win (certainly according to his website’s seat-by-seat profile). Clearly the ABC won for their clarity. Nine was the leader out of the commerciaislf or being the most expansive. I for one enjoyed the panel and the discussion. Laughed when Wayne Swan almost lost his seat.

    Sky’s graphics and super on the bottom were very complexed to understand. Dislike.

    By the way, Costello, Kroger, Roxon and Oakes were fantastic. Arbib, Joyce and the biographer were unbearable at times! Also, in 2007, there was amazing bias for ALP and Rudd. Oakes & 9 especially. This time we saw a swing in bias for Abbott, but no where near as much as what Rudd was lucky to have in 2007.

  11. Heléna August 22, 2010 at 8:18 pm -

    I found the ABC coverage dull, disturbingly so,

    I also watched Sky and Nine, David Speers looked exhausted especially towards the end of the election broadcast, not that I can blame him, they have certainly kept him busy, they were also having problems with their graphical software

    I loved every moment of Nine’s coverage, the hosts, who I always enjoy and the panel, especially as always Michael Kroeger, Laurie Oakes was authoritative, I only wish that they had been able to retain Graeme Richardson, and they didn’t have that ridiculous and rude biographer woman, the less we see of her the better

  12. msd August 22, 2010 at 8:09 pm -

    I had an election get together with friends and we watched the ABC. We briefly switched over to 9, just in time to catch some idiotic graphics (ducks being shot down in a shooting gallery… wtf??!) and after 20 seconds we switched back.

    Thanks ABC. You’re still the only one to watch when it comes to “serious” TV.

  13. ScottyH August 22, 2010 at 6:18 pm -

    Channel Nine’s Election coverage was truly awful and further enhanced the problems with Australian politics. Just filthy politicians screaming at each other. It was also completly obvious that Nine’s bias went to the Coalition.

  14. Denys August 22, 2010 at 6:13 pm -

    @Tom – “Anyone else notice Melissa Doyle looked like she’d forgotten to put a top on under her jacket… Very strange!”

    Yes Tom, I did. Her top was skin colour which made her look like she wasn’t wearing one. Amusing to say the least.

  15. Earthquake August 22, 2010 at 6:09 pm -

    Also, I know that internet viewership doesn’t come into it, but I do really want to thank ABC for having the election coverage on their ABC app. It’s excellent that the ABC has adapted to suit viewers needs. Next what we need is an iView app for the iPhone!

  16. Earthquake August 22, 2010 at 6:03 pm -

    ABC had the best panel and the best graphics.

    Nine had too many graphics and Seven’s were very confusing. Nine had the biggest panel but too many commentators spoil the jibber.

    SBS took a different tact to the others and had a rather uninspiring panel and then had very youth orientated reporters? Ten’s Election Project was very good and it was a shame they had to spoil it by showing AFL. Bill Woods’ efforts after the AFL were heroic for a one man band, but seemed to be on the cheap compared to everyone else.

  17. John W August 22, 2010 at 5:38 pm -

    ABC’s coverage was by far the best IMHO although Stephen Smith would not be my first choice for ALP rep on the panel – he takes far too long to make simple points during live broadcasting. Nick Minchin and Anthony Green were both in top form as usual. I thought Laurie Oakes at times looked quite embarrassed by the “fun” segments during 9’s coverage.

  18. Vicky August 22, 2010 at 5:32 pm -

    I watched ch7 in between the football as I was sick of ch9 shouting at each other every 5 minutes. Grow up people.

  19. Chris August 22, 2010 at 5:19 pm -

    ABC was definitely the one to watch. Why the commercial channels keep pulling out their breakfast show hosts for this kind of thing I don’t know. I switched around for a bit to compare. Nine’s shooting ducks and falling dominos was lame (the shooting sucks was particularly slow and boring), and Ben Fordam (I think it was him, can’t remember now) couldn’t even use the touch screen properly when displaying Twitter comments. I spent hardly any time watching Seven. I watched the Election Project on Ten, and would have been happy to watch that all night (would have been nice to stay with coverage containing an informed comedy bent). Nine kept talking about all the money they had spent – I think their ratings result should be an eye opener that it was pretty much a waste.

    David – do you know if the ABC was a successful on previous election nights (ratings wise)? I wonder if the success of Gruen Nation, Yes We Canberra, and Q&A helped push people towards the ABC coverage too.

  20. Sharpy August 22, 2010 at 5:01 pm -

    It just goes to show that flashy graphics and 3D chambers mean nothing against quality journalism, commentary and insight…

  21. Tom August 22, 2010 at 3:23 pm -

    Anyone else notice Melissa Doyle looked like she’d forgotten to put a top on under her jacket… Very strange!

  22. alty August 22, 2010 at 3:14 pm -

    7 was better than nine, only cos I preferred the weird “race around Australia” compared to Nines Bizzare shooting of the political ‘ Duck’. But like both parties it was a race to the bottom for seven and nine.

  23. Camo August 22, 2010 at 2:50 pm -

    I worked in the Tally room last night…proud to as well, for the 3 election… I won’t reveal who i worked for but for mine the ABC was by far the best…7 had more bells and whistles and grumpier staff…9 had played down set… Sky News was so so…TEN had the smallest set, and the public was kept well away from Kerry Obrien…so they wouldnt make alot of noise…that was until Bob Brown turned up and the public went very vocal

  24. David Knox August 22, 2010 at 2:49 pm -

    Just one more Yes We Canberra ep.

    ABC advises 6pm – midnight:
    Ave Aud / Total TV Share %

    ABC1 1,003,000 / 21.2
    ABC News 24 39,000 / 0.8
    Seven 627,000 / 13.3
    Nine 754,000 / 16.0
    TEN 392,000 / 8.3
    SBS ONE 124,000 / 2.6
    SKY NEWS 65,000 / 1.4

    NB: Some broadcasts ran longer.

  25. J Bar August 22, 2010 at 2:37 pm -

    Not surprised that the ABC won. It’s the one I ended up watching the most.
    Nine and Seven both had shocking coverage. SBS and Sky News were a joke.
    Neither Nine nor Seven should have used their breakfast teams which demeaned the whole thing. The chatter between Mel and Kochie was so inane and Karl just proved over and over again what an idiot he is and how Lisa Wilkinson carries him and the whole Today show. Next time, just leave it to your top newreaders to host.

  26. Ellie August 22, 2010 at 2:05 pm -

    Both of the commercial networks that covered the election were appalling and I am so glad that the viewers showed some sense and tuned into the ABC. I switched to CH 9 and 7 once each for a few minutes only to see “breakfast TV drivel heads” attempting to cover an event that will truly effect the Australian people.

  27. Steve August 22, 2010 at 1:46 pm -

    Will “Yes We Canberra” keep going until there is a conclusive election result?

  28. jim August 22, 2010 at 1:43 pm -

    I was a little disappointed to see the networks, ABC included, cutting the little ‘media conferences’ short. (eg. Kevin Rudd in Griffith, Bob Brown in the Tally Room, etc).

    Other than that, I found ABC’s coverage to be flawless.

  29. Anthony August 22, 2010 at 1:42 pm -

    Well deserved. They had the best coverage and analysis.

  30. Ja'mie August 22, 2010 at 1:42 pm -

    Very pleased to see abc win last night, and beat Ten for the week.

    Surprised Seven’s coverage rated so low, it was far superior to Nine’s anyway.

  31. timmy August 22, 2010 at 1:31 pm -

    Watched ABC almost exclusively last night. Briefly surfed to Seven & Nine at times but the tacky graphics and in-your-faceness of them made their coverage look more like a telethon than an election. I agree with Reg, tho, Nine’s was easily the worst. Early on I tuned in to see bombs dropping onto targets and wondered who the hell had come up with that. Bizarre. Meanwhile back on ABC, Antony Green’s expert analysis ensured they stayed leaps and bounds ahead of the commercials, as could be seen by their advanced calling of the seats right throughout the night.

  32. Harold August 22, 2010 at 12:36 pm -

    Some positive signs for abc news 24 with weekly share slowly climbing. nine’s coverage last night was pathetic. Graphics overing over half the screen. I thought chris bath did a good job with her ‘state of play’ segment on 7. ABC coverage was outstanding as always. no one can beat the knowledge and expierence of antony green. Well Done to everyone in canberra who did >6 hrs live to air without commercial breaks.

  33. Paull August 22, 2010 at 12:36 pm -

    It seems like all the major networks still don’t own HD cameras, it was shocking picture quality.

    As for ten, their ‘election project’ was a winner for me, I was really annoyed they had football on because honestly, as that 10.5% share shows, no one watches football on election night. The game should have been on earlier in the day.

  34. Josh August 22, 2010 at 12:22 pm -

    I kept flicking from channel to channel but found myself watching ABC News 24 as it gave accuratelty the correct amount of seats won. Like seriously every channel had a different number of seats for each party. Like on 7 they said Labour had more seats but were predicting Liberal to win, while ABC News 24 provided the right amount of seats, and reasons why it looked like Liberal will win instead of 7’s “guessing” method

  35. Craig August 22, 2010 at 12:17 pm -

    I stuck to ABC and SkyNews, surprised ABC News HD didn’t rate better, maybe people forgot about it. And ouch for TEN, I guess more people were interested in the election that a game of foot ball.

  36. Gary August 22, 2010 at 12:06 pm -

    7’s coverage looked very amateur with the mics they were using. Having Kochie and Mel host didn’t help either.

  37. Mr. chandler August 22, 2010 at 11:56 am -

    i am not surprised the abc won the election battle. 7 trying to beat the abc at election night coverage is laughable the way they present it.

  38. Reg August 22, 2010 at 11:31 am -

    Not at all surprised that the ABC won – it provided quality coverage as always.
    The commercial networks were thoroughly disappointing with coverage provided by breakfast TV hosts. Nine’s coverage in particular was awful, every time I tuned in Barnaby Joyce was shouting at someone.

  39. Kenny August 22, 2010 at 11:24 am -

    The commercials still don’t get it. We just want clean clear graphics with authorative presenters, not visual fog and Barbie dolls.

  40. pietro August 22, 2010 at 11:21 am -

    Pleased to see the ABC won last night. Visually nothing on ABC24 looked to be HD, certainly the tally room wasn’t. Poor, really.

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