In Week 45 of ratings Nine and Seven were neck and neck in the key demos.
The Nine Network won 16-39 by 0.1%, Seven won 18-49 by 0.1% and both tied on 25-54%.
If it had been this close all year the ratings race would have been a much closer battle, but now we have entered the final lap.
Seven Network again won the week in Total People. Packed to the Rafters was the week’s top show on 1.6m viewers. Also in the top ten were Seven News (Sun, 1.4m), The X Factor (Tues: 1.4m, Mon: 1.35m), and Beauty & the Geek Australia (1.33m).
Nine’s best were The Big Bang Theory (1.37m), followed by The Celebrity Apprentice (Challenge: 1.32m, Challenge Two: 1.27m), Underbelly: Razor (1.25m), and the Rugby World Cup final on 1.21m.
Doc Martin (1.32m) and Spicks and Specks (1.04m) were the top shows for ABC1.
Neither TEN nor SBS ONE ranked in the Top 20 shows under OzTAM’s new ratings republishing rules.
Network shares Seven won with 30.4% over Nine’s 26.4%, TEN’s 19.9%, ABC’s 17.9% and SBS 5.4%.
In Primary channels, Seven scored 22.6% ahead of Nine’s 19.6%. ABC1 and TEN tied on 13.4% with SBS1 on 4.6%.
7TWO topped multichannels on 4.3%, with ELEVEN and GO! on 4.0%. 7mate was 3.5%. ABC2 and GEM tied on 2.7%. ONE was 2.5%, ABC News 24 was 1.0% and ABC3 and SBS2 tied on 0.8%.
Seven won each night from Monday – Saturday, with Nine winning Sunday. ABC bettered TEN on three nights: Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, and Nine on Saturday. ABC1 was also the top Primary Channel on Saturday.
Seven took the week in Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth with Nine again victorious in Sydney.
Just 4 more weeks remain in the 2011 survey.