Seven wins political bunfight

By David Knox on February 28, 2012 / Filed Under News 16

Yesterday’s coverage of the Labor Leadership Vote was a fight to the end, for marathon broadcasts as well as Gillard and Rudd.

Sunrise won the morning TV battle with 386,000 viewers from 7-9am. Today was close behind on 380,000 with wins in Sydney and Melbourne.

ABC News Breakfast on two channels until 9am pulled 69,000 / 28,000. TEN’s Breakfast was 51,000 for 7-9am.

From 9am Sunrise Extended led with 290,000 over Today: Special on 227,000. ABC News 24 averaged 155,00 for its Live coverage post 9am. TEN’s Breakfast was 60,000 for its extended portion (9am-12pm).

In primetime it was another win to Seven led by My Kitchen Rules (1.84m), Revenge (1.8m), Seven News (1.25m), Today Tonight (1.05m), Home and Away (1.03m), How I Met Your Mother (863,000 / 614,000). Sports Fever on 7mate was 42,000 and 81,000 on Seven.

The Big Bang Theory did well for Nine on 1.34m (repeats 1.04m / 981,000) then Nine News (1.13m), ACA (1.04m), Alcatraz (767,000), Person of Interest (505,000 / 388,000). The Academy Awards live was 382,000 plus 271,000 in repeat on GO!

The Biggest Loser weighed in with a healthy 945,000 -its best all season. It was followed by TEN News (687,000), Bondi Rescue (555,000), NCIS: LA (504,000), The Project (501,000). Hawaii Five-0 (429,000) was below The Bold and the Beautiful (455,000).

ABC News (1.07m) won its timeslot for ABC1. Next were 7:30 (742,000), Q & A (706,000), Australian Story (634,000), Media Watch (630,000) and Four Corners (584,000).

James May’s Man Labs (209,000) led SBS ONE, then World News Australia (174,000), Mythbusters (149,000) and Danger 5 (140,000).

Heartbeat topped multichannels on 327,000.

Monday 27 February 2012


  1. nik c February 28, 2012 at 9:03 pm -

    Why would 7 much about with a new show do early in the season! Excellent way to piss off viewers & lose ratings….

  2. ryan February 28, 2012 at 4:48 pm -

    so basically this season of bondi rescue is going to fail becasue Ten insist it be on mondays and not tuesdays where bondi vet is! When bondi vet went before new ncis and then new ncis l.a Ten did really well! And when bondi vet was on thursdays 8pm it also did really well so why the hell dont they switch them back!!! Sooo annoying.

  3. deedeedragons February 28, 2012 at 3:58 pm -

    The reason Revenge works is simple: folks like seeing rich people take a fall.

  4. D@GP February 28, 2012 at 3:58 pm -

    No episode of Revenge this coming Monday, if 7’s prog listing is to be believed…

  5. Secret Squirrel February 28, 2012 at 2:23 pm -

    If Nine’s programmer had given Person of Interest more than 5 minutes to establish a loyal following, and not stuffed it around early on, it would prob be doing a lot better than it is. PoI at ~8:40 with Alcatraz at ~9:40 would have worked well.

    Until they start operating under these basic principles, they are not going to get close to matching Seven.

  6. Charlie Miso February 28, 2012 at 1:56 pm -

    Person of Interest is 10 times the show Alcatraz is.

    Next year it will be infinity as it’s bye bye Alcatraz.

  7. Allie February 28, 2012 at 12:22 pm -

    @Kenny, snap!! I said exactly the same thing last night after Hugh said that as 62 votes would have been more than ample to give K-Rudd the Prime Ministership. Hugh’s multiplication skills leave a lot to be desired.

  8. Craig February 28, 2012 at 12:05 pm -

    Any numbers for excess baggage?

    I was half way through Mythbusters last night before I realized it was a re-run form 2 season ago, why? SBS still has several new ones on the shelf why run an old one? If they are going to do that at least run the ones I missed from last season :lol:

    Still good numbers for TBBT but Alcatraz is loosing viewers while Revenge got another 1.8 million viewers. Given the numbers on FOX in the US Alcatraz might not be around once it’s 13 eps are up, and I won’t be surprised if Nine shuffles it to a later time slot before too long.

  9. nik c February 28, 2012 at 12:02 pm -

    Any ideas how Happy Endings rated. I assume it was lower than HIMYM, but by how much?
    Just hope 7 continue showing it, as I am enjoying it :)

  10. Kenny February 28, 2012 at 11:30 am -

    Memo to Hugh Riminton. On TEN News stated “Kevin Rudd could have scored double the number he did and still have lost”. Maths lesson Hugh. There were 102 voters. If KR had scored 2×31 (62) then he would have won, as JG would have scored only 40.

  11. David Knox February 28, 2012 at 11:05 am -


  12. kevmarl on twitter February 28, 2012 at 11:02 am -

    What was the ratings for the Allan Border Medal on Gem??

  13. DeeCee February 28, 2012 at 10:46 am -

    Ch9 have really stuffed up with Person of Interest. It averages 14-15 million in the US whereas Alcatraz is now below 6 million.

  14. Cameron C February 28, 2012 at 10:40 am -

    Nice work by The Project, cracking the 500,000 mark. Hoping it can stay around that mark then increase it’s share but it’s in a tough timeslot.

    HIMYM did well too in it’s 9:30 timeslot.

  15. db February 28, 2012 at 10:17 am -

    I had a problem last night where my dual-tuner PVR wasn’t able to record everything I wanted to watch. Danger 5 missed out… : ( Was it any good?

  16. steve sydney February 28, 2012 at 10:12 am -

    I have to say I actually preferred the commentary of TEN Breakfast. I like the casual conversation on the show and less sport talk.

    Sunrise I just can not stand and the Today show cutting back and forth to Lisa on the red carpet seemed so strange considering what was going on with the leadership.

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