Nine and Seven continue to tussle over weekly ratings win, usually determined by event television.
Last week Nine won the race sweeping the top 8 rankings, thanks in part to some strategic coding of its titles.
In Total People shares Nine Network was 31.2% then Seven 28.3%, TEN 19.6%, ABC 16.0% and SBS 5.0%.
But the action was a lot more interesting in the demos.
Nine slammed its rivals in 16-39, 18-49 and 25-54. Significantly, last week TEN actually defeated Seven in 16-39 and 18-49 and came close to Seven in 25-54.
State of Origin was 2.5m for its match, with Nine’s other performers being The Voice (2.12m), The Block (highest episode 1.53m), Hamish & Andy’s Euro Gap Year (1.41m), Nine News (Sun: 1.38m, weeknights: 1.21m) and 60 Minutes (1.14m).
Packed to the Rafters (1.38m) led for Seven then Seven News (Sun: 1.38m, weeknights: 1.36m), Downton Abbey (1.34m), Revenge (1.21m), Today Tonight (1.16m) and Dancing with the Stars (1.12m).
MasterChef was TEN’s best (highest episode 1.29m), then Bikie Wars (1.03m), Being Lara Bingle (925,000), Offspring (865,000), Modern Family (767,000) and TEN News (741,000).
Death in Paradise (966,000) was best for ABC1 followed by ABC News (weeknights: 944,000), Silent Witness (768,000), Four Corners (733,000), Q & A (727,000) and Australian Story (719,000).
On SBS ONE Indian Ocean with Simon Reeve pulled 309,000 then Caroline Quentin: A Passage Through India (286,000), Heston’s Feasts (280,000) and Who Do You Think You Are? (256,000).
Nine’s primary channel was 25.1%, then Seven 21.6%, TEN 13.9%, ABC1 11.9% and SBS ONE 4.0%.
GO! was 3.8% followed by 7TWO 3.5%, 7mate 3.2%, ELEVEN 3.1%, ABC2 2.6%, ONE 2.5%, Gem 2.2%, SBS TWO 1.0%, ABC News 24 0.8%, ABC3 0.7%.
Nine ranked first in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane with Seven still in front in Adelaide and Perth.
Seven won Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Nine took Monday and Wednesday. ABC bettered TEN on Saturday.