Nine’s Father’s Day launch of House Husbands has paid off with the drama attracting 1.37m viewers last night.
While Nine ranked first in primary channels, Seven’s multichannels helped get them over the line.
Seven Network won with 28.9% to Nine 28.5%, ABC 22.3%, TEN 15.4% and SBS 5.0%.
Sunday Night was strongest for Seven on 1.35m viewers then Seven News (1.33m), Border Security (1.26m / 1.05m), Mrs Brown’s Boys (913,000) and Kath and Kim (516,000).
House Husbands (1.37m) was #1 for the night, winning its demos and ranking slightly better in Sydney (447,000) than its home city of Melbourne (427,000). Also for Nine 60 Minutes pulled 1.32m, then Nine News (1.2m), but Big Brother was down (949,000). The Mentalist was 615,000.
Call the Midwife did good business for ABC1 on 988,000, followed by ABC News (934,000), Grand Designs Revisited (844,000), Dream Build (797,000), Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple (554,000) and Paralympics highlights (460,000).
It was an awful night for TEN, unable to surpass 600,000 for Modern Family‘s second episode (ep 1: 416,000). Even a new NCIS bombed on 551,000 -by switching to Sundays, viewers are unaware it was a new episode, and it is one of the few assets the network has. TEN News was 425,000, Graham Norton was 364,000, The Project was 316,000 and The Simpsons was 292,000.
On SBS ONE Meet the Romans pulled 273,000 then Inside Nature’s Giants (210,000), and In the Shadow of the Moon (incorrectly logged as Tabloid) was 202,000.
Best on multichannels was ABC2′s Mike the Knight on 226,000.