Sunday Night hits 1.66m

By David Knox on September 10, 2012 / Filed Under News 13

Sunday Night powered to an impressive 1.66m viewers as the #1 show last night, again benefiting from being an alternative to lighter content.

Encouragingly for Nine, House Husbands won its timeslot (1.2m) and also performed strongly in the demos, an important test for its second outing.

Seven Network won the night with a 32.1% share then Nine 28.4%, ABC 19.4%, TEN 15.8% and SBS 4.3%.

Sunday Night‘s 1.66m for Seven was followed by Seven News (1.48m), Border Security (1.32m), Airways (1.26m), Mrs. Brown’s Boys (1.04m), Kath & Kim (573,000), and Billy Connolly’s World Tour of Australia (215,000).

Nine News won its slot on 1.49m for Nine but dropped to 1.05m for Big Brother before rebuilding with 60 Minutes (1.4m). House Husbands followed with 1.2m. The Mentalist was 650,000 and an Underbelly replay was 288,000.

Kevin’s Grand Design topped ABC1 with 974,000 then Dream Build (952,000), Call the Midwife (905,000), ABC News (878,000), Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple (454,000) and Paralympics (224,000).

Another tough night for TEN but NCIS lifted on last week to reach 632,000. From there it was all downhill with Modern Family (547,000 / 405,000), TEN News (401,000), Graham Norton (364,000), The Simpsons (317,000), The Project (302,000) and FIA Formula One (259,000 in 3 cities).

Meet the Romans was 269,000 on SBS ONE then Inside Nature’s Giants (236,000), World News Australia (193,000) and Tabloid (88,000).

Sesame Street on ABc2 (267,000) was the highest rated multichannel show.

Sunday 9 September 2012.


  1. dwuuuu September 12, 2012 at 7:54 am -

    Chris Bath is smokin hot on Sunday Nights

    Its the best reason to keep her on Sunday and dump Dancing with the Stars

  2. alex September 10, 2012 at 8:25 pm -

    @ Hoin I agree with you. I think you’ll find most people stopped watching The Simpsons in the mid 90’s, about the same time they stopped watching Neighbours, yet the network continues to droll them out.

    And despite what the critics think, Graham Norton has never fired with Australian audiences, yet he is continually screened in prime time. Why?

  3. David Knox September 10, 2012 at 6:17 pm -

    That’s just daft. Change the channel?

  4. Hoin September 10, 2012 at 5:55 pm -

    Absolute desperation by TEN to bring The Simpsons back to the timeslot on the main channel they had it in when the show first started in 1989. And they’re not even new episodes they have already been repeated over 20 times already.

    Channel TEN has the smell of death about it and if all they can offer for prime Sunday night viewing is a cartoon series which passed its use by date in the mid 1990s then they should quit going through the motions and just give up altogether.

  5. Maev....Sydney September 10, 2012 at 5:29 pm -

    The only program I watched from the above mentioned …was the Formula One…and will watch it again tonite…in glorious HD on ONE…as we are not allowed to watch it live in HD…. :x ..
    I will probably catch the rerun on House Husbands tomorrow night at 10.30PM…as I did last week…and Call the Midwife on IView….

  6. Les Solomon September 10, 2012 at 4:38 pm -

    I know I am not a fan of overly commercial TV shows, but I endured the second episode of “House Husbands” and it would have been easier to watch paint dry. How dull,silly and predictable can commercial TV be? It actually makes “Packed to the Rafters”look like a drama series and that is saying something. No wonder quality shows like “Mad Men”, “Dexter”,”Breaking Bad’ never make it onto commercial television. The viewers that watched this bilge are too busy watching trash. Commercial TV has taught FTA viewers to enjoy trash and now that is all they know how to enjoy.

  7. DIESEL21 September 10, 2012 at 4:29 pm -

    After the Jackson update/thank you story, did I imagine Chris Bath saying “Next we promised and Nigella will deliver, Australia awaits her Vegemite Pasta”. They then showed a clip of Nigalla (with Next on the screen) the usual ad break followed, then Border Security started!
    Um.. where’s her recipe story???

  8. jezza September 10, 2012 at 2:51 pm -

    And wasnt the mentalist uber popular before nine started sticking in a replay every third episode?

  9. jezza September 10, 2012 at 2:50 pm -

    Remember when NCIS would win the night?
    Ten is well stuffed, hope they realise this and actually invest in more quality programming next year.

  10. jezza the first original one September 10, 2012 at 12:30 pm -

    Ch10 are firmly established in 4th place. Have they got any chance of getting up to 3rd in the near future?….even just for one night?

  11. nicks September 10, 2012 at 11:04 am -

    Manacled Mormans,sex slaves,Dr Hong’s cloned mini-boogers,teeth in a location you couldn’t imagine…such are the stuff of another Errol Morris documentary Tabloid.Folks, if you want a think about truth and fiction,beauty and decay,brilliance and insanity,comedy and pathos, have a look at this one…it’s on Sbs’s website.Morris never disappoints,but his effort here was,with the material to work with,fascinating to no end.Thanks to David for alerting me on this.

  12. Evan43 September 10, 2012 at 10:54 am -

    I enjoyed “Meet The Romans” on SBS.
    Haven’t watched “House Husbands” yet – Nine’s promos have put me off.

  13. jonno September 10, 2012 at 10:41 am -

    Sunday Night would have to be making Seven a bit of money as it is an original idea and not an overseas franchise.Have to wonder if Nine have to pay much for the 60 Minutes rights.

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