Last week the numbers showed signs of struggle, with no show topping a million viewers on Thursday. There was just one on Friday and three on both Wednesday and Saturday.
It’s undoubtedly a combination of Daylight Saving, fragmentation and fewer first-run episodes.
Seven can be grateful that The X Factor is still performing, with the network winning another week. Nine’s Hamish and Andy stepped in to fill a Big Brother void. ABC and TEN were locked in a tie by the end of Friday, but Saturday nudged the public broadcaster into third place once again.
SBS ONE: 4.4
ABC News 24: 0.9
SBS TWO: 0.9
Seven took key demos 16-39, 18-49 and 25-54.
Seven won all 5 metro cities and every night of the week except Sunday, which fell to Nine. ABC bettered TEN on Monday, Friday and Saturday.
The X Factor again topped the week with 1.54m / 1.53m. Seven’s other performers were Seven News (Sun: 1.2m, weeknights: 1.02m), The Force (1.17m), Winners and Losers (1.14m), Highway Patrol (1.13m), Sunday Night (1.03m), a repeat movie Quantum of Solace (1.00m) and Beauty and the Geek (977,000).
Hamish & Andy’s Caravan of Courage (1.35m) was best for Nine, then 60 Minutes (1.21m), Nine News (Sun: 1.21m, weeknights: 1.01m), The Big Bang Theory (973,000), ACA (910,000) and RBT (703,000).
New Tricks (1.16m) topped ABC1 followed by ABC News (weeknights: 1.00m, Sat: 886,000), Australian Story (969,000), Michael Palin’s Brazil (852,000), Doc Martin (795,000) and 7:30 (762,000).
A Modern Family repeat (811,000) proved to be TEN’s strongest show then Homeland (739,000 / 639,000), new Modern Family (717,000), Can of Worms (589,000), Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals (579,000) and TEN News (575,000).
56 Up (377,000) led SBS ONE. Coast was 307,000, One Born Every Minute was 294,000, America in Primetime was 245,000, Finding Life Beyond Earth was 239,000 and Jimmy and the Giant Supermarket was 224,000.
The 2012 ratings year ends with Saturday December 1st.