The final ratings week for the year seemed to sum up the bigger picture.
There were two races being fought: one between Seven and Nine and another between the ABC and TEN -and both were the stuff of cliffhangers.
Seven took out Total People by a whisker, as Nine’s Cricket saw it lift its overall performance. But Nine did win the key demos -which shadows how both will stack up for the year.
TEN came close to winning a week over the ABC but in the end fell short, summing up their post-Olympics performance.
ABC News 24: 0.9
SBS TWO: 0.9
Nine won key demos 16-39, 18-49 and 25-54.
Seven won 4 cities, but Nine took out Melbourne. Seven won Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Nine was victorious on Monday, Friday and Saturday. ABC bettered TEN on Monday, Friday and Saturday.
Sunday Night was the week’s top show with 1.37m viewers. Next for Seven were Winners and Losers (1.17m), Seven News (Sun: 1.17m, weeknights: 1.06m), Home and Away (990,000), Today Tonight (931,000), Border Security (847,000), Bones (825,000) and Better Homes and Gardens (802,000).
Nine News (Sat: 1.33m, Sun: 1.31m) was best for Nine. Other performers included 60 Minutes (1.29m), Test Cricket (highest: 1.08m), Top Gear special (960,000), ACA (947,000), RBT (900,000) and The Big Bang Theory (855,000).
New Tricks (951,000) topped ABC1 then ABC News (weeknights: 925,000, Sat: 751,000), Qi (794,000), Doc Martin (785,000), Family Confidential (769,000), Michael Palin’s Brazil (739,000) and 7:30 (639,000).
A new Modern Family led for TEN (782,000) followed by repeats (highest 776,000), Homeland (709,000), NCIS (652,000), Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals (636,000 / 612,000), TEN News (608,000), Glee (569,000) and Merlin (528,000).
On SBS ONE it was Luke Nguyen’s Greater Mekong 2 (231,000), Monster Bug Wars (228,000), Coast (222,000), Toughest Place to Be A (217,000), One Born Every Minute (215,000), Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking and The Man Who Discovered Egypt (both 208,000).
Summer’s non-ratings are now underway until Sunday February 10.