The ceremony pulled 930,000 viewers with 593,000 of those in Melbourne alone. Seven ran split schedules across the 5 cities but ended up with a huge 37.1% network share.
For other networks it was really just a question of how they coped against big numbers.
Nine’s Big Brother performed well at 932,000 and topping the demos. But TEN had an awful night with two of its big local production ranking lower than The Bold and The Beautiful. While Wanted wraps on Thursday night, A League of their Own (unbelievably scheduled against the Brownlow) will need to lift by next week or move to a weekend slot.
Nine network was second with 26.1%, then ABC 18.8%, TEN 13.8% and SBS 4.2%.
Seven News (1.32m) topped the night for Seven followed by Brownlow Medal (930,000 / 683,000 in 3 cities), Today Tonight (855,000), Home and Away (713,000), Million Dollar Minute (583,000), Highway Patrol (452,000 in 2 cities) and Movie: Quantum of Solace (379,000 in 3 cities).
Nine News (1.21m) led Nine then A Current Affair (1.04m), Big Brother (932,000), The Amazing 80s (720,000), Hot Seat (579,000), Big Bang Theory (502,000 / 333,000). Two and a Half Men was 249,000 / 202,000.
ABC News (914,000) topped ABC1 then Australian Story (833,000), 7:30 (815,000), Four Corners (579,000), Media Watch (559,000), Q & A (476,000) and Restoration Home (317,000).
TEN had a tough night with TEN Eyewitness News (632,000), The Project (582,000). All its remaining titles fell behind The Bold and the Beautiful (428,000) being A League of their Own (403,000), Wanted (387,000) and The Simpsons (323,000).
SBS ONE also struggled with its line-up. World News Australia was 200,000, Legally Brown was 179,000, From Scratch was 165,000 and Life, Death and Mistakes was 149,000.
ABC2’s Florrie’s Dragons topped multichannels with 333,000.
ABC News Breakfast: 63,000 / 40,000
OzTAM Overnights: Monday 23 September 2013