More people watched Eurovision Song Contest Live in the morning this year than they did in 2015.
It averaged 302,000 Live this year, up on 263,000 for Guy Sebastian’s tilt. But there were actually 527,000 watching the Weatherwatch and Music in preliminary figures, when the winner was announced. In the evening it drew 407,000 down on 592,000 last year. It suggests SBS is educating more of the audience to watch and vote Live.
The lure of Eurovision arguably impacted Sunday night reality shows. The Voice still topped the night at 1.36m viewers, while House Rules drew its best figure at 920,000. MasterChef dipped to 847,000.
Nine network won Sunday with 29.9% then Seven 26.1%, ABC 17.2%, TEN 16.3% and SBS 10.5%.
The Voice was #1 with 1.36m viewers for Nine then Nine News 1.34m, 60 Minutes (804,000) and Nightmare on Everest (431,000).
Seven News (1.35m) was strong for Seven followed by House Rules (920,000) and Sunday Night (517,000). The Blacklist was 280,000.
MasterChef drew 847,000 for TEN. Modern Family was 518,000 / 351,000, Shark Tank was 449,000 and TEN Eyewitness News was 358,000.
ABC News (831,000) was best for ABC then Midsomer Murders (781,000), Grand Designs (762,000) and Compass (294,00).
Oddly it was Weatherwatch and Music (527,000) that was highest for SBS in preliminary figures. Eurovision Song Contest pulled 407,000 in the evening (and 302,000 in the morning). SBS World News was 218,000.
ABC2’s Ready, Steady, Wiggle was 257,000 on multichannels.
OzTAM Overnights: Sunday 15 May 2016.
Photo: Thomas Hanses.