TV Ratings Nov 26: Nine narrowly defeats Seven in final survey Sunday

Mediaweek editor James Manning looks at last night’s TV ratings

• Nine narrowly wins final survey Sunday. 0.3 ahead of Seven
• Seven’s combined channel share leads Nine by 0.7
• Sunday Night with Rebel Wilson 800k, Easybeats on 470k

See full ratings figures on the Mediaweek Morning Report here.

Here we go – the final week of survey.

Winning Sunday is usually key to winning the week, mainly because the stripped formats start on Sunday and run for two, three or four nights. If the Sunday numbers are good, then they will stay strong each night that format screens.

Big Sunday primary channel shares this year included 35.3% for the final of The Block on Nine and 42.0% for the NRL Grand Final which was also on Nine.

Seven’s best primary Sunday share was 29.1% when My Kitchen Rules announced its 2017 winner in April.

The best Sunday share of the year came out of survey with Seven’s 50.6% for the Australian Open Men’s Singles final in January.

On TEN, MasterChef Australia was the backbone of its best Sundays in the first half on 2017.


Sunday Night featured a Melissa Doyle interview in Spain with Rebel Wilson and then Angela Cox interviewed Manson family member Dianne Lake. The episode did 804,000.

At 8pm Seven screened an episode of Border Security with 665,000 watching.

Seven then signalled the official start of the Christmas season with another screening of Love Actually as the Sunday movie with an average metro audience of 442,000.


In Sydney and Melbourne the fourth day’s play in the First test didn’t end until close to 6.30pm, which pushed the Sunday schedule back 30 minutes.

The preliminary numbers for the three sessions of the First test day four were 773,000, 958,000 and 1.17m.

The penultimate episode of Family Food Fight went to air close to 7.30pm and the OzTAM data indicates an audience of 716,000.

Stories on 60 Minutes included IVF couples, U2 and a young Aussie adventurer. The episode did 622,000.

Episode seven of Tough Nuts: Australia’s Hardest Criminals featured Dino Dibra, a child street hoon who dabbled in murder, kidnapping, drugs and extortion, with 309,000 watching.


The channel’s best was the end of the Sunday afternoon coverage of the Supercars from Newcastle with 298,00.

Family Feud Sunday started primetime with 204,000 watching.

The Sunday edition of The Project followed with ARIA’s guest Julia Michaels on the show with 192,000 at 6.30pm and then 239,000 after 7pm.

It was then US drama night with Bull on 266,000, Widsom Of The Crowd on 248,000 and then NCIS: New Orleans on 194,000.


Making Muriel, a doco about PJ Hogan‘s stage adaption of his movie Muriel’s Wedding, did 418,000 in the Doc Martin slot.

The much anticipated first episode of Playmaker Media’s Friday On My Mind followed with 468,000.

A clever piece of programming saw the drama followed by Paul Clarke‘s Bombora Film’s doco Blood And Thunder: The Sound Of The Alberts with 262,000 staying up.


The final week of survey started with SBS World News on 135,000.

Secrets Of China’s Forbidden City followed with 279,000.

Episodes seven and eight of The Nineties then averaged 157,000.

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