Week 41 TV results: Late surge sees Royal Network push to the top

Mediaweek editor James Manning examines week 41’s TV ratings.

With Seven having the only camera access inside the church, the other broadcasters left it alone, pushing Seven’s Friday share to 31.1%, the best since Friday night AFL finals on September 21.

Seven won the week with a primary share of 20.1%, a combined channel share of 29.3% and also a winning commercial share of 38.6%.

However, Nine claimed all of the key demographics in primary channel primetime commercial shares of people 25-54 (25.2%), people 16-39 (24.2%) and shopper with child (26.1%).

Nine also claimed the key demographics in network primetime commercial shares of people 25-54 (36.2%), people 16-39 (34.5%) and shopper with child (37.4%).

The hottest shows of Week 41 were:

Nine: The Block – All four episodes were in the top 10 with the biggest audience of 1.14m for the Sunday episode ranking it #1 for the week.

Seven: The Royal Wedding was the only other program to crack 1m viewers in the first week of daylight saving.

Seven’s next best was the launch episode of All Together Now on 813,000.

TEN: The presentations after The Bathurst 1000 attracted the biggest audience for the channel – 957,000. The race itself averaged 737,000.

The Australian Survivor Grand Finale –The Winner Announced also made the top 10 with 877,000 hearing Shane Gould’s name read out. TEN had one of its best weeks of the year and its best two consecutive weeks since the launch of MasterChef back in May.

SBS: The channel had its equal-lowest share since April – 4.4%. Its most-watched show was Tony Robinson’s Hidden Britain By Drone with 304,000.

ABC: The channel had its best share since the last week of August. Helping drive that result were Wednesday’s Hard Quiz and Mad As Hell, as well as Monday’s Australian Story.


On combined channel share (aka network share), Seven has dominated in all survey weeks except four this year.

Seven is also claiming leading commercial shares year-to-date total people and the key demos 25-54, 16-39 and 18-49. Seven is up YOY in all key demos, yet leads Nine by less than a point in the three age groups.

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