ABC’s doctor-based shows collect largest Sunday night audiences

The most successful non-news programs on Sunday night’s TV was the ABC’s Doc Martin which outranked commercial competitors with a metro audience of almost 1m.

Seven’s The Wall, Nine’s Family Food Fight and Ten’s The Bull could not beat the British medical comedy Doc Martin, which topped OzTAM’s overnight preliminary ratings with 977,000 metro viewers at 7:30pm.

More Australians were watching Doc Martin and The Doctor Blake Mysteries than Nine’s Family Food Fight, Seven’s The Wall and Ten’s Bull

Seven’s game show The Wall ran at 7pm and pulled a metro audience of 755,000, while Nine’s Family Food Fight managed more than 500,000 metro viewers – at 525,000.

Last week, the shows premiered with 974,000 and 614,000 respectively.

Meanwhile, Ten’s Bull finished in the same time slot as Doc Martin with 286,000 metro viewers.

Looking to the key advertising demographics, the 16-39s, 18-49s and 25-54s, Seven’s The Wall took the win, with its largest audience coming from the 25-54s – 302,000 viewers.

The rest of the key advertising demographics was dominated by news and current affairs programs across the Seven and Nine network, with the exception of Seven’s Stars Wars: Return of the Jedi which appeared in the 16-39s.

Sunday’s later time slot was won by ABC’s The Doctor Blake Mysteries, which achieved a metro audience of 855,000 at 8:30pm.

The show beat Nine’s 60 Minutes which averaged 588,000 across the five metro cities.

At 8pm, Seven’s Sunday Night managed 656,000.

Seven News outranked Nine News last night, with 916,000 viewers over 830,000.

And in the overall audience shares, Seven’s won the night at 20.7%. In second place was the ABC at 18%, followed by Nine’s 17.6%, Ten’s 7.8% and SBS’ 4.9%.


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