Return of Doctor Who sees audiences drop on 50th anniversary episode

The return of Doctor Who with Peter Capaldi taking on the lead role saw 148,000 people tune in for the live simulcast with the UK broadcast at 4.50am, and a further 710,000 watching the repeat at 7.40pm on ABC, according to OzTam Overnight Metro ratings.

Those numbers were down on the special 50th anniversary Day of the Doctor episode broadcast last November, which had 424,000 viewers for the simulcast at the later time of 6.50am, and then 922,000 for the repeat that evening.

Sunday night’s TV saw audiences generally down with Nine’s The Block topping the night with a metropolitan audience of 1.64m, on the back of a controversy over contestants Simon and Shannon secretly recording the judges’ comments.

The Block, 60 Minutes and The X Factor were the only non-news programs to draw audiences of over one million on the night, with Nine winning the night both in terms of main channel audience share and total audience across the multi-channels.

The win comes as the network also celebrates picking up the news ratings crown for 2014 with Nine News having won 21 weeks out of the 40 of the ratings calendar.

In last night’s news stakes Nine beat Seven with 1.25m to 1.176m respectively at 6pm. Following on from The Block current affairs program 60 Minutes drew 1.25m for an interview between Jimmy Barnes and Karl Stefanovic.

Seven’s best non-news related performer was The X Factor which had 1.15m for its live performance show, while the ABC drew a steady 758,000 viewers for ANZAC girls at 9.10pm, a six part documentary of the true stories of Australian and New Zealand nurses serving at Gallipoli and the Western Front. ANZAC girls was also last Sunday’s most time shifted program with some 202,000 additional viewers watching the program later.

Network Ten had another poor Sunday with the highest rating audience result recorded last night being for a repeat of Modern Family with 481,000. Animated 2012 film Ice Age Continental Drift drew 460,000 on Ten from 6pm, with the network recording a main channel audience of 10.3 per cent, up from 8.9 per cent last week.

Nine had an audience share on its main channel of 25.7 per cent, Seven recorded 21.4 per cent while the ABC had an audience share of 13.0 per cent.

Top 15 programs
1 THE BLOCK GLASSHOUSE Network 9 1,641,000
2 60 MINUTES Network 9 1,259,000
3 NINE NEWS SUNDAY Network 9 1,255,000
4 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 1,176,000
6 SUNDAY NIGHT Network 7 888,000
7 ABC NEWS Network ABC1 834,000
8 ANZAC GIRLS Network ABC1 758,000
9 DOCTOR WHO Network ABC1 710,000
10 CASTLE Network 7 493,000
11 MODERN FAMILY EP 3 RPT Network TEN 481,000
13 COMPASS Network ABC1 433,000
15 DIE ANOTHER DAY Network 9 418,000

Audience Share
Network 9 25.7%
Network 7 21.4%
Network ABC1 13.0%
Network TEN 10.3%
Network GO! 4.0%
Network 7TWO 3.9%
Network 7mate 3.8%
Network SBS ONE 3.7%
Network ONE 3.7%
Network Gem 3.0%
Network ELEVEN 2.7%
Network ABC2 2.3%
Network ABC News 24 0.9%
Network SBS 2 0.7%
Network ABC3 0.6%
Network NITV 0.1%

Total audience shares
Network 9 TTL 32.7%
Network 7 TTL 29.2%
Network ABC TTL 16.9%
Network TEN TTL 16.7%
Network SBS TTL 4.6%

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