Formula One wins 1.3m for Ten as The Block tops the night thanks to Seven’s AFL coverage

Formula 1The Block trumped My Kitchen Rules for the second time in the series in the hotly contested Sunday night slot last night with 1.571m metro viewers making it the top program of the night, preliminary overnight metro ratings from OzTam show.

However, Seven’s reality cooking show, which got 1.347m viewers, was not broadcast in Adelaide last night due to the network screening the AFL clash between Carlton and Port Adelaide, while the network’s Downton Abbey also fell to 957,000 because it was not shown in the city.

Channel Ten’s coverage of the Formula One Melbourne Grand Prix brought 1.347m metro viewers to the network for the race from 5pm to 7pm, as well as 794,000 for pre-race coverage and 583,000 for full coverage of the event between 12pm and 4pm.

Then 521,000 viewers tuned in for the movie Thor, which has replaced So You Think You Can Dance in the 7.30pm timeslot, and had more than 200,000 more than the struggling dance show achieved last Sunday. Ten announced last week it would move So You Think You Can Dance to Thursday nights following its poor performance on Sundays, which saw Ten achieve its lowest audience share on record of 6.4 per cent.

Last night Channel Ten achieved a 12.3 per cent audience share, the third strongest after Seven and Nine. Nine won the night with a 26.1 per cent audience share, just edging over Seven with its 25.3 per cent.

Nine’s 60 Minutes was the strongest program in its timeslot with 1.477m watching the harrowing interview with another victim of paedophile Brett Peter Cowan who was jailed for the murder of Daniel Morcombe last week.

Seven’s Sunday Night’s treatment of the story included interviews with two women who shared their lives with Cowan before they discovered the truth about him drew an audience of 1.05m.

Fat Tony and Co continued to win for Nine as the show averaged 1.118m from 9pm while Seven’s Downton Abbey had 957,000 in all cities bar Adelaide.

Nine also had the top programs in the 25-54 demographic with The Block and 60 Minutes, followed by the Formula One race which was third in the target demographic for Ten.

The ABC1 drama Rake had 690,o00 from 8.30pm to 9.30pm, lifting by more than 100,000 metro viewers since last week, and ranking 12th in all programs. ABC1 was fourth for the night with 10.1 per cent of the audience share.

Sunday’s top 15 shows:

  1. The Block: Fans vs Faves Nine 1.571m
  2. 60 Minutes Nine 1.477m
  3. Australian FIA Formula One World Championship 2014 – Race Ten 1.347m
  4. My Kitchen Rules Seven 1.316m
  5. Seven News Seven 1.182m
  6. Nine News Nine 1.176m
  7. Fat Tony and Co Nine 1.118m
  8. Sunday Night Seven 1.055m
  9. Downton Abbey Seven 957,000
  10. ABC News ABC1 941,000
  11. Australian FIA Formula One World Championship 2014 – Pre-race Ten 794,000
  12. Rake ABC1 690,000
  13. Person of Interest Nine 597,000
  14. Australian FIA Formula One World Championship 2014 – Raceday Ten 583,000
  15. Richard Hammond Builds a Planet ABC1 566,000

Sunday’s share:

  • Nine 26.1%
  • Seven 25.3%
  • Ten 12.3%
  • ABC1 10.1%
  • 7TWO 4.4%
  • SBS ONE 3.7%
  • 7mate 3.4%
  • GO! 3.1%
  • ONE 2.4%
  • Gem 2.3%
  • ELEVEN 2.2%
  • ABC2 2.1%
  • ABC News 24 1.2%
  • ABC3 0.7%
  • SBS 2 0.7%
  • NITV 0.3%

Data © OzTAM Pty Limited 2013. The Data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) in whole or in part, without the prior written consent of OzTAM.

Megan Reynolds


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