Schapelle Corby report halves Sunday Night audience, Ten’s dance show rises slightly

Seven’s controversial screening of Schapelle Corby’s first moments of freedom on Sunday Night saw ratings for the show nearly halve from last week as it was outrated by a cold case murder investigation and Bollywood special on Channel Nine’s 6o Minutes, preliminary overnight metro ratings from OzTam show.

The Corby interview in which the convicted drug smuggler spoke few words to reporter Mike Willesee was on in just the first section of Sunday Night delivered 1.086m for Seven. The screening of the footage comes after controversy as to whether the network paid up to $2m  for an exclusive interview with Schapelle following her release from prison last month which resulted in a police raid on the network’s Sydney offices.

Last week the show pulled in 1.9m viewers for an exclusive interview with the remaining members of INXS.

Meanwhile 60 Minutes averaged 1.208m for an investigation into the murder of two nurses who disappeared on their gap year in Queensland 40 years ago, and a feature on the Bollywood film industry.

The ratings come after Nine’s telemovie Schapelle had half the audience of Seven’s INXS drama on February 10.

Ten’s So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD) brought 408,000 metro viewers to Channel Ten, maintaining a 7.6 per cent audience share for Channel Ten, lifting only slightly on its record low of 6.4 per cent last week when SYTYCD averaged 378,000.

The first elimination of a contestant from the show, on from 7.40pm to 9.30pm, had 329,000 viewers.

Following 60 Minutes Nine’s Underbelly spinoff, Fat Tony and Co, also had more viewers than Sunday Night with 1.132m.

ABC1’s show Rake was third in the 8.40pm timeslot with an estimated 638,000 metro viewers, according to OzTam. 

Seven’s Downton Abbey had 991,000 viewers from 9pm.

My Kitchen Rules won Seven the top program of the night with 1.624m viewers, followed closely by Nine’s home renovation reality show The Block which had its best rating of the series so far at 1.504m. The Block was also the top program in people 25-54, Nine’s target demographic.

Ten’s strongest audience was for Ten Eyewitness News Sunday with an audience of 438,000 from 5pm.

Channel Seven’s coverage of the V8 Supercars Clipsal 500 brought in 647,000, 391,000 and 343,000 viewers between 1pm and 6pm. Seven then won the evening news battle with 1.248m as Nine News Sunday averaged 1.124m.

SBS 2’s broadcast of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras recorded the channel’s highest audience of the year to date with a metro audience of 137,000, which when combined with its regional audience totalled 205,000.

Sunday’s top 15 shows:

  1. My Kitchen Rules Seven 1.624m
  2. The Block: Fans v Faves Nine 1.5m
  3. Seven News Seven 1.248m
  4. 60 Minutes Nine 1.208m
  5. Fat Tony and Co Nine 1.132m
  6. Nine News Sunday Nine 1.124m
  7. Sunday Night Seven 1.086m
  8. Downton Abbey Seven 991,000
  9. ABC News ABC1 779,000
  10. David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive ABC1 764,000
  11. Seven’s V8 Supercars Round 1: Clipsal 500 – Race 3 – D3 Seven 647,000
  12. ABC News Update ABC1 646,000
  13. Rake ABC1 638,000
  14. Person of Interest Nine 502,000
  15. Ten Eyewitness News Ten 438,000

Sunday’s share:

  • Seven 26.5%
  • Nine 25.0%
  • ABC1 11.7%
  • TEN 7.6%
  • SBS ONE 4.3%
  • 7mate 4.0%
  • 7TWO 3.6%
  • ONE 2.9%
  • ELEVEN 2.9%
  • Gem 2.9%
  • GO! 2.9%
  • ABC2 2.2%
  • SBS 2 1.6%
  • ABC3 0.9%
  • ABC News 24 0.9%
  • NITV 0.2%

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.


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