Cricket helps Nine win the night as 919,000 tune in for finale of Countdown anniversary special

countdownThe finale of the ABC’s celebration of the 40th anniversary of Countdown was watched by 919,000 viewers, slightly down on last week’s audience of 965,000.

It wasn’t enough for the ABC to break the stranglehold of the cricket, with 1.171m viewers tuning in for the evening session of Australia’s one day match against South Africa, after the visitors came close to scuring an unlikely victory at the death before Austrlia prevailed.

The evening session was the highest rating session of the one day series between the sides, and the most watched show amongst the 16 – 39 and 18 – 49 demographics, as well as the most watched non-news program of the evening handing Nine an audience share of 26.5 per cent.

Seven could only manage a share of 17.7 per cent while the ABC settled for an audience share of 12.9 per cent. Ten managed a share of 11.8 per cent.

Seven’s most watched non-news show was Surveillance Oz, which grabbed an audience of 870,000 in the 7.30pm timslot, beaten by the ABC’s Countdown special. Both shows out-rated Ten’s Modern Family which was watched by 597,000.

In the 8.30pm timeslot, the ABC’s Cilla, a biopic about the life of English entertainer Cilla Black, pulled an audience of 728,000 while Ten’s movie offering The Life of Pie grabbed an audience of 450,000.

Seven’s The Big Adventure, also in the 8.30pm timeslot, saw its audience drop to a new low of 447,000 from last week’s audience of 478,000.

Nine showed Gotham in Brisbane and Perth after the cricket, pulling an audience of 283,000, although that may be revised down due to a late finish to the cricket. Seven showed Resurrection at 9.45pm and could only pull 250,000 viewers for that.

The late start to the finale of the Formula One season in Abu Dhabi, showing at 11.30pm in Eastern markets, meant a depressed audience of 141,000 on the main channel, with it shown on a multi channel in Perth.

ten’s biggest show of the night was a new episode of Modern Family on at 7.30pm which had 597,000 viewers, whilst Scorpion at 6.30pm had 487,000.

In the news fight, Nine News won the night with an audience of 1.247m while Seven settled for 1.199m viewers.

Top 15 Shows:

1 NINE NEWS SUNDAY Network 9 1,247,000
2 SEVEN NEWS – SUN Network 7 1,199,000
3 ONE DAY CRICKET -AUS V SA GAME 5 SESSION 2 Network 9 1,171,000
4 SUNDAY NIGHT Network 7 1,167,000
6 SURVEILLANCE OZ Network 7 870,000
7 ABC NEWS UPDATE-EV Network ABC 826,000
8 ONE DAY CRICKET -AUS V SA GAME 5 SESSION 1 Network 9 796,000
9 CILLA-EV Network ABC 728,000
10 ABC NEWS-SU Network ABC 709,000
11 MODERN FAMILY Network TEN 597,000
12 MODERN FAMILY RPT Network TEN 548,000
14 SCORPION Network TEN 487,000
15 LIFE OF PI Network TEN 450,000

Audience Share

Network 9 26.5%
Network 7 17.7%
Network ABC 12.9%
Network TEN 11.8%
Network GO! 5.6%
Network 7mate 4.7%
Network 7TWO 4.2%
Network SBS ONE 3.7%
Network ONE 3.5%
Network Gem 2.7%
Network ABC2 2.4%
Network ELEVEN 2.0%
Network ABC News 24 1.0%
Network SBS 2 0.8%
Network ABC3 0.5%
Network NITV 0.1%

Total Audience Share

Network 9 TTL 34.8%
Network 7 TTL 26.6%
Network TEN TTL 17.3%
Network ABC TTL 16.8%
Network SBS TTL 4.6%

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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