Despite Barnaby disappointment, Seven narrowly wins Sunday night ratings

The build up to Seven’s Sunday Night episode coupled with the $150,000 interview with former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce and partner Vikki Campion, was enough for Seven to win Sunday evening, with a 19.9% main channel share over Nine’s 19.7%.

Seven’s House Rules, which commenced at 7pm and ran in the lead up to the Sunday Night special, achieved 882,000 metro viewers. The result was the highest for House Rules this season and beat Nine’s The Voice and Ten’s Masterchef Australia.

Sunday Night’s audience couldn’t beat the ABC’s 786,000 but the build up was enough to pull Seven over the line

Nine’s The Voice, which ran live from 7pm, achieved 816,000 metro viewers according to OzTAM’s overnight preliminary ratings, while Ten’s Masterchef Australia, managed 781,000 metro viewers, but won the key advertising demographics (16-39s, 18-49s and 25-54s).

However despite the build up, Seven’s Sunday Night interview with Joyce and Campion, managed just 631,000 metro viewers, defeated by ABC’s Mystery Road, which ran in the same time slot with 786,000.

Running against the program on Nine was The Voice and Ten’s NCIS repeat, which had a metro audience of 309,000.

Over on the multi-channels, 7Mate’s Avengers: Age of Ultron pulled the biggest audience, with 216,011.

The result was well ahead of 9Go and 9Now commission, Love Island Australia, which had a metro audience of 120,932.

However the previous episodes continue to climb. Last Sunday’s episode is now at 138,000 viewers, episode two has a video player measurement (VPM) audience of 128,000 while episode three now has an average VPM of 119,000. Episodes four and five have audiences of 112,000 and 111,000.

The most watched program on Sunday evening was the 6pm news bulletin on Seven, with a total of 1.177m metro viewers overall. Melbourne attracted the biggest number of viewers – 403,000.

Nine News Sunday, which managed 1.065m metro viewers overall, obtained its biggest audience from Sydney, with 362,000 viewers.

Overall, Seven’s Sunday lineup proved a success. The channel was slightly ahead of Nine, but easily beat ABC’s 17.2%, Ten’s 12.6% and SBS’ 4.5%.


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