House of Hancock stays flat despite publicity caused by Gina Rinehart court action

The second episode of biopic miniseries House of Hancock last night dipped slightly on the previous week despite receiving publicity over the weekend after Gina Rinehart won the right to ask Channel Nine to edit some of the episode prior to broadcast.

On Friday afternoon Rinehart took Nine to court to gain access to the episode, reaching a confidential agreement with the Nine Network on Saturday which saw edits made to the second episode before it aired last night. The court heard that as part of the deal Nine agreed to broadcast a line at the start of the show about it being a “fictionalised” drama.

Last night the final episode grabbed a metro audience of 1.380m viewers in the 8.45pm timeslot, after last week’s epsiode, which stars Mandy McElhinney as Gina Rinehart, pulled a slightly bigger audience of 1.383m. Last night’s episode was the second-most watched show across all the demographics.

The episode followed on from 60 Minutes which delivered the channel a metro audience of 1.021m in the 7.45pm timeslot, while The Block: Triple Threat at 6.30pm was watched by 982,000 viewers. However it beat Seven’s heavily promoted new series Australia: The Story of Us, which looks at the people, places and events that have shaped Australia, was watched by 876,000 viewers at 8.30pm.

Seven’s My Kitchen Rules won the night with an audience of 1.514m at 7pm. The win follows on from the network winning the first official ratings week. But it was not enough for Seven to claim victory on Sunday with Nine grabbing a winning audience share of 25.5 per cent ahead of Seven’s share of 23.8 per cent.

Ten managed an audience share of 12.6 per cent while the ABC settled for a share of 11.9 per cent.

On Ten, I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here attracted an audience of 736,000 metro viewers to see Bachelor Tim Robards and Laura Dundovic eliminated. The rest of the episode had a metro audience of 627,000 metro viewers, according to preliminary overnight figures from OzTam. The show was simulcast across both Eleven and One last night.

The eviction was down on last week’s preliminary audience of 744,000 metro viewers while the rest of the show was up on last week’s audience of 616,000.

The second outing of Shark Tank at 8pm boosted its audience to 688,000 metro viewers from 616,000 viewers last week.

On the ABC, David Attenborough’s Conquest of the Skies pulled 662,000 metro viewers at 7.40pm, while the return of British drama Broadchurch in the 8.30pm timeslot was watched by 726,000. Fortitude at 9.20pm had an audience of 507,000.

In news, Seven News grabbed an audience of 1.277m while Nine News was watched by 1.138m. Seven’s Air Investigations episode, which explored what could have happened to the doomed MH370, grabbed an audience of 471,000 at 9.30pm.


Looking at total network share for Sunday Seven pipped Nine with a total share of 32.1 per cent while Nine had a total share of 31.5 per cent. The ABC also beat Ten in total share, grabbing a total share of 15.7 per cent as Ten settled for a total share of 15.5 per cent.

In sport over the weekend, the Cricket World Cup kicked off with England taking on Australia on Saturday. Session one on Nine was watched by 968,000 metro viewers while 1.069m tuned in to watch Australia win the match in session two.

New Zealand taking on Sri Lanka in the opening match in Christchurch saw  104,000 viewers for the first session and 56,000 tune in for the two sessions on Fox Sports.

On Sunday, India taking on Pakistan saw a bumper audience as the two rivals did battle with 213,000 viewers and 190,000 viewers watch the two sessions on Fox Sports.

The weekend also saw the Super Rugby kick off, with defending champions the NSW Waratahs taking on the Western Force on Sunday watched by 100,000 viewers on Fox Sports.

In football, Sydney taking on Melbourne in the A-League was watched by 60,000 viewers on Fox Sports.

Top 15 Shows: 

1 MY KITCHEN RULES-SUN Network 7 1,514,000
2 HOUSE OF HANCOCK Network 9 1,380,000
3 SEVEN NEWS-SUN Network 7 1,277,000
4 NINE NEWS SUNDAY Network 9 1,138,000
5 60 MINUTES Network 9 1,021,000
6 THE BLOCK TRIPLE THREAT -SUN Network 9 982,000
7 ABC NEWS SUNDAY-EV Network ABC 888,000
8 AUSTRALIA: THE STORY OF US Network 7 876,000
10 BROADCHURCH-EV Network ABC 726,000
11 SHARK TANK Network TEN 688,000
14 FORTITUDE-EV Network ABC 507,000

Audience Share:

Network 9 25.5%
Network 7 23.8%
Network TEN 12.6%
Network ABC 11.9%
Network 7mate 4.7%
Network SBS ONE 4.4%
Network 7TWO 3.5%
Network GO! 3.4%
Network Gem 2.6%
Network ABC2 2.2%
Network ONE 1.5%
Network ELEVEN 1.4%
Network ABC News 24 1.0%
Network SBS 2 0.7%
Network ABC3 0.6%
Network NITV 0.2%

Total Audience Share: 

Network 7 TTL 32.1%
Network 9 TTL 31.5%
Network ABC TTL 15.7%
Network TEN TTL 15.5%
Network SBS TTL 5.3% 4.8%

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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