Less than 200,000 see Webber’s historic moment live while Rove commits ratingcide

An average of just 187,000 TV viewers in Australia watched live last night as Mark Webber clinched his maiden Formula One victory and Australia’s first in 28 years.  

The low OzTam figures came because Ten – which holds the rights – was showing the US edition of The Biggest Loser, so live coverage was relegated to its digital sports channel One.

Instead, it was the early hours before Ten showed the Aussie winning the German grand prix on delay, including his classic yell of “You fucking beauty!” from the cockpit after winning.

Ironically, The Biggest Loser rated just 436,000, so Ten might well have pulled in a bigger audience with the race.

Meanwhile, earlier in the evening, Ten travelled well with Masterchef pulling in an average of 2m viewers, which sets it up nicely for its final week. Along with Merlin’s 1.3m audience, it was enough to take the network to a victory for Sunday with a share of 25%, just ahead of Seven’s 23.7% and Nine’s 23.1%. The ABC was on 15.7% and SBS on 12.4%.

However, despite inheriting Masterchef’s audience, Rove’s indulgent farewell to Carrie Bickmore and Dave Hughes – who launch The 7pm Project next week – was ratings Kryptonite, with a fall from 2m to just over 1m.

Over on Seven the second outing of Dancing With The Stars slipped somewhat, down from around 1.6m to just under 1.4m.

  1. Masterchef – Ten 2m
  2. Seven News – Seven 1.7m
  3. Nine News – Nine 1.6m
  4. Dancing with the Stars – Seven 1.4m
  5. Merlin – Ten 1.3m
  6. Random Acts of Kindness – Nine 1.2m
  7. Bones – Seven 1.1m
  8. Rove – Ten 1m
  9. 60 Minutes – Nine 1m
  10. The Pursuit of Happyness – Nine 1m

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