News and current affairs dominate as Kerry Packer’s Australian Story more popular than The Big Bang Theory

Viewers chose news and current affairs over entertainment programs last night, as Kerry Packer’s Australian Story attracted more viewers than The Big Bang Theory on Nine.

Nine News won the biggest audience of the night with 1.268m at 6pm, with 1.186m for the second half hour, and Seven was just behind with 1.183m from 6pm and 1.085m from 6.30pm.

Viewers then turned to ABC1 which dominated the 7pm timeslot with 1.064m for ABC News, and continued to hold the biggest audiences for 7.30 and Australian Story.

That show had the second part of Kerry Packer’s life story told by the people who knew him with 1.062m people watching, more than watched The Big Bang Theory which had 1.015m on Nine.

ABC1’s 7.30 was also slightly more popular than Nine’s reliable US sitcom as it had 878,000 while Nine had 876,000 people watching from 7.30pm.

However, The Big Bang Theory gave Nine the top two programs in people 25-54, followed by Nine News.

Seven was third from 6pm to 8.30pm with Home and Away, Dog Patrol and Animal Airport. However Revenge was first at 8.30pm with 754,000 watching Seven.

Four Corners on ABC1 was second at 8.30pm as Nine had 541,000 for 2010 feature film The Tourist.

Nine had the biggest share of the audience with 20.9 per cent, Seven had 18.4 per cent, while ABC1 had a 16.8 per cent share of the audience. Ten’s audience share was 11.3 per cent.

In pay-TV Game of Thrones episode two had 158,000 subscription TV viewers on Foxtel’s Showcase channel and was second in all programs in the overnight STV ratings at 7pm. The express broadcast also had 115,000 for the earlier broadcast two hours after the US showing it, at 3pm.

Cumulative figures show the audience for Game of Thrones episode one was 315,000, up 41 per cent on the 226,000 for the opening episode for season three.

Episode one of season three had 104,000 last year for the first broadcast and 120,000 for the second, and last week it had 131,000 for the first broadcast at 3pm and 184,000 in primetime.

Monday’s top 15 shows:

  1. Nine News Nine 1.268m
  2. Nine News 6:30 Nine 1.186m
  3. Seven News Seven 1.183m
  4. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 1.085m
  5. ABC News ABC1 1.064m
  6. Australian Story ABC1 1.062m
  7. The Big Bang Theory Rpt Ep2 Nine 1.015m
  8. ABC News ABC1 956,000
  9. Home and Away Seven 943,000
  10. A Current Affair Nine 937,000
  11. 7.30 ABC1 878,000
  12. The Big Bang Theory Rpt Nine 876,000
  13. Dog Patrol Seven 761,000
  14. Revenge Seven 754,000

Monday’s share:

  • Nine 20.9%
  • Seven 18.4%
  • ABC1 16.8%
  • TEN 11.3%
  • 7TWO 4.9%
  • GO! 4.5%
  • 7mate 4.3%
  • SBS ONE 3.9%
  • ABC2 3.2%
  • ONE 3.1%
  • ELEVEN 2.7%
  • Gem 2.6%
  • ABC News 24 1.4%
  • ABC3 1.2%
  • SBS 2 0.6%
  • 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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