News dominates on Sunday night as viewers flock to Seven News, Nine News and 60 Minutes

News programming was the clear choice for viewers on Sunday night as the Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the state government leaders issued the restrictions for the week in a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus.

Seven News was the most-watched of the night and saw 1.384m metro viewers tune in (2.045m nationally). 1.267m metro viewers tuned in for Nine News and 1.710m nationally.

Nine News is hitting new highs during the coronavirus outbreak

Nine News had its biggest audience since December 2017, while 60 Minutes won its timeslot with 1.136m metro viewers and 1.548m nationally – its biggest audience since 2015.

A Seven News special on coronavirus also pushed past 1m metro viewers (1.023m metro) and ABC News drew 974,000. Nine’s coronavirus news special brought in 913,000 metro viewers.

The only entertainment programming to push into the top five programs of the night was Nine’s Married At First Sight which brought in 1.154m metro viewers and 1.564m nationally. It also managed to top all three of the key advertising demographics – 16-39s, 18-49s and 25-54s – followed by 60 Minutes.

The last AFL match to be played before the season was suspended brought 523,000 metro viewers to Seven and 700,000 nationally. The broadcaster showed Hawthorn vs Brisbane on its primary channel in Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane and on 7Mate in Sydney, and showed West Coast vs Melbourne on its primary channel in Perth.

On Ten, Dancing With The Stars delivered 482,000 metro viewers and 687,000 nationally and The Sunday Project brought in 368,000 metro viewers at 6:30p, which jumped to 457,000 at 7pm.

Overall, the win for the night went to Nine with a 27.5% channel share and 34.3% share as a network. Seven held 20.4% and 26.3% as a network, ABC 11.5% and 19.2%, and Ten 10.4% and 14.3%. The most-watched multi-channel was 7Mate with 3.4% audience share.


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