More than 700,000 viewers tune in for Phillip Hughes funeral



More than 700,000 viewers tuned in across Seven and Nine for coverage of the funeral of cricketer Phillip Hughes.

From 1.30pm 466,000 viewers tuned in on Nine, with an extra 248,000 viewers watching Seven’s news special. The funeral was also broadcast on pay TV channel Sky News.

In other TV, The Chaser’s Media Circus saw its audience tumble on last week, posting a metro audience of 591,000 for the final episode of the series, down from last week’s 717,000 viewers.

The show debuted to a metro audience of 817,000 in October.

It was out-rated by Seven’s Criminal Minds which pulled an audience of 671,000 at 8.30pm, however it beat Nine’s movie Killers which was watched by 400,000 and Ten’s The Good Wife which grabbed an audience of 346,000 according to OzTam overnight metro ratings.

The show also helped the ABC just beat Ten in terms of audience share with a share of 12.7 per cent while Ten settled for a share of 12 per cent. Seven won the night with a share of 19.6 per cent as Nine grabbed a share of 17.2 per cent.

Seven’s Home and Away was the most watched non-news show with a metro audience of 794,000, and was the most popular show across all the demographics, while Nine’s repeat episode of Customs at 7.30pm was its strongest non-news show with an audience of 697,000.

Family Feud at 6pm was Ten’s most watched non-news show with an audience of 595,000 while the ABC News was the most watched show on the ABC with an audience of 724,000.

Seven’s Westpac-funded show Air Rescue, at 8pm, saw its audience continue to decline, posting a metro audience of 589,000 after the show dropped to 591,000 last week. It was out-rated by a repeat of QI on the ABC which had an audience of 658,000, with QI winning its timeslot also beating Nine’s Renters which was watched by 561,000 and Ten’s repeat of Modern Family which was watched by 514,000.

A repeat of Modern Family at 7.30pm on Ten pulled an audience of 456,000.

On the ABC, 7.30 grabbed an audience of 691,000 and Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery at 9pm was watched by 453,000.

In news Seven and Nine tied in the 6pm timeslot with both programs delivering a metro audience of 977,000. Nine won in the timeslot with an audience of 950,000 while Seven News/Today Tonight was watched by 882,000.

As it edges closer to Christmas and networks move deeper into the non-ratings period, the secondary channels have scooped out bigger chunks of audiences  with 7Two leading the charge with an audience share of 6.8 per cent. A Touch of Frost at 8.30pm was its most watched show with an audience of 323,000.

Nine’s Go grabbed a share of 5.6 per cent with an episode of The Big Bang Theory its strongest player delivering the channel an audience of 363,000.

ABC2 grabbed a share of 4.6 per cent with Octonauts delivering an audience of 232,000.

7Mate had a share of 4.4 per cent with American Pickers at 9.30pm its most watched show with an audience of 225,000, whilst Ten’s Eleven posted a share of 4.3 per cent with Neighbours at 6.30pm watched by 278,000.

Ten’s One had a share of 3 per cent and Nine’s Gem a share of 2.5 per cent.

Top 15 Shows

1 NINE NEWS Network 9 977,000
2 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 977,000
3 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 950,000
4 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 882,000
5 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 795,000
6 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 794,000
7 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC 724,000
8 CUSTOMS -RPT Network 9 697,000
9 7.30-EV Network ABC 691,000
10 QI RPT Network ABC 658,000
11 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS Network TEN 636,000
12 CRIMINAL MINDS (R) Network 7 617,000
13 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 595,000
15 AIR RESCUE Network 7 589,000

Audience Share

Network 7 19.6%
Network 9 17.2%
Network ABC 12.7%
Network TEN 12.0%
Network 7TWO 6.8%
Network GO! 5.6%
Network ABC2 4.6%
Network 7mate 4.4%
Network ELEVEN 4.3%
Network SBS ONE 4.0%
Network ONE 3.0%
Network Gem 2.5%
Network ABC News 24 1.5%
Network SBS 2 0.9%
Network ABC3 0.8%
Network NITV 0.2%

Total Audience Share

Network 7 TTL 30.7%
Network 9 TTL 25.3%
Network ABC TTL 19.7%
Network TEN TTL 19.2%
Network SBS TTL 5.0% 4.7%

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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