Rafters death delivers big ratings for Seven and crushes Warney on Top Gear

The much publicised death in Packed To The Rafters took the show back above 2m on Tuesday in a set of TV ratings dominated by Seven.

An average of 2.335m watched the show, according to preliminary overnight metro ratings from OzTam. In a well-kept secret, Mel Rafter, played by Zoe Ventoura, was killed off in a car accident.

Thanks to the Melbourne Cup, Seven had seven of the top ten shows during Tuesday.

Top rating was the race itself, with OzTam recording 2.595m viewers, although that does not include out of home viewing in work places or pubs which would have delivered a much higher number.

The presentation of the trophy had 2.587m viewers, the second biggest show the the day. Rafters was third.

Iron Chef Australia remained above the million mark with 1.092m

On other channels, Ten’s Talkin Bout Your Generation had a strong night, delivering 1.258m, seventh for the day.

Despite (or based on viewer comments on Nine’s Top Gear site, because of) the presence of Shane Warne, viewers turned their backs on Nine’s Top Gear Australia which rated 969,000, 16th for the night. Top Gear was third in its timeslot.

  1. Melbourne Cup – The Race Seven 2.595m
  2. Melbourne Cup – Race Presentations Seven 2.587m
  3. Packed to the Rafters Seven 2.335m
  4. Melbourne Cup – The Mounting Yard Seven 2.052m
  5. Seven News Seven 1.593m
  6. Today Tonight Seven 1.408m
  7. Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation Ten 1.258m
  8. Nine News Nine 1.245m
  9. Melbourne Cup – Late Afternoon Seven 1.220m
  10. A Current Affair Nine 1.155m
  11. NCIS Ten 1.097m
  12. Iron Chef Seven 1.092m
  13. Home and Away Seven 1.083m
  14. ABC News ABC 1.023m
  15. Two and a Half Men Nine 0.974m

Channel share:

  • Seven: 29.6%
  • Ten: 19.9%
  • Nine: 18.6%
  • ABC1: 12.3%
  • SBS1: 4.1%
  • GO!: 3.9%
  • 7TWO: 3.5%
  • 7mate: 2.6%
  • Gem: 1.8%
  • ABC2: 1.3%
  • SBS2: 1.1%
  • ABC3: 0.5%
  • One: 0.5%
  • ABC News 24: 0.4%

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