Schapelle Corby’s return to Australia takes Seven News to a Sunday night win

Australia’s ongoing interest in convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby’s return to Australia following her nine years in a Balinese prison and subsequent three years on parole has seen Seven News top the ratings ladder with 1.282m metro viewers.

Nine News, which placed third on the ratings ladder, attracted 1.154m metro viewers, according to OzTAM’s overnight preliminary metro ratings.

Schapelle Corby during her conviction on 27 May, 2005. Source: 7 News

Corby’s public dramas started when she was caught with 4.1kg of marijuana in her boogie board bag at Bali’s Denpasar Airport on 8 October 2004. Last night’s news coverage focused on her departure from Indonesia, her return to Brisbane, and where exactly she was hiding.

In entertainment for the evening, Seven’s House Rules was the most-watched non-news program as 1.186m metro viewers tuned in.

House Rules was also the most-watched program across key advertising demographics 16-39, 18-49 and 25-54.

Nine’s The Voice which attracted 1.072m metro viewers ahead of Ten’s 737,000 for Masterchef.

In Sunday sport Seven’s AFL averaged 484,000 as Carlton and North Melbourne kicked off at Etihad Stadium, while Nine’s NRL managed 362,000 viewers across Sydney and Brisbane with the Canberra Raiders taking on the Sydney Roosters.

In overall audience share, Seven won the night with 22.4%, just ahead of Nine’s 22.3% and Ten’s 12.8% share.

Meanwhile, ABC averaged 10.5% beating SBS’ 5.5%.


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