Seven wins Sunday night thanks to news programs and House Rules

Seven had a 23.4% audience share on Sunday – ahead of Nine’s 22.2%, Ten’s 11.4%, ABC’s 9.8% and SBS’ 5.0% – largely due to the success of its news and current affairs offering and reality franchise House Rules.

The most-watched program of the evening was Seven News with 1.175m metro viewers, according to OzTam’s overnight preliminary metro ratings, followed by House Rules with 1.089m and Nine News with 1.055m. 

The top five programs of the night were rounded out by Nine’s The Voice with 851,000 metro viewers and ABC News with 715,000.

Seven’s current affairs program Sunday Night, which featured London terror attack survivor Candice Hedge had 711,000 metro viewers, ahead of Nine’s 60 Minutes which pulled 700,000.

Placing eighth on the ladder for the evening was Ten’s Masterchef – the network’s only program in the top 10 – which had 605,000 metro viewers.

The Suspects: True Australian Thrillers on Seven was ninth with 457,000 metro viewers, and the ABC’s Doctor Who came in 10th thanks to an audience of 384,000 metro viewers.

Once regional figures were factored in – including broadcasts on affiliate stations – the top 10 programs for the evening shuffled slightly.

Seven News retained the top spot with 1.807m viewers and House Rules stayed in second with 1.765m.

The Voice, however, jumped to third place with 1.242m and Sunday Night climbed to fourth with a national audience of 1.140m.

Nine News therefore slipped to fifth place with 1.060m, ahead of sixth-placed ABC News’ 1.034m.

60 Minutes’ national audience of 978,000 kept it in seventh place. Masterchef also remained in eigth place, thanks to 798,000 national viewers tuning in.

The Suspects pulled 745,000 viewers and hung onto ninth place, but the ABC’s Royal Night Out edged into 10th place with 585,000 – creeping slightly ahead of Doctor Who, which fell to 11th with 571,000 across the country,


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