Sunrise clings on to beat Today by average of just 4000 metro viewers across the ratings year

A month after Seven went to court to stop Nine claiming Today was Australia’s number one breakfast TV show, Sunrise has finished the ratings year with the top average audience, by the narrowest margin on record.

Across the 40-week ratings period, which excludes summer and easter, Seven’s Sunrise averaged 319,000 metro viewers to Today’s 315,000.

If the weeks of the Olympics was also excluded – and Seven argue they should not, given that they offer some of the most expensive programming of the year – Today beat Sunrise by 316,000 to 312,000.


Sunrise: Number one on average audience across ratings year

Sunrise first overtook Today in 2004.

Last month, Today won its 21st week of the ratings year, leading Nine to claim victory for the year. However, Seven went to court, arguing that weekly wins is not the standard TV industry metric. It also argued that when regional audience is added to the numbers, Sunrise’s win was even more comfortable.


Today: Runner-up on average audience

Sunrise’s combined average metro and regional audience during the ratings period was 546,000 compared to Today’s 474,000.

The ratings period for 2016 ended on Saturday, with hostilities beginning again in 11 weeks’ time, on February 12.


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