Week ending September 6
Source: David Dale, Sun Herald Blogs
The new digital station GO may be attracting less than 2 per cent of the viewing audience most days, but it is helping its parent, Channel Nine, to increase its total share for the week. Here’s the prime time audience breakup among the parent networks (with Nine incorporating GO, Ten incorporating ONE, and ABC incorporating ABC2): Seven 27.8 per cent, Nine 27.3, Ten 21.8, ABC 17.8, SBS 5.2.
It’s interesting that the advent of GO, ONE and ABC2 does not seem to be cutting into the audiences for Pay TV. In Pay TV’s account of itself for the week, compare the audience sizes with GO’s numbers in the charts below: “Various television fathers, including Homer Simpson of The Simpsons and Peter Griffin of Family Guy helped subscription TV become the number one television choice in the week leading up to Father’s Day. In week 36, subscription TV channels represented 21.9% of all metropolitan viewing between 6am and midnight, 21.8% of all regional viewing and 56.4% of all viewing in subscription TV homes.
“NCIS on TV1, with Leroy Gibbs as the team’s father figure, was watched by 130,000 people, The Simpsons on FOX8 was seen by 125,000 people and Family Guy (FOX8) was seen by 121,000 viewers. In other entertainment programming, series seven of Property Ladder on Lifestyle drew a year-to-date highest audience for the program with 105,000 viewers; Project Runway Australia on Arena was seen by 102,000 people and Deadliest Catch on Discovery Channel by 82,000 subscribers.
“AFL topped the week with 263,000 people watching Live: AFL Collingwood v Western Bulldogs, Live: NRL Raiders v Knights was viewed by 253,000 people and Live: AFL: On the Couch had its best ever result with 170,000 viewers (all on FOX Sports). The FOX Sports coverage of the thrilling Tri-Nation match between the Wallabies and Springboks, Live: Rugby Union: Tri Nations, was seen by 146,000 and Sky Raceday on Sky Racing was seen by 63,000 people.”
What Australia Watched:
1 PACKED TO THE RAFTERS Seven 1,943,000
2 SEVEN NEWS – SUN Seven 1,686,000
3 TALKIN’ ‘BOUT YOUR GENERATION Ten 1,563,000
4 SEVEN NEWS Seven 1,493,000
5 MIDSOMER MURDERS-SUN ABC1 1,491,000
6 DANCING WITH THE STARS 9 Seven 1,401,000
7 TODAY TONIGHT Seven 1,397,000
8 NINE NEWS SUNDAY Nine 1,393,000
9 CITY HOMICIDE-MON Seven 1,389,000
10 TWO AND A HALF MEN -WED Nine 1,360,000
11 SURF PATROL Seven 1,354,000
12 20 TO 1 Nine 1,337,000
13 MONEY FOR JAM Nine 1,332,000
14 AIR WAYS Seven 1,310,000
15 WORLD’S STRICTEST PARENTS-UK Seven 1,307,000