Source: David Dale, Sun Herald blogs
It’s just as well The Chaser team decided to do their satire on sentimental fundraising on a night when their show was up against one of the biggest biffo events of the year. The State of Origin distracted 400,000 of the Chaser’s most conservative fans and therefore saved them from being shocked and offended. When some of them tuned in to ABC2 for the repeat later in the week, to see what the fuss was about, they found the controversial item had been deleted.
The biffo gave Nine a narrow victory for the week, with 27.1 per cent of the prime time audience (Seven on 26.4, Ten on 24.5, ABC on 17.1, SBS on 4.8).
This was Pay TV’s account of itself: “FOX Sports’ coverage of Live: AFL Collingwood v Port Adelaide topped the week on subscription TV with 252,000 people watching last Sunday afternoon’s Australian Rules match. In other sport, 237,000 viewers watched Live: NRL Rabbitohs v Raiders; 130,000 people watched the Rugby Union match between the Wallabies and the Barbarians in Live: Rugby Union: Test Match; 110,000 subscribers saw Live: Cricket: ICC World Twenty20 on Saturday night and Live: Tennis: French Open Day 11 drew 100,000 viewers (all on FOX Sports).
“This week, 211,000 people saw Laura Mitchell eliminated from Australia’s Next Top Model on FOX8, leaving just six contestants in the current series of the show. 113,000 people watched Sunday night’s episode of NCIS on TV1; 88,000 saw Law & Order on W; 88,000 also watched Eastenders on UKTV and 80,000 viewed Wizards of Waverly Place on Disney Channel. That ’70s Show on 111HITS had a year-to-date best audience with 76,000 viewers; Grand Designs on Lifestyle drew 74,000 people and Stargate SG-1 on Sci Fi had its biggest audience of 2009 so far with 72,000 subscribers.
“Subscription TV was the number one source of television across all Australian homes in week 23. STV channels accounted for 22.6% of all metropolitan viewing between 6am and midnight, was 21.6% of all regional viewing and 57.4% of all viewing in subscription TV homes.”
What Australia watched, week ending June 8:
1 STATE OF ORIGIN RUGBY LEAGUE NSW V QLD 1ST – MATCH Nine 2,322,000
2 SEVEN NEWS – SUN Seven 1,831,000
3 SEVEN NEWS Seven 1,643,000
4 TALKIN’ ‘BOUT YOUR GENERATION Ten 1,625,000
5 NINE NEWS SUNDAY Nine 1,620,000
6 NCIS Ten 1,590,000
7 STATE OF ORIGIN RUGBY LEAGUE NSW V QLD 1ST – PRE MATCH Nine 1,590,000
8 MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA – CHALLENGE Ten 1,568,000
9 THE ZOO Seven 1,472,000
10 SUNDAY NIGHT Seven 1,469,000
11 TODAY TONIGHT Seven 1,417,000
12 60 MINUTES Nine 1,417,000
13 FIND MY FAMILY Seven 1,391,000
14 BONES Seven 1,372,000
15 SEVEN NEWS – SAT Seven 1,371,000