Source: David Dale, Sun Herald blogs
Channel Nine started the week with a massive advantage from the Logies and the Underbelly finale and managed to fritter most of it away by Saturday. In the end, Nine averaged 27.9 per cent of the prime time audience, while Seven got 27.7, Ten 22.5, ABC 16.7, SBS 5.13. Ten is currently gleeful that Masterchef is performing far better than The Biggest Loser and Big Brother. Seven is gleeful that Underbelly is over.
This was Pay TV’s account fo itself: “For the sixth week in a row, and for the 14th week in 2009, Subscription TV was the number one source of television across all homes. STV channels accounted for 22.0% of all metropolitan viewing between 6am and midnight, was 20.8% of all regional viewing and 57.4% of all viewing in subscription TV homes in week 18, 2009.
“In sport, Live: NRL Cowboys v Dragons on FOX Sports was seen by 307,000 people, Live: AFL Western Bulldogs v St Kilda was watched by 275,000 (a record for the code this year) and the FOX Sports’ live coverage of the fifth One Day International against Pakistan, Live: Cricket: ODI Pak v Aus 5th ODI S1, was watched by 103,000 viewers. Live: Rugby League: Toyota Cup received its highest audience for the year with 99,000 viewers (all on FOX Sports).
“Australia’s Next Top Model continued its great run with 202,000 viewers for Tuesday night’s broadcast on FOX8 and 280,000 on the night when the Plus 2 hours audiences are included. NCIS on TV1 had 116,000 viewers, Law & Order on W was watched by 113,000 people and Wednesday night’s episode of Selling Houses Australia on Lifestyle was viewed by 112,000 subscribers. The Bucket List, with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman premiered on Movie One with 107,000 people, Sonny with a Chance on Disney Channel had its biggest audience of the year with 99,000 people and Ben 10: Alien Force on Cartoon Network had its best result for 2009 with 74,000 viewers.”
What Australia watched, week ending May 9
1 UNDERBELLY: A TALE OF TWO CITIES Nine 2,090,000
2 TV WEEK LOGIE AWARDS ARRIVALS Nine 1,698,000
3 51ST ANNUAL TV WEEK LOGIE AWARDS Nine 1,652,000
4 TALKIN’ ‘BOUT YOUR GENERATION Ten 1,642,000
5 A LION CALLED CHRISTIAN Seven 1,587,000
6 SEVEN NEWS – SUN Seven 1,580,000
7 THANK GOD YOU’RE HERE Seven 1,573,000
8 SEVEN NEWS Seven 1,543,000
9 NINE NEWS SUNDAY Nine 1,542,000
10 NCIS Ten 1,516,000
11 SEVEN NEWS – SAT Seven 1,436,000
12 TODAY TONIGHT Seven 1,436,000
13 MERLIN Ten 1,406,000
14 60 MINUTES Nine 1,394,000
15 BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS Seven 1,336,000