• Seven wins as House Rules lifts Sunday audience close to 1.3m
• Nine close behind, but both The Voice and 60 Minutes rank #2
Seven and Nine dominated the start of week 23 with Seven ahead by the smallest possible margin in the primary channel battle all people.
The Seven Sunday leadership comes after a milestone result where it won an Origin week in all people and did so in all demos.
Key to Seven’s performance last night was House Rules pushing its audience even higher where it had a lead of 250,000 over The Voice.
The only one of the three key Sunday properties not to increase its audience week-on-week was Seven News Sunday. Although the numbers were down from 1.28m to 1.23m, the bulletin still ranked in the top three.
House Rules continues to shine with 1.27m securing the bulletin top spot for the night. The House Rules audience grew week-on-week from 1.18m to 1.27m as the contestants got to eyeball the judges and Fiona and Nicole battled with Troy and Bec for the battle of the bottom.
Sunday Night was a big contributor to the win with its audience climbing just under 200,000 to 829,000 for reporter Steve Pennell‘s story on Ben Cousins.
Nine News Sunday drew the channel’s biggest crowd with 1.27m, and a strong lift from 1.15m a week ago.
The Voice featured the first live final with the audience remaining over 1m, although it was down week-on-week by 50,000 to 1.02m.
60 Minutes was down on last week too, from 839,000 to 758,000, even though it featured a report from Peter Overton about Nine executive Matt Callander and his battle with brain cancer.
Family Feud Sunday was again just under 300,000, sitting on 285,000, which was exactly the same as last week’s audience.
The first episode of Modern Family was down on last week, yet the second at 7pm was up a little to 410,000.
MasterChef Australia was by far the channel’s best by any measure. Karlie was one of several star performers last night in a mystery box challenge and then an invention test. The audience lifted from 737,000 week-on-week to 794,000.
US drama Bull was not able to keep its momentum with a slide from 430,000 to 388,000.
The final episode of this season of Grantchester performed the best as the audience grew from 611,000 to 695,000 week-on-week.
Before we got to farewell James Norton and Robson Green, Doctor Who was again in the low 400,000s.
The final of the current repeat season of DCI Banks then screened later in the night with 407,000.
Italy’s Invisible Cities was the channel’s #1 last week and is on track to again claim that honour after 367,000 – up from 334,000 last week.
Two episodes of The Story Of God followed with the average audience down from 191,000 to 165,000.