Seven just beats Nine in ratings battle

By By Wenlei Ma | 17 September 2012

60 Minutes was the most watched show last night but the race for audience share was narrowly won by Seven over Nine by 0.2 percentage points.

Current affairs program 60 Minutes was watched by 1.65 million metro viewers, according to preliminary overnight figures from OzTam. Fellow Nine properties House Husbands and Big Brother performed well with 1.25 million and 1.02 million viewers respectively.

Seven had a strong Sunday night led by its news and current affairs programming, Sunday Night and Seven News. Additionally, reality shows Border Security and Air Ways and comedy Mrs. Brown's Boys' boosted the network's ratings with 1.24, 1.19 and 1.03 million viewers respectively.

On Ten, US drama NCIS was the highest rated series with 686,000 people tuned in while a repeat of Modern Family pulled in 590,000 viewers.

The network has announced a raft of US programs will be fast tracked before the end of the year including popular series Homeland and New Girl which was part of Ten's Super Sunday line-up at the beginning of the year. The two aforementioned shows will return to American airwaves before the end of the month.

Other programs in the top 20 were Nine News, Kevin's Grand Design (ABC), Call the Midwife (ABC), Dream Build (ABC), ABC News, Agatha Christie's Miss Marple (ABC), Ten News and The Mentalist (Nine).

Across the main channels, Seven marginally won the day with 24.1% of audience share, followed closely by Nine with 23.9%. The ABC continues to take third position with 16.2% to Ten's fourth with 9.8% while SBS had 4.1%.

For the ratings week just past (week 37), Seven won among the main channels with 24.9% of audience share, followed by Nine with 20.4%, the ABC with 13.5%, Ten with 10.3% and SBS with 4.4%.

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