House of Hancock controversy doesn't secure TV boost

James McGrath
By James McGrath | 16 February 2015

The ABC was able to steal a march on Saturday as commercial networks put up the white flag against the cricket, while House of Hancock didn't get the boost from controversy Nine may have been hoping for.

According to the latest overnight OzTAM numbers, the opening Australian game of the Cricket World Cup brought in 1.07 million metro viewers for the second session while 968,000 watched as Australian built a massive platform against England.

However, it was outrated by Nine News and while Nine was able to blitz the competition with a 36.8 point share for the evening, the ABC lured those not particularly interested in cricket.

Nine and Ten were both outrated by the non-commercial channel, which boasted a 22.5% share on the back of new episodes of New Tricks and Foyle's War.

Ten was only able to put up a 13.1% share for the night while Seven came in behind the ABC with 22.4 points.

But the main action for the weekend was on Sunday, with all networks resuming their reality shoot-out and Nine drama House of Hancock increasing its audience as it hit the headlines.

Seven's My Kitchen Rules ruled the roost again with 1.5 million viewers tuning in but House of Hancock attracted 1.38 million viewers, which is broadly consistent with last week's premiere.

There had been speculation that legal wrangling around the show could bring in more viewers, but the show had almost exactly the same amount of viewers than it did last week.

Meanwhile Seven's documentary series, Australia: The Story of Us premiered with 876,000.

Nine's The Block posted 982,000 while Ten's I'm a Celebrity eviction show put up 736,000 giving a lead-in to The Shark Tank, which managed to keep 688,000 of the audience on board.

The Seven network won Sunday night with a 32.1 point share against Nine's 31.5%, but on a main channel basis Nine took the chocolates with a 25.5% share against Channel Seven's 23.8%.

The ABC wasn't able to repeat its massive Saturday, grabbing a 15.7% share, but it edged out Ten which posted 15.5 points.

Check out the numbers for yourself below:

Saturday

Sunday

Data © OzTAM Pty Limited 2015. The Data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) in whole or in part, without the prior written consent of OzTAM. Program performance and ranking information subject to change when not based on final program logs.

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