Ratings: Sunday, 20th October 2013 –

Seven took almost 40% last week with the Bathurst 1000 as the icing on the talent show cake, but both leaders remain frozen on the same figures this Sunday, However SBS seems to have cheekily knocked
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Seven took almost 40% last week with the Bathurst 1000 as the icing on the talent show cake, but both leaders remain frozen on the same figures this Sunday, However SBS seems to have cheekily knocked a couple of percent off the ABC.

The real killer ap which delivered that stunning 39.3% was The X-Factor, down all of 48,000 last week.

At 7.30 the evening battle saw the ABC doing very well with Kakadu on 747,000, with Sydney 15,000 in front of Melbourne but Brisbane and Perth doing more around half that amount each and therefore ahead on per capita viewing.

But Serangoon Road at 8.30 pulled all of 369,000, so more than half the audience switched over. Autopsy on a Dream, the ninety minute Opera House documentary, took 278,000, with most interest in Sydney, up 15,000 on Melbourne.

Last week, Serangoon Road was on 433,000, so the drop on an alreadly crippled show was 55,000. However, the 9.30 offering was Buckskin, the Indigenous documentary about a young man sustaining and teaching Aboriginal language. 140,000.

Seven hammered through Sunday with The X-Factor from 6.00 on 1.763m. and then Sunday Night with 1.446m at 8.00.

Nine tried to match that with Australia’s Got Talent, which only has 850,000 true believers, a solid audience for Big Brother these days, but not so hot for a talent show.

Ten held 466,000 people at 6.30 with David Attenborough: Animal Attraction, which are probably less than an ABC figure if they ran the same show. After 2 eps of Modern Family starting nicely on 761,000 at 7.30, it kept 660,000 for Elementary.

SBS ran World News Australia at 6.30 to seize 216,000 people by the thread, followed by Lost Kingdoms of South America with 266,000. At 8.30 it scored 384,000 for Richard the Third: King in a Carpark, which ran for 90 minutes. The numbers for last week are 198,000, 247,000 for Lost Kingdoms, and 131,000 for The Observer Effect at 8.30.

In other words, the exhumation doc gave SBS160,000 eyeballs, which probably explains what happened to >Serangoon Road on the ABC.

Programme Rankings Preliminary Oztam Data. Bracketted figures show ratings for same slot last week

1. The X Factor Seven 1.763 – (1.811)

2. Sunday Night Seven 1.446 – (1.563)

3. Seven News Seven 1.397 – (1.468)

4. 60 Minutes Nine 1.318 – (1.006)

5. Nine News Nine 1.173 – (1.141)

6. Australia’s Got Talent Nine 0.850 – (0.801)

7. Bones Seven 0.829 – (871,000)

8. ABC News ABC 0.814 – (870,000)

9. Modern Family – Episode 1 Ten 0.761 – (724,000)

10. Kakadu ABC 0.747 – (0.787)

11. Modern Family – Episode 2 Ten 0.667 – (0.724)

12. Elementary Ten 0.664 – (667,000)

13. Ten News Ten 0.531 – (455,000)

14. Castle Seven 0.527 – (669,000)

15. Limitless Nine 0.522 – (last week’s movie was The Next Three Days on 390,000)

David Attenborough: Animal Attraction 0.466m
The Graham Norton Show 0.347m
The Simpsons 0.337m

Network Nightly Shares

Seven: 39.3% – (39.5%)

Nine: 25.9% – (25.8%)

Ten: 15.7% – (15.8%)

ABC: 13.4% – (15.2%)

SBS: 5.7% – (3.7%)

David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.