Ratings: Nine starts Easter non-ratings with a Sunday prime-time win as Australia Grand Prix grabs 864,000

The first day of the Easter “non-ratings” period saw a win for the Nine network after 6pm as Ten’s Formula One coverage dominated afternoon viewing.

Ten’s broadcast drew 864,000 for the F1 race with 709,000 tuning in for the Podium presentation at 6pm and 463,000 for the post-race coverage that started at 6:10pm (time corrected numbers).

Meanwhile, ABC’s Doc Martin plus Nine News and Seven News were the only programs to score over one million viewers with Seven’s My Kitchen Rules rested for the night.

Nine had 32.2% of the audience, well clear of Seven (24.3%), ABC (20.2%), Ten (16.6%) and SBS (6.8%). Nine won all markets except Perth where Seven was number one.

Nine News Sunday (1,067,000) and 60 Minutes (959,000) were Nine’s best titles with _The Mad World of Donald Trum_p (821,000) also making the top ten. Later, Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall had 427,000.

For Seven, Seven News (1,040,000) and Sunday Night (754,000) were best with Border Security: International that followed on 612,000. An earlier start for The Blacklist saw its overnight number improve to 433,000 but the debut of Odyssey, a short lived US drama that followed, had just 224,000 and 123,000.

Doc Martin with 1,111,000 was the night’s top show with ABC News (882,000) and Call the Midwife (660,000) also doing well. A repeat of Joanna Lumley’s Trans Siberian Adventure then had 402,000.

After the Grand Prix, Ten’s best result was for Modern Family with 550,000 and 491,000. Later, American Crime Story had 439,000 and NCIS: New Orleans 244,000. Earlier, Scorpion averaged 386,000 and Ten Eyewitness News had 180,000 in thee cities.

Documentaries, The Story of Egypt (259,000) and Rome: What Lies Beneath (191,000), were best for SBS.

At breakfast, Today Sunday had 269,000, well clear of Sunrise Sunday on 228,000 and Weekend Breakfast with 65,000 and 64,000. ABC’s Insider’s had 290,000 while The Conversation with Alex Malley saw 168,000 tune in.

See Sunday 20 March 2016 for a more detailed look at the ratings numbers in the Media Spy forums.

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