It was not a good week for Seven News with Nine edging quite close. If fact, it was Seven’s lowest rated week of the year. All markets lost ground but it was the east coast that contributed most to the 40,000 drop from week 30. Friday’s bulletin was the lowest rated weekday Seven News of 2022.
For Nine, Sydney was the stand out performer accounting for almost all of the 23,000 increase and now at 21 weeks won it has won the year by that metric. Nine Melbourne was notable for wins in both half hours this week.
The first week of the Commonwealth Games saw a +50,000 turnaround in viewership - Seven was up 29,000 and Nine down 38,000. Seven improved in all markets except Sydney that posted some of its lowest audiences of he year while Brisbane was up 17k. Nine lost audience along the east coast but picked up 10k in Adelaide and 2k in Perth.
It wasn’t the best week for commercial news ratings with Nine slipping 11,000 and Seven down 47,000 in the 5-city market. Meanwhile ABC News was up 52,000 week-on-week to an 11-week high.
Melbourne produced the closet result with a split, Seven ahead at 6pm and Nine winning 6.30pm. However, Seven won across the hour to now hit the 20-weeks won mark meaning it cannot be beaten this year based on that measurement, Congratulations
Not so good news for Seven Sydney; as noted in the daily ratings topics some very poor results saw the bulletin record its lowest weekly average for the year. It was down 41% from week 34 in 2021.
Over at Seven Brisbane, the bulletin posted its lowest weekday result on Friday as Nine won the week by an increased margin.
Changes from last week were not large - Seven down by 6,000 and Nine by just 2,000 in the 5-city market.
The biggest change was in Melbourne where Nine won the week with Seven down 17,000. That sees Seven still on 20 weeks won across the hour still one short of absolute victory for the year. Also a winner was Seven News Brisbane that was up 11k while Nine was down 11k. Seven won three nights with Nine posting another shocker on Friday night.
Considering some of the recent discussion, I’ve prepared a tables showing average audiences during the survey period up until last night. Also included is average audience data for Sunday and Saturday viewing.
This is just overnight data- add a few thousand to get 7-day.
This is the data for the full calendar year where you can see how close it is in Melbourne (5,000) and particularly Brisbane (1,000) across the hour. If you take an average across all seven days, Seven Brisbane could make a claim to be the number one news service in Brisbane.
Apparently, according to the below article, the reason for the recent dip in Seven News Sydney’s ratings could be due to an OzTam glitch, where viewers in parts of Sydney were counted towards the Wollongong ratings rather than towards Sydney’s, thanks to a quite significant signal overspill of the Wollongong TV channels into much of the metropolitan area.