Great news for Nine not so for Seven or any other network.
60 Minutes has finished the ratings year on top, claiming the News and Current Affairs crown for the 2nd year running.
Last night, 60 Minutes averaged 1,174,000 viewers (Total People, 5 City Metro), to be the Number One show on the night, well ahead of rival Sunday Night on 887,000 viewers.
In 2014, 60 Minutes has averaged 1.244 million viewers every Sunday evening. (Total People, 5 City Metro, Survey period).
Its closest rival, Sunday Night averaged 1.164 million viewers each week, experiencing a 5% year on year decline in audience, on top of a 10% year on year decline the previous year.
On the Sunday evenings both shows were on air, 60 Minutes won the head to head battle, 23 weeks to 10.
Other weekly current affairs shows have fared as follows so far this year.
60 Minutes – 1,244,000 viewers
Sunday Night – 1,164,000 viewers
Australian Story – 838,000 viewers
4 Corners – 674,000 viewers
Foreign Correspondent – 588,000 viewers
Insight – 231,000 viewers
Dateline – 149,000 viewers
(Total People, 5 city metro, survey period)
60 Minutes Executive Producer, Tom Malone says his team is very grateful to the viewers. “We are truly humbled by this result. The ratings victory is a great recognition for our terrific team of reporters, producers, crews, editors, and the entire 60 Minutes staff. For the viewers to return each week to watch our programme is very rewarding.
“We treasure the trust and loyalty that people show in us. Along with our ratings success, the team has been recognised by our peers with two Walkley Award nominations in 2014.
“We’re very grateful to David Gyngell and Darren Wick for the support and faith they show in 60 Minutes, and we’ll be back with more terrific stories in 2015.”
a60 Minutes will return on Sunday November 30 with new stories and a summer series.