Channel Seven wins ratings war with their coverage of the Queen’s funeral

The Queen’s funeral lures millions of Australian viewers back to free-to-air TV but Channel Seven wins the ratings war with their coverage of the historical event

Three of Australia’s major TV networks broadcast the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II live from London on Monday evening, drawing in over three million viewers combined.

But it was Channel Seven’s coverage of the historical event which came out on top.

Anchored by 7News’ Michael Usher and Natalie Barr and David Koch from Sunrise, ‘The Grateful Goodbye’ was watched by 975,000 people across the country’s five major capitals.

The Queen's funeral brought millions of Australian viewers back to free-to-air TV, but Channel Seven won the ratings war with their coverage of the historical event

The Queen’s funeral brought millions of Australian viewers back to free-to-air TV, but Channel Seven won the ratings war with their coverage of the historical event

Meanwhile, Channel Nine’s coverage reached 879,000 viewers. 

The ABC’s live broadcast from Westminster Abbey drew in 708,000 viewers, while 362,000 tuned in to watch ABC News’ coverage of the event. 

Meanwhile, Channel 10 opted to run its standard Monday night schedule.

The counter-programming experiment failed to capture the audiences imagination.

Anchored by 7News' Michael Usher and Natalie Barr and David Koch from Sunrise, 'The Grateful Goodbye' was watched by 975,000 people across the country's five major capitals

Anchored by 7News’ Michael Usher and Natalie Barr and David Koch from Sunrise, ‘The Grateful Goodbye’ was watched by 975,000 people across the country’s five major capitals 

Usually a strong performer, Have You Been Paying Attention? drew in just 324,000 metro viewers for Channel 10.

This was quite a tumble for comedy panel show after it managed to pull in 547,000 last week. 

Ratings for The Amazing Race worsened on Monday night for the network.

The real-life adventure series reached just 185,000 viewers in the major centres.

Meanwhile, Channel Nine's coverage reached 879,000 viewers. Pictured: Nine's Karl Stefanovic and Allison Langdon

Meanwhile, Channel Nine’s coverage reached 879,000 viewers. Pictured: Nine’s Karl Stefanovic and Allison Langdon

The 10 network did cover the Royal event on its 10Bold channel, but only won a 2.2 per cent share of the audience. 

Channel Seven won the night overall, capturing 30.2 per cent of the audience.

Nine finished the evening second with 27.7 per cent share, while the ABC was a very close third with 27.6 percent.

Channel 10 finished fourth on the night with a paltry viewing share of just 8.8 per cent.

Nine's Peter Overton (left) and Tracy Grimshaw (right) also anchored Nine's coverage of the funeral

Nine’s Peter Overton (left) and Tracy Grimshaw (right) also anchored Nine’s coverage of the funeral 

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