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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: X Factor winning everywhere, except in Melbourne

Interestingly, Winners & Losers had more viewers than The X Factor in Melbourne, which goes against the national pattern. Is it because W&L is set in Melbourne?

The Glenn Dyer breakdown: Seven’s night because of The X Factor results episode which had just under 1.5 million metro and more than 2.3 million national viewers (down a little from Monday night). Winners & Losers followed X Factor and averaged 1.224 million metro and more than 1.8 million national viewers in another solid performance.

Interestingly, Winners & Losers with 355,000 had a few more viewers than The X Factor in Melbourne which had 350,000. Because W&L is set in Melbourne? Nine News in Melbourne with 402,000 viewers also had more viewers than X Factor. In fact Melbourne has been the only market in Australia that The X Factor hasn’t really dominated. By way of comparison, the program had 500,000 viewers in Sydney last night which made it easily the most-watched program nationally.

The rest of the night was average, although ABC1’s Foreign Correspondent had an excellent look at how ordinary Greeks are coping with their country’s financial collapse and recession. It was quite inspiring, with 644,000 metro and 937,000 national viewers tuning in to watch. It was the story about Greece you rarely read or see.

Ten ran dead with those repeats of NCIS and its LA offspring. Nine’s Incredible Near Misses averaged 693,000 at 7.30 pm in metro markets and a stronger 1.068 million nationally. The fresh episode of The Big Bang Theory averaged a lowish 976,000 at 8.30 pm in metro markets and a stronger 1.402 million nationally. Two and a Half Men and Mike & Molly were late-night flops.

Seven was again very strong in regional markets.

Tonight: The highlight of the week (and especially this time of year?) on ABC1 tonight, A Moody Christmas (it’s Christmas 3). Watch or record this one and then continue with The Chaser’s Hamster Wheel. Nine and Seven have a mixture of second and third string programs. Watch at your peril. Ten has superior fare in Glee (even if its ageing), The Good Wife and the Modern Family repeat at 7pm.

The top 10 national programs (metro & regional combined):

  1. The X Factor (Seven) — 2.347 million.
  2. Winners & Losers (Seven) — 1.863 million.
  3. Seven News — 1.749 million.
  4. Nine News — 1.648 million.
  5. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.531 million.
  6. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.505 million.
  7. ABC1 News — 1.411 million.
  8. The Big Bang Theory (Nine) — 1.402 million.
  9. Today Tonight (Seven) — 1.286 million.
  10. 10 Incredible Near Misses (Nine) — 1.068 million.

The Metro Winners:

  1. The X Factor (Seven, 7.30pm) — 1.498 million.
  2. Winners & Losers (Seven, 8.40pm) — 1.224 million.
  3. Seven News (6pm) — 1.185 million.
  4. Nine News (6pm) — 1.129 million.
  5. Today Tonight (Seven, 6.30pm) — 1.023 million.
  6. Home and Away (Seven, 7pm) — 1.000 million.

The Losers: Ten, just weak, Nine wasn’t far behind.Metro News & CA: Nine News won Sydney narrowly, and Melbourne by 98,000. Nine lost Perth by 123,000. ACA won Melbourne by 91,000 after losing Sydney. TT won Brisbane, Adelaide (by a only 13,000) and Perth by 100,000, which is a whipping in that market.

  1. Seven News (6pm) - 1.185 million.
  2. Nine News (6pm) — 1.129 million.
  3. Today Tonight (Seven, 6.30pm) — 1.023 million.
  4. ABC1 News (7pm) — 999,000.
  5. A Current Affair (Nine, 6.30pm) — 945,000.
  6. 7.30 (ABC 1, 7.30pm) — 714,000.
  7. Foreign Correspondent (ABC 1, 8pm) — 644,000.
  8. Ten News (Ten, 5pm) — 590,000.
  9. The Project (Ten, 6.30pm) — 504,000.
  10. The Project (Ten, 6pm) — 359,000.
  11. Ten Late News (Ten, 10.30pm) — 224,000.
  12. Lateline (ABC1, 10.30pm) — 211,000.
  13. SBS ONE News (6.30pm) — 150,000.
  14. The Business (ABC 1, 11.05pm, rpt) — 126,000.
  15. SBS ONE Late News (10.30pm) — 85,000.
  16. The Drum (News 24, 6pm) — 45,000.

In the morning: Ten’s Breakfast perked up yesterday, the morning after it was axed. Too late.

  1. Sunrise (Seven, 7am) — 333,000
  2. Today (Nine, 7 am) — 329,000.
  3. The Morning Show (Seven, 9am) — 144,000.
  4. Mornings (Nine, 9am) — 103,000.
  5. News Breakfast (ABC 1, 7pm) — 52,000 + 34,000 on News 24.
  6. Breakfast (Ten, 7am) — 58,000.

Metro FTA: Seven (three channels) won with a share of 32.9%, from Nine (three) on 24.5%, Ten (three) was on 18.3%, the ABC (four) was on 17.8% and SBS (two) was on 6.4%. Seven leads the week with 31.7% from Nine on 27.5%, Ten is on 18.1% and the ABC is on 17.8%. Main Channels: Seven won with a share of 27.3% from Nine on 18.0%, ABC1 was on 13.8%, Ten is on 12.7% and SBS ONE was on 5.4%. Seven leads the week with 24.8%, from Nine on 19.7%, ABC1 on 13.9% and Ten on 13.2%.

Metro Digital: GO won with a share of 3.7%, from Eleven on 3.0%, 7TWO was on 2.9%, 7mate was on 2.8%, ONE was on 2.7%, ABC2, 2.2%, ABC3 and SBS TWO ended on 1.0%, and News 24 ended on 0.8%. The 10 digital channels had an FTA share last night of 22.9%. GO leads the week with 4.7% from 7TWO on 3.9%, Gem on 3.2% and 7mate on 3.0%.

Metro including pay TV: Seven (three channels) won with a share of 27.5%, from Nine (three) on 20.4%, Ten (three) was on 15.3%, the ABC (four) was on 14.9% and SBS (two) was on 5.4%. The 15 FTA channels had a viewing share last night of 85.4%. The 10 digital channels share was 19.1%, the five main channels share was 66.3%. The 200 plus channels on the Foxtel platform gave a pay TV share last night of 14.6%.

The top five pay TV channels were:

  1. Fox8 — 2.6%.
  2. TV1 — 2.4%.
  3. A&E — 1.9%.
  4. LifeStyle, Cartoon Network — 1.6%.
  5. Fox Classics, Nick Jr — 1.5%.

The five most-watched programs on pay TV were:

  1. The Walking Dead (FX) — 113,000.
  2. Pawn Stars (A&E) — 84,000.
  3. Storage Wars (A&E) — 66,000.
  4. The Simpsons (Fox8) — 61,000.
  5. The Vicar of Dibley (Fox Classics) — 57,000.

Regional: Prime/7Qld (three channels) won with a share of 38.2%, from WIN/NBN (three) on 26.0%, the ABC (four) was on 16.5%, SC Ten (three) was on 15.2% and SBS (two) was on 4.0%. Prime/7Qld won the main channels won with a share of 27.8%, from WIN/NBN on 19.2%, ABC1 was on 11.4% and SC Ten ended on 10.3%. The digitals were won by 7Mate with 6.1%, from 7TWO on 4.3% and GO on 3.6%. The 10 digital channels had an FTA share last night of 27.0%. Prime/7Qld lead the week with 34.7%, from WIN/NBN on 28.4%, The ABC is on 17.0% and SC Ten is on 15.8%.

The five most-watched programs in regional markets were:

  1. The X Factor — 849,000.
  2. Winners & Losers — 630,000.
  3. Seven News  — 564,000.
  4. ACA — 560,000.
  5. Home and Away — 532,000.

Major Metro Markets: A clean sweep again for Seven (both overall and the main channels). The ABC/ABC1 were third in Sydney overall and the main channels, while ABC1 was third in Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and in Perth it was second and Nine third. Ten was third overall in Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide because its digital channels were stronger than those of the ABC. GO won Melbourne and tied Gem in Sydney. Eleven won Brisbane and Perth and 7TWO won Adelaide. Nine leads in Melbourne. Seven leads the week in the four other metro markets.

(All shares on the basis of combined overnight 6pm to midnight All People)

Source: Oztam, TV Networks data

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