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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Hamish and Andy bring the funny (and the ratings)

Hamish Blake and Andy Lee continue to perform for Nine, with their latest Gap Year bringing it home for Nine.

So how did the returns go last night? Well one return omitted yesterday was Hamish and Andy’s Asia Gap Year -- this time they are in Asia, and it dominated the night for Nine with  2.231 million national/ 1.566 million metro/ 665,000 regional viewers. It’s not so much a returning program, more a perennial, watered-once-a year by Nine with some cash and the dynamic duo produce a funny show that claims the highly prized 16-to-49 demographic. With The Block helping with 2.130 million national/ 1.485 million metro/ 645,000 regional viewers, Nine had a solid win last night that was bigger than it appeared on paper — it won the main channels in metro marts by nearly 9 percentage points from a weak Seven.

Nine won Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, but not Adelaide and Perth where Seven got home. But even there was closer than on Sunday night. In regional markets. Nine also had a solid win in regional markets.

Ten’s Wanted (AKA Australia’s Most Wanted) went wanting so far as viewers are concerned at 8.30pm. It averaged 999,000 national/ 649,000 metro/ 350,000 regional viewers, which was a distant fourth behind the ABC’s Four Corners (1.233 million national/ 863,000 metro/ 470,000 regional viewers) and Media Watch Watch (with the returning Paul Barry in the chair, with 1.215 million national/ 841,000 metro/ 374,000 regional viewers). Even Seven’s dying Criminal Minds at 8.30pm (1.057 million national/673,000 metro/ 384,000 regional viewers) managed more viewers.

But Seven’s Red Widow sank to a level that is even too high for it — it averaged 660,000 national/ 428,000 metro/ 232,000 regional viewers last night. Last week (though with the final of House Rules as the lead-in) Red Widow averaged 1.350 million national/ 901,000 metro/ 499,000 regional viewers. That’s a more than halving in the audience in a week.  So that’s two turkeys from the US for Seven this year so far: the first was Last Resort.

Another return tonight with Winners and Losers back on Seven — after the less-than-successful revamp of The Mole. Nine starts the Oz version of the successful UK format —  The Great Australian Bake Off  — which is a poor person’s My Kitchen Rules and MasterChef.

Now this is what I call a TV audience: Around 17.29 million people watched BBC coverage of  Andy Murray’s celebrations after winning the Wimbledon Mmen’s final on Sunday (UK time). The BBC coverage from the start to the end (including the pre-match and post match stuff) averaged 12.1 million people from 5.15 pm London time to 5.45 pm (which covers the final 12-minute game and his celebrations), an average 16.7 million people watched. UK ratings data shows that from 1.45 pm to 6pm, the BBC coverage had 73% of the viewing audience.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (32.8%)
  2. Seven (25.2%)
  3. ABC (20.7%)
  4. Ten (17.0%)
  5. SBS (4.2%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (27.0%)
  2. Seven (18.2%)
  3. ABC1 (16.4%)
  4. Ten (11.8%)
  5. SBS ONE (3.4%)

Top digital channels: 

  1. GO, 7mate  (3.6%)
  2. 7TWO (3.5%)
  3. Eleven (2.8%)
  4. ABC 2 (2.6%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Hamish and Andy’s Asia Gap Year (Nine) — 2.231 million
  2. The Block (Nine) — 2.130 million
  3. Nine News — 2.033 million
  4. Seven News — 1.986 million
  5. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.517 million
  6. Today Tonight (Seven) — 1.497 million
  7. Highway Patrol (Seven) — 1.482 million
  8. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.474 million
  9. ABC1 News — 1.447 million
  10. The Big Bang Theory (Nine, repeat) — 1.322 million

Top metro programs:

  1. Hamish and Andy’s Asia Gap Year (Nine) — 1.566 million
  2. The Block (Nine) — 1.485 million
  3. Nine News — 1.395 million
  4. Seven News — 1.298 million
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.230 million
  6. Today Tonight (Seven) — 1.164 million

Losers: Red Widow on Seven, Wanted on Ten (see above). 

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News — 1.395 million
  2. Seven News — 1.298 million
  3. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.230 million
  4. Today Tonight (Seven) — 1.164 million
  5.  ABC1 News — 992,000
  6. 7.30 (ABC1) — 870,000
  7. Four Corners (ABC1) — 863,000
  8. Q&A (ABC1, 768,000, News 24, 85,000) — 851,000
  9. Media Watch (ABC1) — 841,000
  10. Australian Story (ABC1) — 819,000

Metro morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven)  —  330,000
  2. Today (Nine)  —  322,000
  3. News Breakfast (ABC1, 60,000, News 24, 43,000)  —  103,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox Sports 1  —  (3.0%)
  2. Fox 8 — (2.8%)
  3. LifeStyle  —  (2.3%)
  4. TV1  —   (2.2%)
  5. Fox Footy  —  (1.9%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. NRL: Many v Parramatta (Fox Sports 1)  —  244,000
  2. Monday Night With Matty Johns  (Fox Sports 1) —  175,000
  3. AFL: 360  (Fox Footy) —  131,000
  4. AFL: On The Couch (Fox Footy)  —  129,000
  5. AFL: Open Mike  (Fox Footy) —  102,000

*Data © OzTAM Pty Limited 2013. The data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) in whole or in part, without the prior written consent of OzTAM. (All shares on the basis of combined overnight 6pm to midnight all people.) Plus network reports.

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