In any other week, Chopper Read’s final interview would’ve been a ratings hit. However, the bushfires took over current affairs TV — as it should.
Seven’s night easily in metro and regional markets and after tonight, and Seven’s week, easily, as it was last week. The performance episode of The X Factor was simply too much for the other networks, and that helped Sunday Night as well, and then Bones.
The X Factor had 2.622 million national/ 1.763 million metro/ 859,000 regional viewers, Sunday Night had 2.234 million national/ 1.446 million metro/ 788,000 regional viewers and Bones had 1.313 million national/829,000 metro/ 484,000 regional viewers.
Nine’s 60 Minutes had its best night for some weeks with the post-death interview with Chopper Read. As interesting as it was, it paled beside the story of the young Queensland man’s struggle to repair himself after a terrible crash. And, in Sydney, after days of terrible bushfire stories, the confessions of a dead criminal rang a bit weak (for me). 60 Minutes had 1.757 million national/ 1.318 million metro/ 439,000 regional viewers. Australia’s Got Talent on Nine had 1.221 million/ 850,000 metro/ 371,000 regional viewers. Weak, and still not good enough.
Ten had a better night, beating the ABC into third in metro markets, but not in the regions where Ten was easily beaten. Ten also remains firmly on the nose in the country’s biggest market, Sydney, where the ABC was third and Ten was fourth. In the morning The Bolt Report and Meet The Press were pre-empted by Ten’s coverage of the Moto Grand Prix bikes. There was still time though to show The Bolt Report at 10am, before the bikes started.
Network channel share:
Network main channels:
SBS ONE (5.1%)
Top 5 digital channels:
Top 10 national programs:
The X Factor (Seven) — 2.622 million
Sunday Night (Seven) — 2.234 million
Seven News — 1.972 million
60 Minutes (Nine) — 1.757 million
Nine News — 1.721 million
Bones (Seven) — 1.313 million
Kakadu (ABC1) — 1.226 million
Australia’s Got Talent (Nine) — 1.221 million
ABC News — 1.190 million
Modern Family (Ten) — 994,000.
Top metro programs:
The X Factor Performance (Seven) — 1.763 million
Sunday Night (Seven) — 1.446 million
Seven News — 1.397 million
60 Minutes (Nine) — 1. 318 million
Nine News — 1.173 million
Losers: Serangoon Road on ABC1 at 8.30pm — 648,000 national/369,000 metro/ 279,000 regional viewers. A tired, ’80s or ’90s Aussie view of telling stories about Asia. Stilted as well.Metro news and current affairs: