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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Seven wins again, Ten continues to struggle

Viewing figures for Ten’s morning offerings have hit rock bottom, or close enough to it.

Seven won a close one in metro and regional markets from Nine, with Ten doing better overall and in the main channels in metro markets, but that situation was reversed in the regions.

Over at Ten, no worries about the ending of the analogue signal in Sydney for the network’s current stutterers, Wake Up and Studio 10. Viewers just aren’t watching. The two morning laggards averaged just 32,000 each in metro markets. That is just not good enough. Nationally Wake Up had 59,000 viewers and Studio 10 had 54,000. Both programs now resemble a poor regional effort in terms of costings and production quality.

Monday night was flat, with many more to come until early February (although the night tennis on Seven in January should help keep me awake. You?) Tonight it’s the final chat between ‘Red’ Kerry O’Brien and Paul Keating — one of the best programs of the year and a fine example of how good interviewing can attract and hold solid audiences. It’s a timely reminder to all the ideologues  that the ABC punches above its weight. Would any commercial network be interested in talking to Paul Keating over four weeks for four hours? The interviews have added to our knowledge of the Hawke-Keating governments and other stories from the 1983-96 period, which is quite an achievement. And remember, the ABC also gave us the Howard Years, the definite view of John Howard’s long primeministership.

A major milestone passed in Sydney this morning at 9, with the ending of analogue TV broadcasting in the region. Seven first broadcast in analogue in Sydney from December 2, 1956 with the launch of ATN Channel 7. The closing transmission on Seven’s analogue signal this morning was, wait for it, the network’s closing segment broadcast each night in the 1970s and 1980s: Tommy Leonetti’s My City of Sydney. Ahh, those were the days,  before smartphones and the internet.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (29.8%)
  2. Nine (27.9%)
  3. Ten (19.8%)
  4. ABC (17.7%)
  5. SBS (4.7%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (21.9%)
  2. Nine (20.6%)
  3. Ten (12.1%)
  4. ABC1 (11.5%)
  5. SBS ONE (3.7%)

Top digital channels: 

  1. Eleven (4.3%)
  2. 7TWO (4.1%)
  3. GO (3.9%)
  4. 7mate, ABC 2 (3.7%)
  5. Gem (3.5%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News  — 1.701 million
  2. Nine News  — 1.596 million
  3. The Blacklist (Seven) — 1.569 million
  4. Air Rescue (Seven) — 1.384 million
  5. The Big Bang Theory repeat episode 2 (Nine) — 1.347 million
  6. Today Tonight (Seven) — 1.335 million
  7. Dog Patrol (Seven) — 1.284 million
  8. The Big Bang Theory repeat episode 3 (Nine) — 1.240 million
  9. ABC  News — 1.188 million
  10. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.110 million

Top metro programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.172 million
  2. Nine News — 1.121 million
  3. The Blacklist (Seven) — 1.017 million

Losers: All of us, again, if we tuned in to TV last night.Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News  — 1.172 million
  2. Nine News  — 1.121 million
  3. Today Tonight (Seven) — 961,000
  4. A Current Affair (Nine) — 943,000
  5. ABC News — 789,000
  6. 7.30 (ABC1) — 624,000
  7. Ten Eyewitness News — 601,000
  8. The Project (Ten) — 519,000
  9. SBS World News — 166,000
  10. Lateline (ABC1) — 155,000

Metro morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven)  —  376,000
  2. Today (Nine)  —  316,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) — 211,000
  4. Mornings (Nine) — 107,000
  5. News Breakfast (ABC1 had 62,000 + 44,000 on News 24) — 106,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 32,000
  7. Wake Up (Ten) — 32,000

Top pay TV channels:

  1. LifeStyle  (3.0%)
  2. TV1  (2.5%)
  3. Fox 8  (2.4%)
  4. UKTV, Discovery (2.0%)
  5. History Channel (2.0%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Coast Australia (History) — 147,000
  2. Coronation Street (UKTV) — 76,000
  3. The Walking Dead (FX)  —  68,000
  4. Escape To the Country (LifeStyle) —  65,000
  5. New Tricks (UKTV) —  60,000

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