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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: a terrible night for Ten and pay TV

The double-whammy of The Block and My Kitchen Rules meant there was very little audience share left over for other channels.

Seven’s night as Resurrection blitzed the night on its debut (yes, it’s a spooky US series, but that’s what is the big idea in US TV is at the moment). It had 2.820 million national/ 1.911 million metro / 909,000 regional viewers last night, a very strong start. Seven clearly won all metro markets (including Melbourne where it has been very weak this year) and won regionals as well in convincing fashion. Seven rested Winners & Losers (its back later in the year) to put the short run Resurrection into the Tuesday night slot — it boosted viewing on Seven last night by around 1.5 million people.

But will it last? In the US it started two Sunday nights ago and topped the night with 10.8 million viewers but fell last Sunday night to 9.22 million. It was the most watched program on both nights. Australian viewers are quick to abandon popular imports — just look at the way Homeland, ElementaryNCIS (Ten), Sherlock (Nine), The Blacklist, Downton Abbey and Revenge have faded after very solid starts. It added to the solid performance of the elimination episode of My Kitchen Rules. which had 2.566 million national/ 1.721 million metro/ 845,000 regional viewers. Nine’s The Block was left behind as usual, because it’s not a key night in the program’s week. It averaged a still very solid 1.930 million national/ 1.341 million metro/ 589,000 regional viewers.

And Ten — a  9.0% share in metro markets, and 8.7% in regionals for its main channel meant another night in fourth spot in all markets. Pay TV had a low 11.7% national share of prime time viewing last night for its 200+ channels because of the huge audiences watching My Kitchen Rules and The Block and then Resurrection. Sky News was the most watched channel on pay TV last night, which is an indicator of how weak the night was for the subscription sector. Not one program had 100,000 or more viewers on pay last night.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (38.7%)
  2. Nine (28.0%)
  3. ABC (15.5%)
  4. TEN (13.0%)
  5. SBS (4.8%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (31.8%)
  2. Nine (22.2%)
  3. ABC1 (10.5%)
  4. Ten (9.0%)
  5. SBS ONE (4.0%)

Top  digital channels: 

  1. GO, 7mate (3.5%)
  2. 7TWO (3.4%)
  3. ABC 2 (2.8%)
  4. Eleven (2.4%)
  5. Gem (2.2%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Resurrection (Seven) —  2.820 million
  2. My Kitchen Rules (Seven)  —  2.566 million
  3. The Block (Nine) — 1.930 million
  4. Nine News — 1.758 million
  5. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.560 million
  6. The Big Bang Theory (Nine) — 1.440 million
  7. Seven News — 1.414 million
  8. ABC News — 1.244 million
  9. The Big Bang Theory repeat (Nine) —  1.108 million
  10. Nine News - 6.30 — 1.104 million

Top metro programs:

  1.  Resurrection (Seven) — 1.911 million
  2. My Kitchen Rules (Seven)  —  1.721 million
  3. The Block (Nine) — 1.341 million
  4. Nine News — 1.227 million
  5. Nine News 6.30 — 1.104 million
  6. Seven News  — 1.084 million
  7. Seven News / Today Tonight — 1.047 million

Losers: Ten, again, squeezed again by Seven and Nine, but also self inflicted damage as well — viz. The Biggest Loser - 421,000 national/ 268,000 metro/ 153,000 regional viewers.Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News  — 1.227 million
  2. Nine News 6.30  — 1.104 million
  3. Seven News  — 1.084 million
  4. Seven News / Today Tonight  — 1.047 million
  5. A Current Affair (Nine)  —  910,000
  6. ABC News   —  788,000
  7. Ten Eyewitness News — 657,000
  8. 7.30 (ABC1) — 625,000
  9. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 501,000
  10. Foreign Correspondent (ABC1) — 488,000

Metro morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven)  —  331,000
  2. Today (Nine)  —  287,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) — 167,000
  4. News Breakfast (ABC1, 73,000 + 49,000 on News 24) — 122,000
  5. Mornings (Nine) — 102,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 43,000
  7. Wake Up (Ten) — 41,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Sky News (2.6%)
  2. Fox 8  (2.5%)
  3. TVHITS! (2.4%)
  4. LifeStyle (1.9%)
  5. Fox Classics  (1.8%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Back Page  (Fox Sports 1)  —  51,000
  2. AFL: 360  (Fox Footy) —  53,000
  3. Real Housewives of Beverley Hills (Arena) —  41,000
  4. Paul Murray Live (Sky News)   —  49,000
  5. Family Guy (Fox 8) —  48,000

*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.) and network reports.

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    John Newton
    Posted Wednesday, 26 March 2014 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

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