Seven’s keeping viewers hooked by pairing hyped-up new shows with proven favourites.
Seven’s night in metro and regional markets, with Nine in second, the ABC third and Ten still very much in fourth place. Seven won because of the combination of My Kitchen Rules (which held its audience with 2.394 million national / 1.621 million metro/ 808,000 regional viewers) and Resurrection’s second episode, which did well with 2.355 million national/ 1.547 million metro/ 608,000 regional viewers. That however was down over half a million from last week’s blockbuster debut. It’s still very solid, but the fall from last week fits the now usual pattern for overseas programs — strong start, and then a fade as viewers get bored and no longer connect (or the younger ones whip off and view online, somewhere).
If Resurrection’s audience steadies at around last night’s level, then it will be a big hit for Seven for its short life. If it fades, it will be a lesser hit. Nine’s fave, The Block (2.018 million national/ 1.415 million metro/ 603,000 regional viewers), was helped by the fresh episode of The Big Bang Theory (2.057 million national/ 1.510 million metro / 547,000 regional viewers). We can expect The Block’s audience (last night was its best Tuesday), to build and peak with next week’s finale.
ABC1’s Foreign Correspondent showed (again) last night why it should be in the network’s schedule for as long as possible — 1.034 million national/ 700,000 metro/ 334,000 regional viewers. An excellent effort on a scandal involving two Australians in Dubai with some very mysterious undertones. It’s a story that again raises questions about why anyone would want to do business there. Seven’s 6pm news hour was very, very weak last night, especially at 6-6.30pm. Nine News streeted Seven News last night — with winning margins of a massive 146,000 in Sydney; 105,000 in Melbourne and 18,000 in Brisbane. That is more than a quarter of a million extra viewers for Nine’s News in metro markets. The margin nationally was less than 190,000, which is still a big win. Seven’s Sunrise beat Today by 52,000 in the metro markets and over 110,000 nationally as Today’s bad rating habits of 2014 returned.
Network channel share:
Network main channels:
SBS ONE (3.6%)
Top digital channels:
ABC2, Gem (2.5%)
Top 10 national programs:
My Kitchen Rules (Seven) — 2.394 million
Resurrection (Seven) — 2.355 million
The Big Bang Theory (Nine) — 2.057 million
The Block (Nine) — 2.018 million
Nine News — 1.631 million
Home and Away (Seven) — 1.525 million
The Big Bang Theory repeat (Nine) — 1.506 million
Seven News — 1.445 million
A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.288 million
ABC News — 1.278 million
Top metro programs:
My Kitchen Rules (Seven) — 1.621 million
Resurrection (Seven) — 1.547 million
The Big Bang Theory (Nine) — 1.510 million
The Block (Nine) — 1.415 million
Nine News — 1.198 million
The Big Bang Theory repeat (Nine) — 1.127 million
Nine News 6.30 — 1.127 million
A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.103 million
Seven News — 1.077 million
Losers: Wouldn’t you believe it — Ten, again, and again.Metro news and current affairs: