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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: ABC streets ahead of the commercial networks

ABC’s audience numbers from last night should serve as a reminder to Ten that quality programming is the only way to attract viewers.

A quiet night last night, except for The Checkout and Janet King on ABC1. Seven won All People, Nine won the demos. Seven also won the regionals. With no more episodes of The Block, Nine had to depend on The Footy Show. Only the ABC1 offerings The Checkout (1.208 million national/ 825,000 metro/ 383,000 regional viewers) and Janet King (1.270 million national/ 820,000 metro/ 450,000 regional viewers) stood out. Seven’s double episodes of Home and Away from 7pm averaged 1.447 million national/ 922,000 metro/ 525,000 regional viewers. It was the standout from 7pm onwards.

From 8pm to 9.30pm, The Checkout and Janet King were the most watched programs last night, which is some achievement — a a big message to the underperforming Ten Network. In fact the ABC dominated the national  top 10 with four programs. Seven and Nine had three each. Ten’s main channel shares were 10.6% in the metros and a weak 7.8% in the regions. Nine won Sydney and Melbourne, Seven got up in Brisbane by a small margin, but once again smashed Nine in Adelaide and Perth. The Footy Show (992,000 national/ 706,000 metro/ 286,000 regional viewers), pushed Nine in front in Melbourne. Nine News belted Seven News by 96,000 in Sydney, 173,000 in Melbourne and 59,000 in Brisbane respectively.

In the morning, Nine’s Today (338,000 metro viewers yesterday) continues to improve, with Sunrise still ahead on 351,000 metro viewers. Nationally, Sunrise had 617,000 viewers and Today, 534,000. But the ABC’s News Breakfast has been the real mover this week, with a notable lift with the ending of daylight saving, adding 10,000 to 20,000 viewers on some mornings. Nationally News Breakfast had 211,000 viewers on ABC1 and News 24 yesterday. Ten’s stuttering Wake up (26,000) and Studio 10 (36,000) reverted to type yesterday morning, after a boost earlier in the week.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (29.9%)
  2. Nine (28.1%)
  3. ABC (19.9%)
  4. Ten (17.1%)
  5. SBS (5.0%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (21.6%)
  2. Nine (20.5%)
  3. ABC 1 (14.3%)
  4. Ten (10.6%)
  5. SBS ONE (4.0%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7mate (5.0%)
  2. GO, Eleven (4.6%)
  3. 7TWO (3.4%)
  4. Gem (3.0%)
  5. ABC 2 (2.8%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Nine News  — 1.722 million
  2. Seven News  — 1.479 million
  3. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.477 million
  4. ABC News  —  1.300 million
  5. Janet King (ABC1) — 1.270 million
  6. The Checkout (ABC1) — 1.208 million
  7. 7.30 (ABC1) — 1.135 million
  8. Nine News   — 1.059 million
  9. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.034 million
  10. Seven News/ Today Tonight  — 1.012 million

Top metro programs:

  1. Nine News  — 1.171 million
  2. Seven News — 1.136 million
  3. Nine News 6.30 — 1.059 million
  4. Seven News / Today Tonight — 1.011 million

Losers: Apart from ABC1’s The Checkout and Janet King  — the rest of the night was fairly ordinary. So You Think You Can Dance Australia  — 540,000 national/ 411,000 metro/ 129,000 regional viewers. Given the lower level of viewing on Thursday nights, that’s better than its timeslot earlier in the week. But that’s all you can say about it.Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News  — 1.171 million
  2. Seven News  — 1.136 million
  3. Nine News 6.30  — 1.059 million
  4. Seven News / Today Tonight  — 1.011 million
  5. ABC News   —  846,000
  6. A Current Affair (Nine)  —  827,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC1) — 737,000
  8. Ten Eyewitness News — 621,000
  9. The Project 7pm — 514,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm — 372,000

Metro morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven)  —  351,000
  2. Today (Nine)  —  338,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) — 168,000
  4. News Breakfast (ABC1,  72,000 + 61,000 on News 24) — 133,000
  5. Mornings (Nine) — 122,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 36,000
  7. Wake Up (Ten) — 26,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox 8  (2.6%)
  2. LifeStyle  (2.5%)
  3. TVHITS!  (2.2%)
  4. Disney (1.8%)
  5. UKTV  (1.7%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. AF: 360 (Fox Footy)  —  106,000
  2. Grand Designs (LifeStyle) —  86,000
  3. Sterlo (Fox Sports 1) — 60,000
  4. The Simpsons (Fox 8) —  58,000
  5. Coronation Street (UKTV) —  52,000

*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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