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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: a lacklustre night for all

Thursday nights are becoming a programming dead zone, if the last two weeks are anything to go by.

Bad luck Lisa Paton, but you are a star for the way you conducted yourself on Million Dollar Minute. It had 1.176 million national / 740,000 metro / 436,000 regional viewers. Apart from that sadness, it was the night the networks forgot. Except for Call The Midwife and a bog standard 7.30 on ABC1, it was a not very edifying night for viewers.

Ten did better because it programmed two hours of MasterChef — a cook-off  and then a masterclass. The cook-off first part of the program rated more highly with 1.218 million national / 870,000 metro / 348,000 regional viewers. The second half averaged 868,000 national/ 629,000 metro/ 239,000 regional viewers until 9.40pm. Call The Midwife on ABC1 had 1.271 million national/ 840,000 metro / 381,000 regional viewers.

Apart from the now regular hour long episode of Home and Away, Seven was easily ignored last night, as was Nine, except for the oddities of The Footy Show which continues to fade away in Sydney. In Melbourne the AFL Footy Show was the equal sixth most-watched program (the best for seven weeks, according to Nine, but still a long way from being the most watched show in the city on Thursday nights). In Sydney the NRL version was  the 19th most watched program. The program had 1.074 million national/ 722,000 metro/ 352,000 regional viewers.

Nine won the night from Seven, Ten and the ABC (with the viewing shares closer than for some time). Wake Up’s final week boom continued with another 44,000 metro viewers yesterday morning.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (28.0%)
  2. Seven (25.8%)
  3. Ten (20.3%)
  4. ABC (19.2%)
  5. SBS (6.7%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (19.5%)
  2. Seven (18.0%)
  3. Ten (14.0%)
  4. ABC1  (13.8%)
  5. SBS ONE (5.2%)

Top digital channels: 

  1. GO (5.4%)
  2. 7mate (4.6%)
  3. Eleven (3.6%)
  4. 7TWO (3.3%)
  5. ABC2 (3.2%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Nine News — 1.621 million
  2. Seven News — 1.614 million
  3. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.484 million
  4. Call The Midwife (ABC1) — 1.271 million
  5. MasterChef Australia (Ten) — 1.218 million
  6. Million Dollar Minute (Seven) — 1.176 million
  7. ABC News — 1.154 million
  8. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.093 million
  9. Border Security International (Seven) — 1.087 million
  10. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.084 million

Top metro programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.229 million
  2. Nine News — 1.104 million
  3. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.083 million

Losers: The night generally, except for Million Dollar Minute and Call the Midwife.Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News  — 1.229 million
  2. Nine News  — 1.104 million
  3. Seven News / Today Tonight — 1.083 million
  4. Nine News 6.30 — 970,000
  5. A Current Affair (Nine)  —  876,000
  6. ABC News — 769,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC1) — 658,000
  8. Ten Eyewitness News — 648,000
  9. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 
  11. SBS World News — 161,000

Morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven)  —  365,000
  2. Today (Nine)  —  315,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) — 138,000
  4. News Breakfast (ABC1,  77,000 + 50,000 on News 24) — 127,000
  5. Mornings (Nine) — 92,000
  6. Studio 1o (Ten) — 57,000
  7. Wake Up (Ten) — 44,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. LifeStyle  (2.7%)
  2. TVHITS! (2.3%)
  3. Fox 8  (2.2%)
  4. Disney Jr (2.1%)
  5. UKTV (1.8%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. River Cottage Australia  (LifeStyle)  —  98,000
  2. AFL: 360 (Fox Footy) —  72,000
  3. NCIS (TVHITS!) — 59,000
  4. Restoration Man (LifeStyle) - 58,000
  5. The Simpsons (Fox 8) —  56,000

*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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    paddy
    Posted Friday, 23 May 2014 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

    I can’t believe you left out the “highlight” of last night’s viewing Glen.
    Tony Jones on Lateline, interviewing a “writer” on the important issue of Jesus, the historical figure.
    I’m never sure what to think when someone poses the question.

    What would Jesus do?

    But I suspect last night, he’d have bricked the tele.

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    Steve
    Posted Friday, 23 May 2014 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    Glen, you missed the viewing highlight of the week, Fargo on SBS. Television that moves at a pace that doesn’t assume a 30second attention span.

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