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Glenn Dyer’s TV Ratings: ABC programming the clear standout

Slim pickings for viewers last night, particularly on commercial networks.

Apart from The Checkout, Call The Midwife and MasterChef Australia (both regular and masterclass) it was a night to forget last night. These four programs were the standouts, the rest were a collection of repeats and not so interesting. The fact that the five most watched programs in metro markets last night were news and current affairs programs on Nine and Seven last night tells us how dull the rest of the night’s programming was, so far as the audience is concerned.

MasterChef’s competition episode finished fourth nationally with 1.284 million national/ 931,000 metro/ 353,000 regional viewers and the masterclass episode had 934,000 national/ 688,000 metro/ 246,000 regional viewers. The Checkout had 1.159 million national/ 788,000 metro/ 371,000 regional viewers and Call The Midwife had 1.225 million/ 838,000 metro/ 387,000 regional viewers.

It was Nine’s night in the metros, Seven was second and Ten third, with the ABC in a close finish, fourth. But in the regions, Seven got home from Nine (both overall and in the main channels). Ten was third overall, but ABC1 had more viewers than Ten’s main channel. So once again there’s a clear split between metro and regional markets. But in the metro Seven was particularly weak in the key 25-to-54, 18-to-49 and 16-to-39 demos. At 6pm Nine News had another big win in Sydney (108,000), Melbourne (121,000) and a smaller one in Brisbane (18,000), over Seven’s News. In the morning Ten’s Studio 10 attracted just 38,000 viewers. Still nowhere near enough.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (28.8%)
  2. Seven (25.8%)
  3. Ten (21.5%)
  4. ABC (18.8%)
  5. SBS (5.2%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (21.1%)
  2. Seven (18.5%)
  3. Ten (13.9%)
  4. ABC1  (13.8%)
  5. SBS ONE (4.2%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. GO (5.3%)
  2. Eleven (4.4%)
  3. 7TWO (3.8%)
  4. 7mate (3.5%)
  5. ONE (3.1%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Nine News  — 1.758 million
  2. Seven News  — 1.482 million
  3. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.284 million
  4. Masterchef Australia (Ten)  —  1.284 million
  5. The Big Bang Theory repeat episode 2 (Nine) — 1.254 million
  6. Call The Midwife (ABC1) — 1.225 million
  7. ABC News — 1.213 million
  8. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.200 million
  9. The Big Bang Theory repeat episode 1 (Nine) — 1.188 million
  10. Nine News 6.30 — 1.173 million

Top metro programs:

  1. Nine News — 1.233 million
  2. Nine News 6.30  — 1.173 million
  3. Seven News — 1.115 million
  4. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.023 million
  5. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 1.001 million

Losers: TV viewers generally if you didn’t like the four live ones last night (The Checkout, Call The Midwife and the two Masterchef eps).Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News  — 1.233 million
  2. Nine News 6.30  — 1.173 million
  3. Seven News  — 1.115 million
  4. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.023 million
  5. Seven News/ Today Tonight  — 1.001 million
  6. ABC News — 844,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC1) — 740,000
  8. Ten Eyewitness News   —  648,000
  9. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 612,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 417,000

Morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven)  —  331,000
  2. Today (Nine)  —  303,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) — 163,000
  4. News Breakfast (ABC1,  66,000 + 50,000 on News 24) — 116,000
  5. Mornings (Nine) — 108,000
  6. Studio 1o (Ten) — 38,000

Top pay TV channels:

  1. LifeStyle , Fox 8 (2.6%)(3.0%)
  2. TV1HITS! (2.3%)
  3. UKTV (1.7%)
  4. Fox Sports 3 (1.6%)
  5. A&E (1.5%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. River Cottage Australia (LifeStyle)  —  129,000
  2. AFL: 360 (Fox Footy) —  82,000
  3. Family Guy (Fox 8) —  77,000
  4. Family Guy (Fox 8) —  73,000
  5. Sterlo (Fox Sports 1), Futurama (Fox 8) —  67,000

*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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    The Pav
    Posted Friday, 6 June 2014 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    Guy,

    You forgot to mention the only other TV worth watching last night

    The World Cup….Kookaburras & Hockeyroos on ABC 2.

    The national broadcaster doing what it should. Meeting the national interest that souless and unimaginative commercial stations won’t

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