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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: ABC snags viewers with a solid Thursday night

Quality programming triumphs again, as Nine rests on its State of Origin laurels.

After the excitement of the State of Origin and the World Cup game involving Australia and the Netherlands, TV viewing returned to its normal Thursday night offering of blah,  except for The Checkout and Carlotta on ABC1 and MasterChef on Ten. Nine had The Footy Show and Seven was, well, forgettable.

Nationally, The Checkout had 1.192 million viewers and Carlotta had 1.156 million. Masterchef had 1.409 million nationally, Home and Away, 1.374 million and The Footy Show had 1.217 million.

Nine had narrow wins in metro and regional markets. The Footy Show had its highest Sydney audience of the year last night of 269,000, which was understandable given the NSW win in the State of Origin series on Wednesday night (which the show celebrated last night). Nine News had big wins in Sydney (a massive 135,000), Melbourne (76,000) and Brisbane (36,000). But in the morning Sunrise (359,000) again streeted Today (293,000 and the fourth sub-300,000 audience in a row).

The Australia-Netherlands World Cup match had 711,000 national/ 572,000 metro/ 139,000 regional viewers, plus tens of thousands watching in clubs and pubs and other venues … from 2am. Fantastic!

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (28.5%)
  2. Seven (25.1%)
  3. ABC (20.7%)
  4. Ten (20.2%)
  5. SBS (5.5%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (20.6%)
  2. Seven (16.9%)
  3. ABC1 (15.3%)
  4. Ten (14.7%)
  5. SBS ONE (4.1%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. GO (4.9%)
  2. 7TWO (4.8%)
  3. 7mate (3.3%)
  4. ABC2 (3.2%)
  5. Gem (3.0%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Nine News   —  1.690 million
  2. Seven News — 1.471 million
  3. MasterChef Australia (Ten) — 1.409 million
  4. Home and Away Seven)  —  1.374 million
  5. ABC  News — 1.227 million
  6. The Footy Show (Nine) — 1.217 million
  7. The Checkout (ABC1) — 1.192 million
  8. Carlotta (ABC1) — 1.156 million
  9. The Big Bang Theory repeat episode 2 (Nine) — 1.134 million
  10. The Big Bang Theory repeat episode 1 (Nine) — 1.109 million

Top metro programs:

  1. Nine News — 1.173 million
  2. Seven News — 1.105 million
  3. MasterChef Australia (Ten) — 1.039 million
  4. Nine News 6.30 — 1.026 million
  5. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 1.002 million

Losers:  A weak night.Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News  — 1.173 million
  2. Seven News  — 1.105 million
  3. Nine News 6.30  — 1.026 million
  4. Seven News / Today Tonight  — 1.002 million
  5. A Current Affair (Nine)  —  891,000
  6. ABC News   —  874,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC1) — 693,000
  8. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 677,000
  9. Ten Eyewitness News — 654,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 456,000

Morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven)  —  359,000
  2. Today (Nine)  —  293,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) — 163,000
  4. Mornings (Nine) — 107,000
  5. News Breakfast (ABC1,  76,000 + 23,000 on News 24) — 99,000
  6. Studio 1o (Ten) — 74,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox 8  (2.6%)
  2. LifeStyle  (2.4%)
  3. TVHITS! (2.0%)
  4. UKTV (1.7%)
  5. A&E (1.6%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. River Cottage Australia (LifeStyle)  —  96,000
  2. Family Guy (Fox 8), AFL: 360 (Fox Footy) — 85,000
  3. Sterlo (Fox Sports 1) —  81,000
  4. Family Guy (Fox 8)  —  72,000
  5. Coronation Street (UKTV) —  59,000

*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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