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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: a disappointing night for all except Seven

Nine’s decision to premier The Hunger Games on digital channel GO rather than its main channel is another example of programming incompetence.

Seven’s night thanks to House Rules. That was in metro and regional markets (where Seven’s margin was again larger). Ten’s MasterChef again failed to reach a million metro viewers. The ABC was weak. House Rules started its next semi-final with 2.193 million national/ 1.375 million metro/ 818,000 regional viewers and dominated the night. Ten’s MasterChef had 1.212 million national/ 900,000 metro/ 312,000 regional viewers. Tonight is its chance to shine!

Nine’s  6pm news again won Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Seven News had big wins in Perth and Adelaide and the margins there were enough to push Seven in front in the metro markets. In the morning Today again failed to crack the 300,000 viewer level in the metros (295,000). That’s despite Today beating Sunrise in Sydney and Melbourne. The failure by Today and its crew to regain and hold above 300,000 people a morning in metro markets has been going on for the best part of eight months.

Oddly, Nine premiered The Hunger Games at 8.30 on GO — it averaged a very solid 609,000 national/ 406,000 metro/ 203,000 regional viewers. I wonder why it wasn’t on Nine’s main channel, where it would have done a bit better with a bigger potential audience than for GO.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (30.6%)
  2. Nine (28.3%)
  3. Ten (20.7%)
  4. ABC (16.4%)
  5. SBS (4.2%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (21.2%)
  2. Nine (16.9%)
  3. Ten (14.7%)
  4. ABC1  (11.3%)
  5. SBS ONE (3.5%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. GO (7.5%)
  2. 7TWO (5.0%)
  3. 7mate (4.3%)
  4. Gem (3.8%)
  5. Eleven (3.4%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. House Rules (Seven)  —  2.193 million
  2. Nine News — 1.677 million
  3. Seven News — 1.627 million
  4. Home and Away (Seven)  —  1.447 million
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.240 million
  6. MasterChef Australia (Ten) — 1.212 million
  7. ABC News — 1.201 million
  8. Offspring (Ten) — 1.171 million
  9. 7.30 (ABC1) — 1.134 million
  10. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 1.129 million

Top metro programs:

  1. House Rules (Seven)  —  1.375 million
  2. Seven News   — 1.249 million
  3. Nine News  - 1.129 million
  4. Seven News/ Today Tonight  — 1.129 million
  5. Nine News 6.30 — 1.075 million
  6. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.022 million

Losers: The ABC — a weak night, except for the news, 7.30 and QI. Let down by David Beckham’s trekking story  (573,000 national/ 411,000 metro/ 162,000 regional viewers) … Very “Dr Livingstone, I presume?”Metro news and current affairs:

  1.  Seven News   — 1.249 million
  2.  Nine News  - 1.129 million
  3.  Seven News/ Today Tonight  — 1.129 million
  4.  Nine News 6.30  — 1.075 million
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.022 million
  6. ABC News — 831,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC1) — 787,000
  8. Ten Eyewitness News —  635,000
  9. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 606,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 418,000

Morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven)  —  334,000
  2. Today (Nine)  —  284,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) — 148,000
  4. Mornings (Nine) — 111,000
  5. News Breakfast (ABC1 68,000 + 39,000 on News 24) — 107,000
  6. Studio 1o (Ten) — 71,000

Top pay TV channels:

  1. LifeStyle  (2.7%)
  2. Fox 8  (2.5%)
  3. TVHITS!  (2.3%)
  4. Fox Sports 2 (1.7%)
  5. Sky News, UKTV (1.6%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Inside Selling Houses Australia (FX)  —  132,000
  2. AFL: 360 (Fox Footy) —  95,000
  3. Family Guy (Fox 8) —  79,000
  4. AFL : Bounce (Fox Footy)  —  63,000
  5. NCIS (TVHITS!) —  62,000

*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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