Seven had no chance of coming in first last night, with technical difficulties during the evening news, and no House Rules.
Nine night in metro markets by a clear margin as Seven’s 6pm News, especially in Melbourne, had a rotten night (a near catastrophe in Melbourne, thanks to technical problems at the start). In regional markets a much closer night, with Seven and Nine sharing the victory on lowish figures.
Seven’s 6pm News in Melbourne saw its audience more than halve last night to just 141,000 (the lowest audience for Seven News in Melbourne since Oztam started more than a decade ago). Those technical problems pushed viewers over to Nine News when it became clear Seven would not be able to broadcast the news as quickly as viewers wanted. Nine News’ audience soared to a massive 517,000 — the winning margin for Nine was a huge 376,000. (It can happen to anyone, so there was no gloating from the opposition this morning). In Sydney no techie problems and the winning margin blew back out to 101,000 in favour of Nine, while in Brisbane it was 40,000 in favour of Nine. Overall, Seven’s 6pm News failed to crack the million viewer mark in metro markets last night — the first time that has happened for quite a while.
So weak was Seven’s performance that Ten’s MasterChef Australia had more metro and national viewers, which is understandable. The 7pm ABC News also had a weak night and in metro markets had fewer viewers (726,000) than 7.30 (749,000) which is extremely rare. Nationally, the News had 2,000 more viewers than 7.30 did, which is also an unusually small margin
MasterChef Australia stood out with fresh content last night and reaped the rewards with its best night so far with 1.518 million metro/ 1.086 million metro/ 327,000 regional viewers.
Network channel share:
Network main channels:
SBS ONE (3.6%)
Top 5 digital channels:
Top national programs:
Nine News — 1.720 million
MasterChef Australia (Ten) — 1.518 million
Seven News - 1.376 million
Home and Away (Seven) — 1.376 million
The Big Bang Theory repeat episode 2 (Nine) — 1.143 million
The Footy Show (Nine) — 1.141 million
The Checkout (ABC1) — 1.117 million
ABC News — 1.089 million
7.30 (ABC1), Nine News 6.30 — 1.087 million
A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.071 million
Top metro programs:
Nine News — 1.272 million
Nine News 6.30 — 1.086 million
MasterChef Australia (Ten) — 1.086 million
Losers: Viewers of the Seven Network. Just forgettable.Metro news and current affairs: