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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: nothing but MasterChef

Well, what can top 7-1 to Germany in the World Cup semi-final belting of Brazil this morning? NSW beating Queensland 50 -7 in tonight’s third and final State of Origin on Nine. Not on, but it’s not often sport makes history in a conventional sense.  Given the importance of soccer to Brazil’s national psyche and politics, the thrashing could change the country in a dramatic fashion, especially as there was considerable opposition to the Cup before it started. And what of the Olympics in 2016, with its costs? An opportunity for Seven News to star?

And why all this stuff about sport and events to come? Well, did you watch TV last night? Very, very little memorable stuff. Tuesday nights without House Rules, or The Voice are something of a graveyard. MasterChef is also an honourable exception with 1.390 million national viewers/1.06 million metro/384,000 regional viewers) Nine won the metros in all five markets and had a bigger All People share in the regions, but Seven’s main channel won by 0.2%, so a sort of draw. Seven’s Winners & Losers toiled manfully away with 1.338 million national/ 876,000 metro/ 471,000 regional viewers. Hamish and Andy’s South American Gap Year is a mouthful to say and  a bit of a big ask to watch seeing it’s more of the same. But it did the job for Nine with 1.436 million national/ 968,000 metro/468,000 regional viewers. Nine News did well at 6pm in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, but Today (259,000 metro viewers) ran a distant second to Seven’s Sunrise with 336,000.

A less than mainstream exception last night was the final of Bogan Hunters on 7mate last night (another special from the great Paul Fenech and it averaged a solid 476,000 national viewers). A couple of Taswegians tied for the top spot (no jokes about two heads, please, they were on separate bodies). Be scared, there is a final episode of Bogan Hunters on 7mate next week — it’s the celebrity makeover episode of the winners from last night’s final. The Block meets House Rules meets The Bachelor?

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (30.6%)
  2. Seven (27.4%)
  3. Ten (20.1%)
  4. ABC (14.3%)
  5. SBS (7.7%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (30.5%)
  2. Seven (18.0%)
  3. Ten (13.8%)
  4. ABC1  (9.4%)
  5. SBS ONE (6.9%)

Top digital channels: 

  1. Gem (5.7%)
  2. 7mate (5.0%)
  3. GO, 7TWO (4.4%)
  4. Eleven, ABC 2 (2.8%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Nine News  — 1.707 million
  2. Seven News  — 1.569 million
  3. Hamish and Andy’s South American Gap Year (Nine) — 1.436 million
  4. Home and Away (Seven)  —  1.402 million
  5. MasterChef Australia (Ten) — 1.390 million
  6. Winners & Losers (Seven) — 1.338 million
  7. Highway Patrol (Seven) — 1.231 million
  8. ABC News — 1.218 million
  9. The Big Bang Theory repeat (Nine) — 1.177 million
  10. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.152 million

Top metro programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.186 million
  2. Nine News — 1.172 million
  3. Nine News 6.30 — 1.122 million
  4. Seven News / Today Tonight  — 1.019 million
  5. Masterchef Australia (Ten) — 1.007 million

Losers: A flat night, except for MasterChef Australia and the outbreak of boganism on 7mate.Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News  — 1.186 million
  2. Nine News  — 1.172 million
  3. Nine News 6.30  — 1.122 million
  4. Seven News/ Today Tonight  — 1.019 million
  5. A Current Affair (Nine)  —  964,000
  6. ABC News   —  869,000
  7. Ten Eyewitness News — 674,000
  8. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 665,000
  9. 7.30 (ABC1) — 657,000
  10. Foreign Correspondent (ABC1) — 507,000

Morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven)  —  336,000
  2. Today (Nine)  —  259,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) — 157,000
  4. News Breakfast (ABC1,  72,000 + 36,000 on News24) — 108,000
  5. Mornings (Nine) — 98,000
  6. Studio 1o (Ten) — 71,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox 8  (3.3%)
  2. LifeStyle (2.2%)
  3. TVHITS!  (2.0%)
  4. Fox Classics (1.8%)
  5. Disney Channel, Cartoon Net (1.7%)

Top pay TV programs:

  1. AFL: 360  (Fox Footy)  —  111,000
  2. Wentworth (SoHo) — 79,000
  3. Location Location Location (LifeStyle) — 73,000
  4. Family Guy (Fox 8) — 70,000
  5. The Heat (Foxtel Movies) , Back Page (Fox Sports 1)  —  63,000

*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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