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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: a mid-tier response for a mid-tier lineup

It’s been another fun Fanta-soaked morning of celebration at Ten — MasterChef Australia and Offspring helped the network beat Nine into second (and a distant second) behind Seven last night in the metros in its strongest result for yonks. But in the regions it was more of the same  old - third behind Seven and Nine.  But for Ten, the news wasn’t good for Family Feud  — it lost viewers last night, falling 8% to 848,000 viewers. Not a good look.

Seven News copped another whacking from Nine News by a huge 136,000 in Sydney, but in the morning, Today’s brief time above 300,000 metro viewers on Tuesday vanished as the audience slipped to just 249,000. Sunrise’s audience also slid to 319,000 metro viewers. Seven won the night overall in All people because its second-tier programs (Highway Patrol, Criminal Minds etc) were solid.

And heard around the traps: Is Seven is looking for a new, low cost game show to replace the killed off Deal or No Deal? Independent producers have been approached. Wheel of Fortune, anyone? Sale of the Century, Jeopardy? Seven seems to want to keep its own format, Million Dollar Minute at 5.30 pm, which is a good idea but boringly hosted. There’s also talk Seven is planning a return to the TV screen for Kerri-Anne Kennerley!

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (30.1%)
  2. Ten (24.0%)
  3. Nine (23.6%)
  4. ABC (15.9%)
  5. SBS (6.3%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (20.3%)
  2. Ten (18.8%)
  3. Nine (16.2%)
  4. ABC1 (10.9%)
  5. SBS ONE (5.8%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO (5.3%)
  2. 7mate (4.5%)
  3. GO (4.3%)
  4. Eleven (3.5%)
  5. ABC2 (3.3%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Nine News  — 1.727 million
  2. MasterChef Australia (Ten) — 1.659 million
  3. Seven News  — 1.497 million
  4. The Force (Seven)  — 1.428 million
  5. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.411 million
  6. Highway Patrol (Seven) — 1.353 million
  7. Offspring (Ten) — 1.313 million
  8. Criminal Minds (Seven) — 1.167 million
  9. ABC News  —  1.163 million
  10. The Big Bang Theory repeat (Nine) — 1.150 million

Top metro programs:

  1. Nine News — 1.250 million
  2. MasterChef Australia (Ten) — 1.215 million
  3. Nine News 6.30 — 1.139 million
  4. Seven News — 1.135 million
  5. Seven News/ Today Tonight  — 1.125 million

Losers: A weak night all round, although Ten deserves a special mention for continuing the Family Feud ratings charade.Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News  — 1.250 million
  2. Nine News 6.30  — 1.139 million
  3. Seven News  — 1.135 million
  4. Seven News /Today Tonight  — 1.125 million
  5. A Current Affair (Nine)  —  970,000
  6. ABC News  —  820,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC1) — 693,000
  8. Ten Eyewitness News — 687,000
  9. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 682,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten)  — 449,000

Morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven)  —  319,000
  2. Today (Nine)  —  249,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) — 200,000
  4. News Breakfast (ABC1,  89,000 + 48,000 on News 24) — 137,000
  5. Mornings (Nine) — 104,000
  6. Studio 1o (Ten) — 68,000

Top pay TV channels:

  1. Fox 8  (3.6%)
  2. TVHITS!  (2.3%)
  3. LifeStyle  (1.9%)
  4. Sky News (1.8%)
  5. UKTV, A&E (1.7%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. The Recruit (Fox 8)  —  119,000
  2. Family Guy (Fox 8) —  88,000
  3. AFL: 360 (Fox Footy) —  75,000
  4. Two and A Half Men (Fox 8)  —  72,000
  5. AFL: Bounce (Fox Footy) —  71,000

*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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