The Winners: MasterChef averaged 1.510 million for Ten from 7.30pm, with Seven News second with 1.468 million and Today Tonight 3rd with 1.406 million. Nine News was next with 1.256 million and The Pacific was 5th at 8.30pm for Seven with 1.229 million. A Current Affair was next with 1.191 million and Hey Hey Its Saturday was 7th with 1.125 million. The 7pm repeat of Two and a Half Men averaged 1.112 million and Seven’s 7.30pm program The Dog Squad averaged 1.101 million. Home and Away was 10th with 1.021 million and the 7pm ABC News was 11th with 1.010 million. Crash Investigation Unit averaged 1.009 million for 12th for Seven at 8pm.

The Losers: Hey Hey its Saturday: 1.125 million. Flat and boring. Males are the big fans. Not the audience advertisers crave. Hey Hey was really on the nose in Adelaide and Perth —  90,000 viewers in each market — which put it well outside the top 10.

News & CA: Seven News again won nationally and in every market. Today Tonight won everywhere but Sydney where ACA got up. The 7.30 Report averaged 684,000 (and had an average report on Goldman Sachs when Greece was the big money story). Lateline averaged 212,000, Lateline Business, 130,000. Nine’s Nightline, 237,000. Ten News, 924,000, the late News/Sports Tonight at 11.40pm, 321,000. SBS News at 6.30pm, 186,000, 151,000 for the late edition. 7am Sunrise, 366,000, 7am Today, 290,000.

The Stats:

FTA: Seven won with a share of 28.4%, from Nine with 27.4%, Ten with 25.7%, the ABC with 14.5% and SBS with 4.0%. Nine won Sydney and Melbourne, Seven won Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. The margins were large in Adelaide and Perth where Nine finished third because Hey Hey was on the nose. Nine leads the week with a share of 29.2% from Seven with 28.8%. MasterChef helped Ten do well again in all the demos.

Main Channel: Seven won the main channels for the same reason, strong gains in Adelaide and Perth where Nine finished a weak third behind Ten. Seven had a national share of 26.1%, from Ten with 25.0% and Nine with 24.9%. ABC 1 was on 12.0% and SBS ONE, 4.2%. Seven leads the week with 26.1% from Nine with 26.0%.

Digital: GO won with 2.5%, from 7TWO with 2.3%, ABC 2 with 1.8%, ONE and ABC 3 on 0.6 each and SBS TWO with 0.4%. The six FTA digital channels had a total share of 8.2%. GO leads the week, 3.2% from 7TWO with 2.7%.

Pay TV: Seven won with a share of 23.8%, from Nine with 22.9%, Ten with 21.4%, Pay TV, 14.2%, the ABC 12.1% and SBS, 3.3%. The 11 FTA channels had a total share of 85.8%, the 100 plus channels of Pay TV shared the 14.2% reported.

Regional: Prime/7Qld won with a share of 29.8%, from WIN/NBN with 26.7%, SC Ten on 24.0%, the ABC with 14.4% and SBS, 5.0%. Prime/7Qld won the main channels with 28.2%, from WIN/NBN with 24.1% and SC Ten on 23.4%. GO won the digitals with 2.6%, from 7TWO with 1.6% and ABC 2 with 1.4%. WIN/NBN leads the week with 29.6% from Prime/7Qld with 28.6%.

(All shares on a combined overnight 6pm to midnight All People basis)

Glenn Dyer’s comments: MasterChef and The Pacific proved too much for Hey Hey last night. Hey Hey remained over a million viewers because of solid support in Melbourne where it was second overall behind MasterChef. Time has moved on and Daryl is anchored in the past.

Good news for TV comedy desperates is that the ABC is starting work on a third series of The Librarians.

TONIGHT: The black hole for Seven. Axing The Bounce in AFL markets at 7.30pm might help, but then there’s Cougar Town at 8.30pm — no it’s gone as well, along with How I Met Your Mother. Seven scrambles.

The Vicar of Dibley (a good old standby of the ABC, now Seven) fills in at 7.30pm, Criminal Minds afterwards instead of Cougar Town and How I Met Your Mother. The Matty Johns Show is in Sydney and Brisbane at 7.30pm. Nine has Sea Patrol at 8.30pm after Getaway. Ten, of course, has MasterChef and Glee returns at 8pm. SBS has Italian Food Safari, then Costa’s Garden Odyssey. The ABC has the second part of the Kokoda doco at 8.30pm. Watch that in preference to anything else.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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