The Winners: The half hour MasterChef averaged 1.619 million for Ten at 7.30pm and Seven News averaged 1.552 million for second place. Today Tonight was next with 1.526 million and Ten’s NCIS at 8.30pm averaged 1.509 million. Seven’s 7.30pm program, Australia’s Got Talent, averaged 1.461 million, and 6th was Ten’s Bondi Rescue at 8pm with 1.326 million people. Nine News was 7th with 1.320 million and Top Gear was next at 7.30pm for Nine with 1.233 million. A Current Affair was 9th with 1.182 million and next was Home and Away on Seven just after 7pm with 1.114 million. Nine’s 7pm repeat of Two and a Half Men averaged 1.062 million and the 7pm ABC News was 12th with 1.038 million.

The Losers: It was Nine’s turn to be underwhelming. Top Gear was OK, MasterChef better, Australia’s Got Talent on Seven was theatrical and contrived. But that is as good as it got for Nine. Even the News and A Current Affair faded from Monday night’s strong showing. Grey’s Anatomy on Seven at 9pm, 878,000. OK, but not brilliant.

News & CA: Seven News again won nationally and in every market as did Today Tonight. Both were far stronger in Sydney and Melbourne in particular. The 7.30 Report averaged 727,000, Foreign Correspondent at 8pm, 641,000 and Lateline, 208,000. Lateline Business, 117,000. Nine’s Nightline, 133,000. Ten News, 949,000, the late News/Sports Tonight, 387,000. SBS News at 6.30pm, 209,000, Insight at 7.30pm on the NRL salary cap, 147,000. The late SBS news, 205,000. 7am Sunrise back in front with 370,000, Today on 347,000.

The Stats:

FTA: Seven won all five metro markets and had a national share of 30.2%, from Ten with 26.1%, Nine third with 24.8%, the ABC on 14.2% and SBS, 4.7%. Nine still leads the week, 30.6% from Seven with 28.3%.

Main Channel: Seven won four of the five markets (Ten won Brisbane), and finished with a national share of 28.0%, from Ten with 25.6%, Nine, 22.8%, ABC 1, 12.5% and SBS ONE, 4.3%. Nine leads the week, 27.7% from Seven on 25.5%.

Digital: 7TWO won with 2.1%, from GO with 2.0%, ABC 2, 1.4% and ONE, ABC3 and SBS Two with 0.4% each. the six FTA digital channels had a total share of 6.7%, GO leads the week on 2.9% from 7TWO with 2.8%.

Pay TV: Seven won with a share of 25.4%, from Ten on 21.9%, Nine, 20.9%, Pay TV, 13.8%, the ABC, 12.0% and SBS, 4.0%. The 11 FTA channels had a total share of 86.2%, Pay TV’s more than 100 channels shares the 13.8%.

Regional: Prime/7Qld won with a share of 29.9% from SC Ten with 25.8%, WIN/NBN with 23.8%, the ABC on 15.1% and SBS on 5.9%. Prime/7Qld won the main channels with 28.9% from SC Ten, 24.9% and WIN/NBN with 22.2%. ABC 2 won the digital battle with 1.7% from GO with 1.6% and 7TWO on 1.0%. WIN/NBN lead the week with a share of 30.0% to 27.7 for Prime/7Qld.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Ten’s night, even though Seven won All People. Ten again squeezed Nine and Seven with MasterChef and Bondi Rescue, which had its best figures of the year (it helps to run after a mega hit like MasterChef). And it helps to be a lead in that people tune in early to watch: ten won all the major demos.

That was the case with The 7pm  Project which had its best audience for the year and since starting with 986,000 and beat Home and Away on Seven and the repeat of Two and a Half Men on Nine in all the key demos, 16 to 39, 18 to 49 and 25 to 54.

Nine looked off the pace last night, compared to Monday night while Seven can be pleased that they didn’t have another poor night like Monday.

Foreign Correspondent on the ABC at 8pm was again solid and continues to show up Four Corners.

TONIGHT: Spicks and Specks on the ABC at 8.30pm, MasterChef an hour earlier at 7.30pm on Ten. Hey Hey on Nine. Seven has The Pacific. SBS has yet another repeat of Inspector Rex, who’s great.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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