The Winners: MasterChef‘s 60 minutes last night attracted 1.799 million people, with Seven News second with 1.419 million. Today Tonight averaged 1.379 million and The Pacific on Seven, 1.296 million at 8.30pm. 5th was Nine News with 1.255 million and 6th was the two hours of Hey Hey its Saturday on Nine from 7.30pm with 1.204 million. A Current Affair was 7th with 1.169 million. Spicks and Specks was 8th for the ABC at 8.30pm with 1.114 million and the 7pm repeat of Two and a Half Men averaged 1.074 million. Home and Away averaged 1.043 million at 7pm and the 7pm ABC News averaged 1.020 million and 11th.

The Losers: Nothing really … but it wasn’t the most enthralling of nights. Ten’s movie at 9pm, PS I love You, bombed, 630,000.

News & CA: Seven News won nationally, but lost Melbourne to Nine. Today Tonight won nationally, but lost Sydney to ACA. The 7.30 Report averaged 700,000. Lateline, 211,000, Lateline Business, 138,000. Ten News averaged 898,000, the late News/Sports Tonight, 175,000. Nine’s Nightline, 181,000. SBS News at 6.30pm, 203,000, 152,000 for the late edition. 7am Sunrise, 382,000, 7am Today, 348,000.

The Stats:

FTA: Seven finished with a share of 28,7%, from Nine with 28.2%, Ten was on 22.9%, the ABC, 15.9% and SBS, 4.3% Nine won Sydney and Melbourne, Seven won Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth. Nine leads the week, with a 30.0% share, from Seven with 28.4%.

Main Channel: Nine also won Sydney and Melbourne, but Seven won Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. Nine finished in front, just, with a share of 25.9% from Seven with 25.8%, Ten with 22.4%, ABC 1, 13.8%, SBS ONE, 3.9%. Nine leads the week with a share of 27.2%, from Seven with 25.5%.

Digital: 7TWO won with 2.9% share from GO with 2.3%, ABC 2, 1.7%, ONE, 0.5% and ABC 3 and SBS TWO on 0.4% apiece. The six FTA digital channels had a total share of 8.2%. GO and 7TWO are tied on a share for the week so far of 2.8%.

Pay TV: Seven finished with a share of 23.8%, from Nine with 23.5%, Ten with 19.1%, Pay TV with 14.5%, the ABC with 13.3% and SBS, 3.5%. That’s a total share of 85.5% for the 11 FTA channels and Pay TV’s 100 plus channels shared the 14.5% share reported.

Regional: A win to WIN/NBN with 29.9%, from Prime/7Qld with 29.1%, SC Ten on 20.1%, the ABC, 16.2% and SBS 4.7%. The main channels were won by WIN/NBN with 27.7%, Prime/7Qld was second with 27.1%. GO won the digitals with 2.2%, from Prime/7Qld 2.1% and ABC 2, 1.4%. WIN/NBN leads the week with 29.9% from prime/7Qld on 28.0%.

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

Glenn Dyer’s comments: An average night. Lots of glitz on MasterChef and The Pacific. Boring nostalgia on Hey Hey, fading glory on the ABC with Spicks and Specks, not to mention the sagging New Inventors. Hey Hey again kept Nine in the race with a big win across the two hours in Melbourne and a solid showing across the two hours in Sydney. Hey Hey was ignored outside of those two markets. In Adelaide, it’s really on the nose.

TONIGHT: Seven’s black hole, again. 7.30pm to 9.30pm in Melbourne and other AFL markets. 8.30pm onwards in northern markets. Nine has Sea Patrol, Ten has MasterChef.

To watch The Inquisition on the ABC at 8.30pm would be to see the real story about the Golden Mile at Kings Cross — not the tawdry crock of rubbish they have made in as the third Underbelly series. Ten also has Glee at 8 pm. SBS has Italian Food Safari and Costa’s Garden Odyssey from 7.30pm.

Watch The Inquisition and don’t watch any more of this series of Underbelly. And speaking of Underbelly, Nine this morning added a second episode to next Sunday night at 9.30pm. It originally had the one episode at 8.30pm and then a program called Families of Crime at 9.30pm. The second episode of Underbelly replaces it.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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