The Winners: MasterChef was tops with 1.695 million, followed by Seven News with 1.469 million and Today Tonight with 1.418 million. Nine News was 4th with 1.282 million and A Current Affair averaged 1.268 million. Spicks and Specks averaged 1.164 million and 6th at 8.30pm on the ABC. The 7pm repeat of Two and a Half Men averaged 1.125 million, while the two hours of Hey Hey it’s Saturday averaged 1.101 million people from 7.30pm for Nine. Home and Away was 9th for Seven at 7pm with 1.089 million and Ten’s Lie To Me averaged 1.040 million at 8.30pm.

The Losers: Nothing really, but Seven’s The Pacific can’t end too quickly enough. Ten’s Law and Order CI at 9.30pm, 733,000. The whole franchise is fading.

News & CA: Seven News won nationally and in every market but Today Tonight lost Melbourne to ACA and won the rest. Nice to see a Nine reporter in Bangkok last night and not Brisbane. The 7pm ABC News, 966,000, The 7.30 Report, 785,000, Lateline, 306,000, Lateline Business, 179,000. Ten News, 958,000. The late News/Sports Tonight, 332,000. SBS News at 6.30pm, 195,000, 183,000 for the late edition. Nightline on Nine, 152,000. 7am Sunrise, 383,000, 7am Today, 307,000.

The Stats:

FTA: Nine with a share of 28.2%, from Seven with 27.2%, Ten on 24.4%, the ABC, 15.8% and SBS, 4.4%. Nine won Sydney and Melbourne, Seven won the rest and Ten finished second in Adelaide and Perth ahead of Nine. Nine leads the week, 28.0% from Seven with 27.5%.

Main Channel: Nine won here as well with a share of 25.7%, from Seven with 24.8%, Ten with 23.4%, ABC 1 with 13.5% and SBS ONE with 4.0%. Nine won Sydney and Melbourne, where Ten was second (and second in Adelaide and Perth). Seven won Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. Nine leads the week, 25.0% from Seven with 24.8%.

Digital: GO won with 2.5% share, from 7TWO with 2.4%, ABC 2, 1.9%, ONE on 1.0%, and ABC 3 and SBS TWO on 0.4% each. That’s a total share of 8.6% for the six digital channels. The peak share was 12.5% in Adelaide, which seems to be the market where digital FTA viewing is taking the highest share. GO leads the week on 2.9% from 7TWO with 2.7% and ONE with 1.8%.

Pay TV: Nine had a share of 23.4%, from Seven with 22.5%, Ten was on 20.2%, Pay TV, 14.4%, the ABC, 13.1% and SBS, 3.7%. The 11 FTA channels had a total share of 85.6%, Pay TV’s 100 plus channels shared the reported 14.4%.

Regional: Hey Hey it’s Saturday couldn’t do it for WIN/NBN and Prime/7Qld got up with a share of 28.6%, from WIN/NBN with 27.8%, SC Ten with 23.0%, the ABC, 15.5% and SBS, 5.1%. The main channels were won by Prime/7Qld with 26.8%, from WIN/NBN with 25.6%. ABC 2 won the digitals with 2.3%, from GO on 2.1% and 7TWO with 1.8%. WIN/NMBN lead the week with a share of 28.8%, from Prime/7Qld with 27.8%.

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

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Nine snuck home last night, while MasterChef was the lone win for Ten last night, unlike the night before when it had the top three programs. Seven would have fancied its chances of at least taking All People last night, but the dying ratings for The Pacific cruelled that hope.

That Seven doubled episodes of The Pacific from 8.30pm for a second week, with lower ratings, which tells us that the network has realised its boring for most viewers and the easiest thing to do is to show it as quickly as possible and write off the cost against whatever ad revenues can be generated. Episode 1 averaged 983,000 and the second, 810,000. Not good enough.

Hey Hey it’s Saturday was kept alive by its 469,000 viewers in Melbourne, the second highest audience in that market. That again hid the fact that it has died in Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth. That was 10th in the market, 13th in Brisbane and way down in Adelaide and Perth. Nine could run it in Melbourne on Friday nights when Seven has the AFL. Nine got home in All People simply because of Hey Hey in Melbourne. Seven and Ten were stronger in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth because Hey Hey was on Nine.

TONIGHT: Seven’s black hole. The Matty Johns Show in Sydney and Brisbane at 7.30pm is its strongest performer in this key slot. Having The Amazing Race later in the night isn’t helping at the moment. SBS has the Italian Food Safari and Costa’s Garden Odyssey. Nine has Getaway and Sea Patrol, Ten has MasterChef. The ABC has the documentary on the Rolling Stones album Exile on Main Street at 8.30pm for all us boomers to groove to while we go back in time and in mind. Program of the night has to be Glee on Ten at 8pm.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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