The Winners: MasterChef topped the most watched list with 1.818 million viewers from 7.30pm for an elimination. Seven News was second with 1.683 million and the 7.30pm fresh episode of Two and a Half Men was third with 1.539 million for Nine. Today Tonight was 4th with 1.508 million, Nine News was next with 1.405 million and The Big Bang Theory averaged 1.360 million at 8pm for Nine. A Current Affair was 7th with 1.311 million and the 7pm repeat of Two and a Half Men averaged 1.279 million. The Mentalist at 8.30pm averaged 1.243 million and the 7pm ABC News averaged 1.178 million. Home and Away averaged 1.039 million and Ten News popped into the top list with 1.024 million.
The Losers: People who didn’t watch Australian Story last night or the previous Monday.
News & CA: Seven News again won nationally and in every market (a novel occurrence at the moment on Monday nights for the network). Today Tonight lost Melbourne, but won everywhere else. The 7.30 Report averaged 799,000, Four Corners, 638,000, Media Watch, 597,000, Lateline, 345,000, Lateline Business, 152,000. Ten’s late News/Sports Tonight averaged 171,000. SBS News at 6.30pm, 187,000, the late edition, 168,000. 7am Today, 355,000, 7am Sunrise, 354,000, nearly as close as you can get?
FTA: Nine won with a share of 29.1%, from Seven with 26.1%, Ten on 23.0%, the ABC with 15.9% and SBS, 5.9%. Nine won all five metro markets and leads the week with a share of 29.5%, from Seven with 26.3% and Ten on 23.8%.
Main Channel: Nine won here with a share of 27.0%, from Ten with 22.0%, Seven on 21.6%, ABC 1 with 14.0% and SBS ONE with 5.4%. Nine won everywhere but Adelaide where Ten got up. Ten finished second in a couple of other markets. Nine leads the week with a share of 26.3%, from Seven on 22.8% and Ten on 21.4%.
Digital: 7TWO’s night with a share of 4.5%, from GO on 2.2%, ABC 2 on 1.4%, ONE, 1.0%, ABC 3, 0.5% and SBS TWO, 0.4%. That’s a total share for the six FTA digital channels of 10%. Adelaide had the top share with 14.5%, Perth and Melbourne were 10% or more, Sydney, 8.7%. 7TWO leads the week with 3.5%, from GO with 3.2% and ONE on 2.4%.
Pay TV: Nine won with a share of 24.1%, from Seven on 21.6%, Ten on 19.0%, Pay TV with 15.2%, the ABC on 13.1% and SBS with 4.9%. That’s a total share for the 11 FTA channels of 84.8%, the 100 plus channels of Pay TV shared the reported 15.2%. For the second night in a row, the six FTA digital channels had a bigger share in Adelaide than all the Pay TV channels put together.
Regional: WIN/NBN had a big win with a share of 32.0%, from Prime/7Qld with 25.5%, SC Ten on 19.8%, the ABC on 16.1% and SBS on 6.8%. WIN/NBN won the main channels with a share of 30.3%, from Prime/7Qld with 21.7%. 7TWO won the digitals with a share of 3.7%, from GO with 1.7% and ABC 2 with 1.3%. WIN/NBN lead the week with a share of 31.6%, from Prime/7Qld with 27.9%.
( All shares on the basis of combined overnight 6pm to Midnight All People)
Glenn Dyer’s comments: The second part of the Australian Story on Martina Jewell, the Australian Army officer abandoned by her country (the Rudd Government should hang its head in shame, so too its predecessor) and especially the public servants in Defence and Veterans Affairs.
Until Australian Story got involved, nothing was done. The story reminded viewers why Israel has no heart whatsoever and will do anything to further its aims, as we learned overnight with the act of piracy on the Gaza relief flotilla. But more power to Australian Story for telling a difficult story very, very well. It, along with the ABC’s Foreign Correspondent (tonight, 8pm), are by far the best current affairs programs on Australian TV. Four Corners last night though wasn’t bad with the story on the underside of South Africa.
Q&A at 9.30pm on the ABC, 529,000. Should have jettisoned the two pollies (Corey Bernardi from the Libs and Max McKew from the ALP) and found a couple of more young people. They were cool good fun and informative.
Nine won all people, Ten won the demos with another strong performance by MasterChef and Good News Week, plus The 7pm Project, which continues to grow up for the network. It has its biggest audience so far last night, 995,000. Ten said that from 7.02pm, to 7.32pm last night, The 7PM Project was watched by 1.101 million people.
TONIGHT: Foreign Correspondent on the ABC. Top Gear on Nine at 7.30pm which is another repeat with probably the most useless road test ever done. Seven has a semi-final of Australia’s Got Talent. Ten has the night with MasterChef, Modern Family and NCIS is you like confected American military crime shows.
Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports