The Winners: MasterChef was tops (this week is the halfway mark) with 1.864 million people watching an eviction. Seven News had a high 1.704 million watching with Today Tonight 3rd with 1.681 million. Nine News was next with 1.417 million and A Current Affair was 5th with 1.404 million. Two and a Half Men averaged 1.319 million for the 7pm repeat and 1.291 million for the fresh episode at 7.30pm. Big Bang Theory on Nine at 8 pm averaged 1.271 million and The Mentalist averaged 1.260 million in winning the 8.30pm slot for Nine. Home and Away was 9th with 1.037 million and the 7pm ABC News was 10th with 1.023 million. Ten News averaged 1.020 million in a strong showing, while Good News Week averaged 1.015 million for Ten at 8.30pm.

The Losers: Nothing really, a night which served the purposes of most people watching.

News & CA: Seven News again won nationally and in every market as did Today Tonight in another strong night, compared with the performance in May. Ten’s late News averaged 186,000. Nine’s Nightline, 259,000. The 7.30 Report, 869,000. Four Corners, 772,0000 for the good report on the RSPT, which I would have thought might have attracted more viewers. Media Watch benefitted with 724,000 viewers, Q&A, 588,000 for a discussion a bit more relevant and justified the politicians being there. Lateline, 298,000, Lateline Business, 147,000. SBS News at 6.30pm, 206,000, 170,000 for the late edition. 7am Sunrise, 363,000, 7am Today, 306,000.

The Stats:

FTA: Nine won with a share of 27.9%, from Seven with 27.1%, Ten on 23.2%, the ABC, 15.6% and SBS, 6.2%. Nine won Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Seven won Adelaide and Perth. Nine leads the week with a share of 29.1% from Seven with 27.7%. Nine won All People, Ten won the major demos, again.

Main Channel: Nine won with a share of 25.6% from Seven with 22.9%, Ten on 22.0%, ABC 1, 13/8%, SBS ONE, 5.8%. Nine won everywhere bar Adelaide which Seven won. This was a better performance by Nine than on Sunday night when it had Underbelly in its schedule. It confirms that viewers outside Sydney and Melbourne don’t much like Underbelly anymore. Nine leads the week with 25.7% from Seven on 24.6% and Ten on 21.7%.

Digital: 7TWO won with a share of 4.2%, from GO on 2.3%, ABC 2 on 1.4%, ONE on 1.2%, ABC 3 on 0.4% and SBS TWO on 0.3%. The six FTA digital channels had a total share of 9.8%, with peaks of 15.5% in Adelaide and 12% in Perth. GO leads the week with 3.5% from 7TWO with 3.1%. The six FTA digital channels in Adelaide again had a bigger total share than Pay TV’s 100 plus did with 9.4%. That’s due to the lower penetration of Pay in Adelaide because of under spending on expansion over the years and the rising penetration of digital TVs and PVRs in free to air homes.

Pay TV: Nine won with a share of 23.2%, from Seven on 22.5%, Ten on 19.3%, Pay TV on 14.4%, the ABC, 13.0% and SBS, 5.1%. The 11 FTA channels had a total share of 85.2%, Pay TV’s 100 plus channels shared the reported 14.8% share.

Regional: WIN/NBN won here with a share of 29.6%, from Prime/7Qld with 25.6%, SC Ten with 20.7%, the ABC, 17.5% and SBS, 6.6%. WIN/NBN won the main channels with a share of 27.3% from Prime/7Qld with 22%. 7TWO won the digitals with a share of 3.6%, from GO on 2.3% and ABS 2 with 1.3%. WIN/NBN lead the week with 30.2%, from Prime/7Qld with 27.2%.

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

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Almost a repeat of Sunday night, with Seven’s digital channel last night boosting its overall performance. But not enough to go past Nine in All People. MasterChef did the job for Ten again. Four Corners did everyone a service in looking at the resources tax. More of those reports please.

TONIGHT: Foreign Correspondent with a story at 8pm on the ABC that the commercial channels would have been after had the likes of Sunday Night or 60 Minutes the travel budget or patience: Japanese whale meat rorting. Seven has the first half of its Grand Final for Australia’s Got Talent. Ten has MasterChef, NCIS and Modern Family. SBS has Insight. Nine has Top Gear.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

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