The Winners:

  1. MasterChef — 2.091 million (Ten) — a season high, so far
  2. Seven News –1.702 million (Seven)
  3. Today Tonight — 1.608 million (Seven)
  4. Nine News — 1.369 million (Nine)
  5. A Current Affair — 1.269 million (Nine)
  6. Home and Away — 1.108 million (Seven)
  7. ABC News — 1.107 million (ABC)
  8. Rescue Special Ops — 1.081 million (Nine)
  9. Two and a Half Men — 1.081 million (7.30pm) (Nine)
  10. Two and a Half Men — 1.056 million (7pm) (Nine)
  11. Good News Week — 1.037 million (Ten)
  12. The 7pm Project — 1.024 million (Ten)

The Losers: Desperate Housewives on Seven at 8.30pm. 874,000 (and with a lot of those viewers women), is not enough. Its season ends next Monday with a two hour episode. It might also be the last time in this slot.

News & CA: Seven News again won nationally and in every market, as did Today Tonight:

  1. Seven News –1,702,000
  2. Today Tonight — 1,608,000
  3. Nine News — 1,369,000
  4. ABC News — 1,107,000
  5. Ten News — 947,000
  6. Four Corners — 831,000
  7. The 7.30 Report — 789,000
  8. Media Watch — 716,000
  9. Q&A — 661,000
  10. Lateline — 339,000
  11. SBS News (6.30pm) — 212,000
  12. Ten late News/Sports Tonight — 176,000
  13. Lateline Business — 164,000.
  14. SBS News (9.30pm) — 113,000

In the morning:

  1. Sunrise — 368,000
  2. Today — 257,000

The Stats:

  • FTA: Nine won with a share of 26.6%, from Seven with 25.6%, Ten on 25.1%, the ABC, 16.6% and SBS on 6.1%. Seven leads the week with 27.8%, from Nine with 27.3% and Ten with 24.2%. Ten won the demos and had more viewers than either Nine or Seven from 6pm to 10.30pm, thanks to MasterChef
  • Main Channel: Ten won with a share of 24.2%, from Nine on 23.6%, Seven with 21.9%, ABC 1 with 14.6% and SBS ONE on 5.9%. Nine leads the week with 23.2%, from Seven with 23.1% and Ten on 22.9%.
  • Digital: 7TWO won with a share of 3.7%, from GO on 3.0%, ABC 2, 1.5%, ONE on 0.9%, ABC 3, 0.5% and SBS TWO, 0.2%. The six FTA channels had a total share of 9.8%. 7TWO leads the week with 4.7% from GO on 4.2%.
  • Pay TV: Nine won with a share of 22.0%, from Seven with 21.3%, Ten on 20.8%, Pay TV, 14.7%, the ABC, 13.8%, SBS, 5.0%. The 11 FTA channels had a total share of 85.3%, Pay TV’s 100 plus channels shared the 14.7% reported.
  • Regional: Another solid win for WIN/NBN with 31.3%, from Prime/7Qld with 24.1%, SC Ten on 22.0%, the ABC on 16.6% and SBS, 5.9%. WIN/NBN won the main channels with 28.4% from SC Ten on 21.1% and Prime/7Qld on 20.9%. 7TWO won the digitals with 3.2%, from GO on 2.9% and ABC 2, 1.3%. WIN/NBN lead the week on 31.5% from Prime/7Qld with 25.8%

Major Markets:

  • Sydney: Nine won overall from Ten and Seven. Nine won the main channels from Ten and Seven and 7TWO won the digitals from GO and ABC 2. Nine leads the week from Seven.
  • Melbourne: The same order here for the overall. But in the main channels, Ten won from Nine and Seven. The digitals were also the same as Sydney with 7TWO winning. Seven leads the week from Nine.
  • Brisbane: Nine won from Seven and Ten, Ten won the main channels from Nine and Seven. GO won the digitals from 7TWO, with One and ABC 2 third. Nine leads the week from Seven.
  • Adelaide: It was Nine, from Ten and then Seven overall, Ten, Nine and Seven in the main channels and 7TWO, from GO and ABC 2 in the digitals. Nine the week leads from Seven.
  • Perth: Seven won, from Nine and Ten overall. Seven won the main channels from Ten and Nine. 7TWO won the digitals from GO and ABC2. Seven leads the week from Nine.

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

Glenn Dyer’s comments: MasterChef‘s macaroon tree was silly. The polyurethane “tree” was tough to eat (it went well with soy and chilli). The whole thing was not a true test of anything, merely an attempt to recreate last year’s buzz about the croquembouche. It was culinary blood sport and more than 2 million people loved it. That’s TV.

TONIGHT: Packed to the Rafters on Seven at 8.30pm, Foreign Correspondent on the ABC. Greatest Cities of the World on the ABC looks at Roma … ahhhh. Ten has MasterChef and then Modern Family (hard to beat). SBS has the Tour De France at 10pm (and highlights from yesterday’s stage and the big prang at 6pm). World Cup Soccer semi final at 4.30am tomorrow.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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