The Winners: The ABC programs, Spicks and Specks and The Gruen Transfer, are just too dominant. They topped the demographics, especially the younger ones, stealing hundreds of thousands of viewers from the three commercial networks.

  1. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.507 million
  2. The Gruen Transfer (ABC) (9pm) — 1.482 million
  3. Seven News (6pm) — 1.408 million
  4. Spicks and Specks (ABC) (8.30pm) — 1.361 million
  5. Nine News (6pm) — 1.328 million
  6. ABC News (7pm) — 1.256 million
  7. The Farmer Wants a Wife (Nine) (8.30pm) — 1.221 million
  8. Two and a Half Men (Nine) (7.30pm) — 1.177 million
  9. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 1.154 million
  10. Hot Property (Nine) (8pm) — 1.104 million
  11. The 7.30 Report (ABC) (7.30pm) — 1.069 million
  12. Home and Away (Seven) (7pm) — 1.047 million
  13. Four Weddings (Seven) (7.30pm) (debut) — 1.012 million
  14. Two and a Half Men (Nine) (7pm) (repeat) — 1 million

The Losers: Ten, of course. Junior MasterChef can’t come quickly enough. Last night was simply diabolical, from go to whoa.

News & CA: Seven’s Sunrise‘s slow extension of its small lead into a solid lead over Nine’s Today suddenly became huge yesterday. Just why, no one knows, but Sunrise has been over 400,000 viewers now for the best part of the last two weeks. It has moved back past Today in Melbourne (which had overtaken Sunrise last year in that market).

Sunrise averaged 429,000 yesterday morning, Today, which had been above 300,000, fell to 285,000, a margin of 144,000, or 50%, for Sunrise. Nine is giving away cash for Today viewers, and it’s having no impact. Sunrise‘s margin was the biggest since November 2008.

  1. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.507 million
  2. Seven News (6pm) — 1.408 million
  3. Nine News (6pm) — 1.328 million
  4. ABC News (7pm) — 1.256 million
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 1.154 million
  6. The 7.30 Report (ABC) (7.30pm) — 1.069 million
  7. The 7pm Project (Ten) (7pm) — 843,000
  8. Ten News (5pm) — 824,000
  9. Late News/Sports Tonight (Ten) (10.30pm) — 328,000
  10. Lateline (ABC) (10.30pm) — 267,000
  11. SBS News (6.30pm) — 184,000
  12. Lateline Business (ABC) (11.05pm) — 113,000
  13. SBS News (9.30pm) — 112,000

In the morning:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) (7am) — 429,000
  2. Today (Nine) (7am) — 285,000

The Stats:

  • FTA: Nine won with a share of 30.2% from Seven on 26.3%, the ABC with 22.1%, Ten on 17.1% and SBS on 4.3%. Seven still leads the week with 28.3% from Nine on 28.2%, the ABC on 19.4% and Ten on 19.3%.
  • Main Channel: Nine won here with a share of 26.6%, from Seven with 22.9%, ABC 1 on 19.2%, Ten with 16.4% and SBS ONE on 3.7%. Seven leads the week with 25.2%, from Nine with 23.8% and Ten on 18.3%, with the ABC back on 16.9%.
  • Digital: GO won with a share of 3.5%, from 7TWO on 3.4%, ABC 2, 1.9%, ONE on 0.7%, SBS TWO on 0.6% and News 24 and ABC 3 on 0.5% each., That’s a total share of 11.1% for the seven FTA channels. Adelaide with 13.5% was the peak market, followed by Perth with 13.1%.
  • Pay TV: Nine won with a share of 25.1%, from Seven on 21.9%, the ABC with 18.4%, Ten and Pay TV (with its 100 plus channels) tied on 14.2% each and SBS with 3.6%. That’s a total share for the 12 FTA channels of 85.8%, made up of 9.2% for the seven digital channels and 76.6% for the five main channels.
  • Regional: WIN/NBN won big with a share of 35.0% from Prime/7Qld with 23.0%, the ABC was third with 18.2%, SC Ten was next with 16.3% and SBS was on 4.8%. WIN/NBN easily won the main channel, from Prime/7Qld. GO won the digitals with 4.4%, from 7TWO on 2.4% and ABC 2 with 1.9%. WIN/NBN lead the week with 30.2% from Prime/7Qld on 26.5%.

Major Markets: Nine won from Seven and the ABC in every market in the overall and the main channels. GO won the digitals from 7TWO and ABC 2 in every market but Melbourne where GO and 7TWO shared the night. Seven leads from Nine and the ABC in Sydney, Seven leads from Nine and Ten in Adelaide and Brisbane. In Melbourne and Brisbane it’s Nine from Seven and Ten.

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

Glenn Dyer’s comments: The week’s highlight? Kamahl on Spicks and Specks and then The Gruen Transfer and the discussion on the marketing of Christianity. Both for adults, both well done. Seven was weak from 7.30pm onwards. That, plus the strength of the ABC, saw Nine win. Ten just wasn’t in the hunt. It’s highest rating program was The 7pm Project with 843,000.

TONIGHT: Seven attempts a national footy show, again, with a mix of AFL and NRL. The Matty Johns Show covers the NRL on Brisbane and Sydney from 7.30pm to 8pm. And Seven has upped Game Day (the pre match show seen in southern states on game days) to 7.30pm in those same southern markets for the rest of the finals. It should have really started last week, but Seven had The X Factor. Nine has Getaway and Cops L.A.C. Ten has The 7pm Project and Rush.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports