The Winners: A win for Seven, fairly easily. Ten’s Commonwealth Games coverage again let it down, 680,000 in total for the main channel and ONE (498,000 for Ten, 182,000 for ONE).

  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.401 million
  2. The Force (Seven) (8pm) — 1.357 million
  3. Border Security (Seven) (7.30pm) — 1.330 million
  4. Today Tonight (Seven, 6.30 – 7 pm) — 1.306 million
  5. The Block (Nine) (7.30pm) — 1.162 million
  6. Nine News (6pm) — 1.121 million
  7. ABC News (7pm) — 1.056 million

The Losers: Not a very inspiring night last night. Seven’s City Homicide at 8.30pm, 832,000, beaten by RPA on Nine with 932,000. City Homicide should have really done better.

News & CA: Nine News beat Seven News in Sydney, 357,000 to 346,000. Seven won elsewhere. A Current Affair couldn’t crack a million viewers and lost to TT in the five metro markets. Sunrise remained over 400,000 viewers in the morning.

  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.401 million
  2. Today Tonight (Seven, 6.30 – 7 pm) — 1.306 million
  3. Nine News (6pm) — 1.121 million
  4. ABC News (7pm) — 1.056 million
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 994,000
  6. Ten News (Ten) (5pm) — 832,000
  7. The 7.30 Report (ABC) (7.30pm) — 754,000
  8. Lateline (ABC) (10.30pm) — 236,000
  9. SBS News (6.30pm) — 186,000
  10. SBS News (9.30pm) — 109,000
  11. Lateline Business (ABC) (11.05pm) — 96,000

In the morning:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) (7am) — 405,000
  2. Today (Nine) (7am) — 317,000

The Stats:

  • FTA: Seven won with a share of 31.2%, from Nine on 29.2%, Ten with 19.1%, the ABC was on 16.3% and SBS, 4.2%. Seven leads the week with 31.1%, from Nine with 26.9% and Ten with 19.3%.
  • Main Channel: A win to Seven with 24.5%, from Nine on 22.9%, Ten with 13.7%, ABC 1, 13.0% and SBS ONE, 3.3%. Seven leads the week with 25.5%, from Nine on 20.3% and the ABC on 14.7%, with Ten on 14.2%.
  • Digital: a solid night with the nine FTA digitals totalling 22.5% of FTA viewing. ONE won with a share of 5.3%, from GO on 4.3%, 7Mate on 3.8%, 7TWO on 2.9%, Gem was on 2.0%, ABC 2, 1.6%, News 24, 1.0%, SBS TWO, 0.9% and ABC 3, 0.7%. The metro market shares ranged from a low of 18.0% in Sydney to 28.8% in Perth. ONE leads the week with a share of 5.0%, from GO with 4.6% and 7Mate on 3.1%.
  • Pay TV: Seven won with a share of 25.1% for its three channels, from Nine on 23.5% for its three, Pay TV and its 100 plus channels shared 16.8%, Ten and its duo, 15.4%, the four ABC channels totalled 13.2% and the two SBS channels, 3.4%. That left 83.2% for the 14 FTA channels, which was split, 18.1% for the digital channels and 65.1% for the five main channels. Foxtel’s share was a peak 20.9% in Sydney, and a low of 10.5% in Adelaide where it has poor penetration.
  • Regional: WIN NBN won with a share of 31.6% for the three channels, from Prime/7Qld with three channel share of 30.7%, from SC Ten on 20.3% for its two channels, ABC on 13.6% for its four and SBS was on 3.8% for its two channels. WIN/NBN won the main channels from prime/7Qld. ONE won the digitals with 4.4%, from GO on 4.3% and 7Mate on 3.4%. The nine digital channels had an FTA share of 20.1%. Prime/7Qld lead the week on 31.0%, with WIN/NBN on 28.6%.

Major Markets: It was Seven from Nine and Ten everywhere overall and in the main channels, except Melbourne where it was Seven from Nine and the ABC. ONE won the digitals where bar Melbourne where it tied with 7Mate and Brisbane where GO won. Seven now leads the week everywhere from Nine and Ten.

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

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Nothing more to be said except the end of the Commonwealth Games can’t come quickly enough for Ten, though Foxtel would probably like it to continue, although we still lack good figures.

TONIGHT: The Games finishes on Ten at 9pm, with the closing ceremony starting at midnight, Sydney time.

Ten has a program at 9pm called Keeping Up with the Joneses, more salt of the earth stuff from regional and rural Australia. Their life style is not that average. A cynical attempt to peddle nostalgia to urban viewers.

Seven has not very much at all. (I can’t mention The Amazing Race which is no longer amazing). Nine has Getaway, fading, and the abysmal Cops L.A.C. The ABC hasn’t much either, Penguins perhaps at 8 pm. Another night for shopping or eating out or reading quietly.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

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