The Winners: Ten’s night, easily, despite what the overall figures might show. Apart from the News and Today Tonight, Seven had just one program with a million or more viewers, which was Home and Away at 7pm. Nine had none.

  1. Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation (Ten) (7.30pm) — 1.450 million
  2. NCIS (Ten) (8.40pm) — 1.310 million
  3. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.303 million
  4. Seven News (6pm) — 1.288 million
  5. Nine News (6pm)  — 1.162 million
  6. Home and Away (Seven) (7pm) — 1.028 million
  7. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 1.004 million

The Losers: The final of Iron Chef on Seven at 7.30pm, 782,000. Goodbye. Nine’s Top Gear (BBC) repeat, at 7.30pm, 829,000.

News & CA: A Current Affair fell to just 245,000 viewers in Sydney last night, losing 59,000 viewers from Nine News at 6pm. It was a slump hard to explain, but has been happening more frequently in recent months. Seven News beat Nine News in Sydney and Melbourne by just 3000 viewers in each market. ACA lost 30,000 viewers in Melbourne as well, and 38,000 viewers in Brisbane from Nine News.

Sunrise has extended its gap over Today to more than 100,000 viewers yesterday. That was despite Today winning Sydney. Sunrise won Melbourne by a bigger margin and had a bigger margin in Brisbane.

  1. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.303 million
  2. Seven News (6pm) — 1.288 million
  3. Nine News (6pm)  — 1.162 million
  4. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 1.004 million
  5. ABC News (7pm) — 990,000
  6. Ten News (5pm) — 755,000
  7. The 7.30 Report (ABC) (7.30pm) — 745,000
  8. The 7pm Project (Ten) (7pm) — 722,000.
  9. Late News/Sports Tonight (Ten) (10.40pm) — 293,000
  10. Lateline (ABC) (10.30pm) — 250,000
  11. SBS News (6.30pm) — 172,000
  12. Lateline Business (ABC) (10.55pm) — 140,000
  13. SBS News (9.30pm) — 137,000

In the morning:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) (7am) — 413,000
  2. Today (Nine) (7am) — 303,000

The Stats:

  • FTA: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 29.3%, from Nine (3) on 25.9%, Ten (2) with 24.8%, the ABC (4), with 14.3% and SBS (2), on 5.7%. Seven leads the week with 32.4% from Nine on 25.9% and Ten on 21.8%.
  • Main Channel: Ten won here with a share of 24.2%, from Seven with 21.2%, Nine back on 20.0%, ABC 1, 11.9% and SBS ONE on 4.7%. Seven leads the week with 26.0%, from Ten on 21.2% and Nine on 19.9%.
  • Digital: The nine digital channels had a total share of 18.0%, with 7TWO winning with 4.9%, from GO on 4.0%, 7Mate on 3.1%, Gem with 2.0%, ABC 2, 1.2%, SBS TWO, 1.0%, News 24, ABC 3 and ONE on 0.6% each. The FTA digital shares ranged from a high for Sydney of 15.1% to the highest nationally, 20.4% in Brisbane. GO leads the week with 4.0%, from 7TWO on 3.5% and 7Mate on 2.9%.
  • Pay TV: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 24.0%, From Nine (3) with 21.3%, Ten (2) on 20.3%, Pay TV (100 plus channels), on 15.5%, the ABC (4), 11.7% and SBS (2) on 4.7%. That left the 14 FTA channels with a total share of 84.5% last night in prime time, made up of 14.7% for the digitals and 69.8% for the five main channels, one of the lowest Monday to Friday shares since the Commonwealth Games. Foxtel’s shares ranged from a second place and high of 19.1% in the Sydney market, to the usual Adelaide low, 10.6% last night.
  • Regional: Prime/7Qld won the overall with 28.3%, from WIN/NBN on 27.2%, SC Ten on 25.5%, the ABC, 13.7% and SBS on 5.3. BUT SC Ten won the main channels easily from WIN/NBN and Prime/7Qld. 7TWO won the digitals with 5.4%, from GO on 3.9% and 7Mate with 3.5%. The nine digital channels had a high FTA share last night of 18.5%.

Major Markets: Seven won overall in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and tied Perth with Ten. Nine won Melbourne. Seven won the main channels in Sydney, Ten won the rest, easily. It is a bit of a mystery why Ten didn’t do better in Sydney last night. 7TWO won the digitals in all five metro markets, with GO and 7Mate in the minors. Seven leads the week from Nine and Ten in every market.

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

Glenn Dyer’s comments: No Packed to the Rafters, no glory for Seven last night. Ten’s better, fresher programs won the night and won it pretty easily with a mixture of viewing appealing to mostly 18 to 49 viewers, not the group the expert James Packer wants them to tackle (16 to 39s). Nine’s post Commonwealth
Games march to victory has completely faded and the network is now settling down for the Test cricket, starting tomorrow.

TONIGHT: Well, The Block on Nine. Nine also has Warnie, not the musical, but the talk show. Seven has the final City Homicide in its current episodic form. Ten has Modern Family and The 7pm Project.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports