The Winners: A night to forget, the latest of many. Nine’s Top Gear repeat at 7.30pm, 894,000. Ten’s The Oprah Winfrey Show at 7.30pm, 854,000. Even the cricket won’t save us.

  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.285 million
  2. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.174 million
  3. Nine News (6pm) — 1.101 million
  4. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 1.062 million
  5. ABC News (7pm) — 1.003 million

The Losers: A dire night of TV. Minute to Win It, 780,000 (funny how the Seven on air promos never told us it was the American version). The repeat of How I Met Your Mother on Seven at 7pm, 545,000. This network’s gone on holidays already.

News & CA: Another mixed night between 6pm and 7pm. Seven News picked up in Sydney to win the night, Nine News eased. TT shed over 60,000 viewers in Sydney, but ACA lost 32,000 and lost. But in Melbourne, Nine News and ACA added viewers and won both slots. Seven News and TT won elsewhere.

In the morning Sunrise had another morning over 400,000, Today sank to just under 300,000 and the gap was a large 128,000, with big wins in Sydney and Melbourne for Seven.

Ten’s Late News/Sports Tonight doubled its audience at 10.30 pm instead of starting at 11.30pm as it did Monday. A tip there for Ten, I think.

  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.285 million
  2. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.174 million
  3. Nine News (6pm) — 1.101 million
  4. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 1.062 million
  5. ABC News (7pm) — 1.003 million
  6. The 7PM Project (Ten) (7pm) — 839,000
  7. Ten News (Ten) (5pm) — 778,000
  8. The 7.30 Report (ABC) (7.30pm) — 763,000
  9. Late News/Sports Tonight (Ten) (10.30pm) — 346,000
  10. Lateline (ABC) (10.30pm) — 211,000
  11. SBS News (9.30pm) — 190,000
  12. SBS News (6.30pm) — 186,000
  13. Lateline Business (ABC) (11.05pm) — 107,000

In the morning:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) (7am) — 427,000
  2. Today (Nine) (7am) — 299,000

The Stats:

  • FTA: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 29.2%, from Nine (3), with 27.5%, Ten (2), was on 20.1%, the ABC (4), 15.4% and SBS (2), 7.8%. Seven leads the week with 29.6% from Nine on 27.8% and Ten with 19.6%.
  • Main Channel: Nine won with a share of 21.9%, from Seven with 21.0%, Ten was on 19.4%, ABC 1, 12.4% and SBS ONE, 6.2%. Seven leads the week with 22.4% from Nine on 21.5% and Ten with 18.8%.
  • Digital: 7TWO won with a share of 4.8% from 7Mate on 3.4%, Gem on 3.0%, GO with 2.6%, SBS TWO, 1.6%, ABC 2, 1.5%, ABC 3, 1.0%, ONE on 0.8% and News 24, 0.6%. That’s a total FTA share of 19.3%, which says a lot about how poor the fare was on the main channels. The digital FTA shares ranged from a low of 15.8% in Sydney to more than 22% in Adelaide and more than 19% in the rest. 7WO leads the week with 4.4%, from GO on 3.7% and 7Mate on 2.8%.
  • Pay TV: Seven won with 23.3% (3 channels), from Nine on 21.9% (3), Pay TV was on 17.6% (100 plus channels), Ten was on 16.0% for its two channels, the ABC (4), 12.3% and SBS, 6.2% (2). The 14 FTA channels had a combined share of 82.4%, made up of 15.4% for the digitals and 67.0% for the five main channels. Foxtel won Sydney with a share of 21.8% (with its 100 plus channels). Its lowest share was in Adelaide with 13.5%.
  • Regional: Prime/7Qld won with a share of 31.9% from, WIN/NBN on 27.5%, SC Ten was on 18.3%, the ABC was on 14.7% and SBS, 7.5%, Prime/7Qld won the main channels from WIN/NBN/. 7TWO won the digitals with 5.6% from 7Mate on 3.6% and GO on 2.5%. The nine digital channels had an FTA share of 18.3%. Prime/7Qld leads the week with a share of 30.7%, from WIN/NBN on 29.6%.

Major Markets: Seven won overall in all five metro markets (it shared top spot in Sydney with Nine). Nine won the main channels everywhere bar Perth where Seven won. 7TWO won the digitals battle with Gem, 7Mate and GO in the minors. Seven leads Nine and Ten everywhere, but it’s very close in a couple of markets. A third of the audience watched Pay TV or the digital channels, a situation that will reoccur on many more nights during the summer season.

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

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Need I say more. A two straw hat night, eaten slowly with a tart vinaigrette whipped up by one of the losers from MasterChef. The only way.

TONIGHT: The Librarians on the ABC at 8.30pm, the final, at last. Medical Emergency and Under the Hammer on Seven at 7.30pm and 8pm respectively. Nine has exhumed Cold Case as well. A night of TV zombies.

Raising Hope on Ten. Better with You on Nine at 8pm. The promos show promise, the full program will reveal that it missed the cut at Thanksgiving and was exiled to Australia.

The 7.30 Report on the ABC and The 7pm Project on Ten stand out as beacons of hope and freshness. Sleeper program with promise: The Secret Life of the Dog on SBS at 8.30pm. Watch with a furry mate or two (and the cat, they could learn something). Get warm and comfy. Howl the night away if you have to. Yelp a little.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports