The Winners: Not one program after 7pm with a million or more viewers. That tells us how boring the night was. It was a typical Thursday night where viewers had other attractions to TV.

  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.165 million
  2. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.082 million
  3. Nine News (6pm)– 1.023 million

The Losers: The Good Wife on Ten at 8.30pm, 689,000. Two and a Half Men at 7pm on Nine (a repeat of a repeat), 652,000.

News & CA: Another sub-one million audience for ACA, that’s eight in a row. Yes viewing is down, but TT was over a million. Nine says that’s because TT does well in Adelaide and especially Perth. But ACA is now paying the price for cutting local editions in Adelaide and Perth last year.

TT has local editions in both cities and gets viewers for that. WIN, which owns Adelaide and Perth cut the local ACA editions as a cost saving last year. ACA‘s ratings are hurting as a result. Last night, Seven News and TT won in all five metro markets and won clearly. A bad night for Nine and especially for ACA.

  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.165 million
  2. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.082 million
  3. Nine News (6pm)– 1.023 million
  4. A Current Affair (Seven) (6.30pm) — 904,000
  5. ABC News (7pm) — 859,000
  6. Ten News  (5pm) — 731,000
  7. The 7.30 Report (ABC) (7.30pm) — 683,000
  8. The 7pm Project (Ten) (7pm) — 629,000
  9. 6PM With George Negus (Ten) (6pm) — 321,000
  10. Ten Evening News (6.30pm) — 284,00
  11. Lateline (ABC) (10.20pm) — 283,000
  12. 6PM With George Negus (Ten) (10.30pm) — 199,000
  13. SBS News (6.30pm) — 180,000
  14. Late News/Sports Tonight (Ten) (11pm) — 164,000
  15. Lateline Business (ABC) (10.55pm) — 110,000

In the morning:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) (7am) — 381,000
  2. Today (Nine) (7am) — 331,000

The Stats:

  • FTA: Seven (3 channels), won with a share of 30.3% from Nine (3), on 28,8%, Ten, (3), on 20.2%, the ABC (4), on 15.8% and SBS (2), on 5.0%. Seven leads the week on 32.4%, from Nine on 27.0%, with Ten on 20.6%.
  • Main Channel: Seven won with a share of 22.8% from Nine on 21.5%, ten on 15.8%, ABC 1, 12.2% and SBS ONE, 4.1%. Seven leads the week on 25.0% from Nine on 20.6% and Ten on 16.4%.
  • Digital: GO and 7TWO won with 4.0% each, from Eleven and 7Mate on 3.5% each, with Gem next on 3.3%, ABC 2 was on 2.4%, ONE and SBS TWO were on 0.9% each, and ABC 3 and News 24 finished with 0.6% each. That’s a total FTA prime time viewing share last night of 23.7%. 7TWO leads the week with 4.1%, from GO on 3.8% and 7Mate on 3.3%, with Eleven on 3.2%.
  • Pay TV: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 24.6%, from Nine (3 channels) on 23.4%, Ten (3), was on 16.5%, pay TV (100 plus channels) finished with 15.6%, the ABC (4), 12.9% and SBS (2), finished with 4.0%. The 15 FTA channels had a total share of viewing in prime time last night of 84.4%. That was made up of 19,2% for the 10 digital channels and 65.2% for the five main channels.
  • Regional: WIN/NBN won with a share of 32.2% for their three channels, from Prime/7Qld (3) on 30.2%, SC Ten (3), on 18.9%, ABC (4), with 14.2% and SBS (2), with 4.4%. WIN/NBN beat Prime//7Qld in the main channels, GO won the digitals with 5.1%, from Eleven on 4.7% and 7Mate on 4.4%. the 10 digital channels had an FTA share of 26.0% in prime time last night. Prime/7Qld leads the week with 33.1% from WIN/NBN on 29.6%.

Major Markets: A mixed night, Seven won overall and the main channels in Brisbane and Perth. Seven won overall in Adelaide. Nine won Sydney both overall and the main channels. Seven won the main channels in Melbourne. Nine won the main channels in Adelaide. Eleven won Sydney and Perth. 7TWO won Brisbane and Adelaide and GO won Melbourne. Seven leads the week in all markets from Nine and Ten.

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

Glenn Dyer’s comments: A tiresome night. Nearly 35% of viewers were on the network’s digital channels or at Foxtel. That’s an indictment of what was on the main channels last night.

TONIGHT: Better Homes and Gardens for the house and lifestyle conscious. Nine has slipped Mike & Molly (a repeat, after three weeks!) into the 8pm slot tonight. It is first up on Wednesdays. This is a bit too much. New Tricks is the stand out on the ABC at 8.30pm. Ten has The 7pm Project and The Biggest Loser.

SATURDAY: Ignore, a repeat of Midsomer Murders on the ABC if you are interested.

SUNDAY: The morning chats, Sunday Night on Seven and perhaps Bones. 60 Minutes on Nine at 7.30pm, The Mentalist at 8.30pm. The Biggest Loser and Modern Family on Ten at 6.30pm. . A new Miss Marple on the ABC at 8.30pm.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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