The Winners: Seven’s night, again. A Current Affair was rediscovered by viewers and regained the million viewer list. The night overall was beige. Unlike tonight which is grey and dull.

  1. My Kitchen Rules (Seven) (7.30pm) — 1.394 million
  2. Seven News (6pm) — 1.190 million
  3. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.145 million
  4. Nine News (6pm) — 1.125 million
  5. Home and Away (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.040 million
  6. Criminal Minds (Seven) (8.30pm) — 1.012 million
  7. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 1.012 million

The Losers: A slightly closer night in the demos, but losers still abounded Blue Bloods on Nine at 8.30pm, 565,000. City Homicide on Seven at 9.30pm, 583,000. Mike & Molly on Nine at 8pm, 737,000 (but did OK in a couple of demos). Lie To Me on Ten at 9.30pm, 520,000.

News & CA: It was a good night for Nine. The 6pm News won Sydney and Melbourne, but Seven finished in front because of big wins in Adelaide and Perth. ACA regained the million viewer level and won Melbourne, but lost the rest. 6PM With George Negus shed a few thousand viewers, but the 6.30pm News added more than 70,000 viewers and the hour’s average jumped from around 330,000 on Tuesday night to just over 370,000 last night.

  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.190 million
  2. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.145 million
  3. Nine News (6pm) — 1.125 million
  4. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 1.012 million
  5. ABC News (7pm) — 890,000
  6. The 7pm Project (Ten) (7pm) — 772,000
  7. Ten News (5pm) — 742,000
  8. The 7.30 Report (ABC) (7.30pm) — 662,000
  9. 6PM With George Negus (Ten) (6pm) — 375,000.
  10. Ten Evening News (6.30pm) — 370,000
  11. Lateline (ABC) (10.30pm) — 196,000
  12. SBS News (6.30pm) — 181,000
  13. Late News/Sports Tonight (Ten) (11pm) — 167,000
  14. SBS News (9.30pm) — 123,000
  15. Lateline Business (ABC) (11.05pm) — 106,000

In the morning:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) (7am) — 401,000
  2. Today (Nine) (7am) — 310,000

The Stats:

  • FTA: Seven (3 channels) won with 33.7% from Nine (3) on 26.4%, Ten (3) was on 19.9%, the ABC (4), was on 15.3% and SBS, (2), ended with 4.6%. Seven leads the week on 32.5% from Nine on 26.6% and Ten with 20.1%.
  • Main Channel: Seven won with 24.8% from Nine on 21.0%, Ten on 14.6%, ABC 1, 12.2% and SBS One was on 3.8%. Seven leads the week on 24.7%, from Nine on 21.0% and Ten on 14.6%.
  • Digital: 7Mate won with 4.5%, from 7TWO on 4.4%, Eleven was on 3.9%, GO, 2.7%, with Gem on 2.6%, ABC ONE was on 1.9%, ONE finished with 1.4% (thanks to a movie, not sport), SBS TWO was on 0.8%, and News 24 and ABC 3 ended with 0.6% each. That’s an FTA prime time total of 23.4%. 7TWO and 7Mate lead the week with 3.9%. GO and Eleven are equal of 3.2% each.
  • Pay TV: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 27.3%, from Nine (3) on 21.3%, Ten (3) was on 16.1%, Pay TV (100 plus channels), finished with 15.8%, the ABC (4 channels) ended with 12.4% and SBS (2), 3.7%. The 15 FTA channels had a total viewing share in prime time last night of 84.2%, made up of 19.0% for the digital channels and 63.2% for the five main channels. 35% of the audience watched the digital channels and Pay TV last night.
  • Regional: Prime/7Qld (3 channels) won with a share of 32.8% from WIN/NBN (3) on 31.4%, SC Ten (3) was on 17.7%, the ABC (4) channels, 14.3% and SBS (2), ended with 3.7%. WIN/NBN won the main channels with 26% from Prime/7Qld on 24.2%. 7TWO won the digitals with 4.6%, from 7Mate and Eleven on 4.1% each. The 10 digital channels had an FTA prime time share last night of 26.4%. Prime/7Qld leads the week on 32.6% from WIN/NBN on 28.4%.

Major Markets: Seven of course won everywhere overall and the main channels. Ten was weak in Sydney but just held on, especially in the main channels from the ABC. But in Adelaide it was again weak and the ABC pushed it out of third. 7TWO won Sydney and Adelaide. 7Mate won Perth and Brisbane. Eleven won Melbourne. Seven 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: Seven won, again. Ten also won the demos, but it was closer than Tuesday night. Ten was again squeezed; end of story. Ten is having a rough time at the moment and its hiding Nine’s very poor start top the year.

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh was on Adam Hills in Gordon St Tonight and it was her second outing on the ABC. It was the 14th most watched program in Brisbane last night with 134,000 viewers who preferred The Farmer Wants a Wife and Criminal Minds.

TONIGHT: Who cares. A night for laying down and avoiding TV — it’s  a grey night of former winners shuffling guiltily across the screen. The ABC is snoringly bad, while SBS is horizontal.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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