The Winner: Miss Marple dropped around 200,000 viewers, and it was not hard to understand, a weak storyline and contrived finale. Bones on Seven beat it, but not The Mentalist. Ten did well in the demos, especially 16 to 39.

  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.287 million.
  2. 60 Minutes (Nine) (7.30pm) — 1.139 million.
  3. The Force (Seven) (8pm) — 1.105 million.
  4. Border Security (Seven) (7.30pm) — 1.102 million.
  5. Nine News (6pm) — 1.077 million.
  6. Bones (Seven) ( 8.30pm) — 1.038 million.
  7. Sunday Night (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.034 million.

The Losers NCIS Los Angeles at 9.30pm, 406,000; Hawaii Five 0, 698,000 at 8.30pm. Not good enough. Harry’s Law on Nine at 9.30pm, 762,000, just behind Castle on Seven, 776,000, and behind Miss Marple for a while (until 10pm).

News & CA: Seven News won everywhere bar Adelaide where Nine had a solid win. Ten has restarted its 5pm news on Saturdays and Sundays to try and mute Nine’s effort in the same slot. Nine was the clear winner last night.

Ten is persisting with the 6pm News. Overall around 583,000 people watched Ten’s two news broadcasts, which about what the old Ten News at 5pm would get on Sundays last year, before the 6pm News started. That Ten was forced to restart the 5pm News tells us the network is admitting that it was wrong to move the long held 5pm News an hour forward. A victory to Nine.

  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.287 million.
  2. 60 Minutes (Nine) (7.30 pm) — 1.139 million
  3. Nine News (6pm) — 1.077 million
  4. Sunday Night (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.034 million
  5. ABC News (7pm) — 869,000
  6. Nine News (5pm) — 429,000
  7. Ten Evening News (6pm) — 303,000
  8. Ten News (5pm) — 280,000
  9. SBS News (6.30pm) — 188,000
  10. Dateline (SBS) (8.30pm) — 184,000

In the morning:

  1. Weekend Sunrise (Seven) (8am) — 294,000
  2. Weekend Today (Nine) (8am) — 240,000
  3. Landline (ABC) (Noon) — 237,000
  4. Insiders (ABC) (9am) –206,000
  5. Offsiders (ABC) (10.30am) — 141,000
  6. Inside Business (ABC) (10am) — 128,000

The Stats

  • FTA: Seven (3 channels), on 30.2%, from Nine (3) with 28.4%, ten (3) on 19.8%, the ABC, (4), was on 16.9% and SBS (2), 4.7%.
  • Main Channel: Seven won with a share of 23.1% from Nine on 20.9%, Ten with 16.0%, ABC1, 14.3% and SBS ONE, 3.9%.
  • Digital: GO won with 5.1% from 7TWO on 3.9%, 7Mate on 3.2%, Eleven on 3.0%, Gem was on 2.4%, ABC2, 1.5%, ONE was on 0.9%, SBS TWO, 0.7%, News 24, 0.6% and ABC3, 0.5%. That’s a total FTA share in prime time of 21.8%.
  • Pay TV: Seven won with (3 channels) 24.6%, from Nine (3) on 23.1%, Ten (3) was on 16.2%, Pay TV (100 plus channels), was on 15.6%, the ABC (4) finished with 13.8% and SBS (2) was on 3.8%. The 15 FTA channels has a total share in prime time of 84.4% last night, made up of 17.6% for the digital channels and 66.8% for the five main channels.
  • Regional: Prime/7Qld (3 channels) won with a share of 31.9% from WIN/NBN (3) on 27.4%, SC Ten, (3) 18.0%), the ABC (4), was on 17.7% and SBS (2), 5.0%. Prime/7Qld won the main channels with 24.3%, from WIN/NBN on 19.9%, the ABC was on 14.6% and SC Ten, 14.4%. 7TWO won the digitals with 5.0% from GO on 4.8% and Gem and Eleven on 2.7% each. The 10 digital channels had an FTA prime time share of 21.9% last night.
  • Major Markets: Seven won Sydney overall and in the main channels, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. Nine won Melbourne overall and in the main channels. The ABC beat Ten into third in Perth, both overall and in the main channels. GO won Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. 7TWO won Sydney.

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

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Last week, another solid win for Seven overall, in the main channels and the digital channels. That’s the first four weeks of ratings for Seven. Sydney’s Mardi Gras parade on Saturday night averaged 108,000 viewers across the five metro markets. The NAB Cup semi final was the most watched program on Pay TV last week with 152,000 viewers. The Super Rugby union game between the Red from Queensland and the Brumbies averaged 113,000 viewers in the five metro markets. The One Day cricket on Fox Sports on Saturday night averaged 77,000 (so Mardi Gras, the AFL and rugby union all did better). On Nine the truncated one day international averaged 500,000.

Last night Seven was very strong in Sydney and Nine was surprisingly weak, again. In Melbourne, Nine’s traditional strength reasserted itself last night for a clear win

TONIGHT: The ABC has its news and current affairs line up with the new 7.30 starting, hosted by Leigh Sales and Chris Uhlmann.

Conviction Kitchen is on Seven tonight at 8.30pm after My Kitchen Rules. Nine has This Is Your Life and then the tricked up Michael Parkinson/David Frost chat — Parkinson: the Frost interview — at 9.30pm. Ten has The 7PM Project, Glee and if you want them, House and Good News Week. Man vs. Wild returns on SBS at 8.30pm

Small programming update, Ten has yanked the failed Blue Bloods from Wednesday night and replaced it with back to back episodes of Modern Family.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports.

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