The Winners: Seven’s night, easily, surprisingly so. Ten and Nine just can’t force viewers to change at the moment. Both networks had a couple of duds last night. Seven’s Conviction Kitchen benefited from being behind a cooking program with 942,000, its highest audience so far after two weeks at 9.30pm on Tuesdays after Packed to the Rafters.

  1. My Kitchen Rules (Seven) (7.30pm) — 1.406 million
  2. Seven News (6pm) — 1.232 million
  3. Nine News (6pm) — 1.169 million
  4. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 1.147 million
  5. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.147 million
  6. Glee (Ten) (7.30pm) — 1.024 million

The Losers: Nine and Ten, again. This Is Your Life at 8.30pm on Nine, 774,000, down over a quarter of a million from the return last week. House on Ten at 8.30pm, 733,000. $#*! My Dad Says on Nine at 8pm, 644,000. Good News Week on Ten at 9.30pm, 538,000.

News & CA: Nine News won Sydney, Seven News won the rest. ACA beat Today Tonight nationally and in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. TT won the rest. ACA won with an update on the lingering Hey Dad s-xual harassment story.

  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.232 million
  2. Nine News (6pm) — 1.169 million
  3. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 1.147 million
  4. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.147 million
  5. ABC News  (7pm)– 960,000
  6. Australian Story (ABC) (8pm) — 894,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) (7.30pm) — 805,000
  8. The 7PM Project (Ten) (7pm) — 772,000
  9. Four Corners (ABC) (8.30pm) — 724,000
  10. Ten News (5pm) — 710,000
  11. Media Watch (ABC) (9.15pm) — 640,000
  12. Q&A (ABC) (9.35pm) — 620,000
  13. 6PM With George Negus (Ten) (6pm) — 373,000
  14. Ten Evening News (6.30pm) — 342,000
  15. Lateline (ABC) (9.30pm) — 321,000
  16. SBS News (6.30pm) — 212,000
  17. Late News/Sports Tonight (Ten) (11pm) — 184,000
  18. Lateline Business (ABC) (11.05pm) — 161,000
  19. SBS News (9.30pm) — 135,000

In the morning:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) (7am) — 356,000
  2. Today (Nine) (7am) — 306,000

The Stats:

  • FTA: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 32.5% from Nine (3) on 25.0%, Ten (3) was on 19.4%, the ABC, 17.5 (4 channels) and SBS (2), was on 5.7%. Seven leads the week with 32.3% from Nine on 26.7% and Ten on 19.6%.
  • Main Channel: Seven won with a share of 24.3% from Nine on 18.3%, ten was on 15.3%, ABC 1, 14.4% and SBS ONE finished with 5.1%. Seven leads the week on 23.7% from Nine on 19.6% and Ten on 15.6%.
  • Digital: 7TWO won with a share of 4.6%, from a spread of rivals on 3.6%, Eleven, GO and 7Mate. Gem finished with 3.1%, ABC 2 was on 2.0%, News 24 was on 0.7%, SBS TWO, 0.6%; ABC 3 and One, 0.5%. That’s a total FTA share of 21.8% for the digital channels. GO and 7TWO lead with 4.3% each, from 7Mate on 3.4%.
  • Pay TV: Seven won with a share (3 channels) of 26.9%, from Nine on 20.7% (3 channels), ten (3) was on 16.1%, Pay TV (100 plus channels) and the ABC )4) finished with 14.5% each and SBS (2) ended with 4.7%. The 15 FTA channels had a total share of prime time viewing last night of 85.5%, made up of 18.9% for the digital channels and 66.6% for the five main channels
  • Regional: Prime/7Qld (3 channels) won with a share of 32.4%, from WIN/NBN (3) on 27.2%, the ABC (4) was third with 18.3%, with SC Ten (3 channels) 4th with 17.0% and SBS (2) on 5.1%. Prime 7Qld won the main channels with 23.6%, from WIN/NBN on 20.1%, ABC 1 was on 14.7% and SC Ten was 4th with 12.5%. 7TWO won the digital channels with 5.2%, from GO on 4.1% and Eleven on 3.9%. The 10 digital channels had an FTA share of 24.5% last night in prime time. Prime/7Qld leads the week on 32.2% from WIN/NBN on 27.3%.

Major Markets: It was Seven, Nine and Ten in every market overall and in the main channels, except Sydney where the ABC pushed Ten out of third in both. In fact ten and Nine were quite weak in Sydney. 7TWO won Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. GO 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’s night, easily, which was again a surprise. This Is Your Life would have been a big disappointment for Nine. It promised a lot last week, but didn’t deliver last night.

The new version of The 7.30 Report is 7.30, which is really the old program minus Kerry O’Brien, with two lesser lights to do his job in Leigh Sales in Sydney and Chris Uhlmann in Canberra. Judging on last night’s effort (the theme music with the out of tune trumpet note right at the end), there hasn’t been a change except Red Kerry’s interviews will be no longer with us and we will all be poorer for that. It was very typically ABC current affairs.

Leigh Sales interviewed the Gail Kelly of Westpac for what reason I cannot fathom. It was a poor interview. The best report on the first edition of 7.30 was from Paul Lockyer who went camel tracking in central Australia with a very spritely chap aged 89, called Wilkinson. He was a delight to watch and listen to, as was the report. That was a report in the best traditions of ABC current affairs, as was Four Corners last night.

TONIGHT: Packed to the Rafters and My Kitchen Rules on Seven from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. End of night and week. Nine has Top Gear and The Big Bang Theory. Ten has Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation (which has faded) and a fresh NCIS and then a repeat. The ABC has Foreign Correspondent at 8pm. SBS has Insight at 7.30pm.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

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