The Winners: That tells it all, it was downhill from 7pm on all networks. A sad night of TV really.

  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.173 million
  2. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.091 million

The Losers: Heston’s Mission Impossible on Seven at 7.30pm, 730,000. Did well in the demos, but submerging slowly. The Million Dollar Drop, 770,000. It’s just a boring program. Getaway, 8pm on Nine, 740,000. It is also submerging, slowly, towards the sea floor.

News & CA: Seven News won all five metro markets, Sydney by 2,000 viewers. ACA won Sydney by a thousand viewers, lost the rest.

  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.173 million
  2. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.091 million
  3. Nine News (6pm) — 977,000
  4. ABC News (7pm) — 976,000
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 881,000
  6. The 7pm Project (Ten) (7pm) — 753,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) (7.30pm) — 739,000
  8. Ten News (5pm) — 608,000
  9. 6.30 With George Negus (Ten) (6.30pm) — 398,000
  10. 6.30 With George Negus (Ten) (10.30pm) — 237,000
  11. SBS News (6.30pm) — 197,000
  12. Late News/Sports Tonight (Ten) (11pm) — 175,000
  13. Lateline (ABC) (10.30pm) — 170,000
  14. SBS News (9.30pm) — 141,000
  15. Lateline Business (ABC) (11.05pm) — 118,000

In the morning:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) (7am) — 413,000
  2. Today (Nine) (7am) — 332,000

The Stats:

  • FTA: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 28.3%, from Nine (3) on 28.0%, Ten (3) was on 22.4%, the ABC (4) was on 15.9% and SBS (2), 5.3%. Seven leads the week on 32.5% from Nine on 25.0% and Ten on 21.4%.
  • Main Channel: Seven won with a share of 21.0% from Nine on 20.0%, Ten was on 16.8%, ABC 1, 12.6% and SBS ONE, 4.7%. Seven leads the week on 24.7%, from 18.1% for Nine and 16.0% for Ten.
  • Digital: Eleven won with 4.5%, from GO on 4.3%, 7mate was on 3.9%, Gem was next with 3.7%, then 7TWO on 3.4%, ABC 2 was on 2.1%, ONE was on 1.1%, ABC 3 ended with 0.8%, SBS TWO, 0.6% and News 24 was on 0.5%. That’s a total share of FTA viewing in prime time last night of 25.9%. GO leads the week on 4.0% from 7TWO and 7mate on 3.9% each.
  • Pay TV: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 23.1%, from Nine (3) on 22.4%, Ten (3) was on 18.3%, Pay TV (100 plus channels) ended with 15.6%, ABC (4) ended with 13.0% and SBS (2) was on 4.4%. The 15 FTA channels had a total share of prime time viewing last night of 84.4%, made up of 20.2% for the digital channels and 64.2% for the five main channels.
  • Regional: A win for WIN/NBN (3 channels) on 32.0%, from Prime/7Qld (3) on 29.6%, SC Ten (3) was on 18.9%, the ABC (4) was on 14.7% and SBS (2) ended with 4.8%. WIN/NBN won the main channels from Prime/7Qld and SC Ten. 7TWO and 7mate won the digitals with 5.1% each from GO on 4.9%. Prime/7Qld lead the week with 34.1% from WIN/NBN on 27.1%.

Major Markets: Thanks to the AFL Footy Show, Nine won overall and in the main channels in Melbourne. Seven won the rest of the markets in both. Ten was second in the main channels in Sydney and Brisbane where the NRL Footy Show was appalling. GO won the digitals in Sydney, shared the market with Eleven in Melbourne, won Brisbane. Gem won Adelaide and 7mate won Perth. Seven leads the week in all five metro markets.

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

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Seven won and in the demos as well.

The AFL Footy Show was watched by 355,000 in Melbourne, the biggest audience in that market and the country last night. The NRL Footy Show in Sydney, 98,000, in Brisbane, 56,000. The worst ratings ever for these programs. If it was any other program it would have gone years ago, but because Nine has the NRL, it has to keep this rubbish on TV. Viewers have decided, it’s terrible TV. Does Nine get the message?

The ONE NRL program at 9.30pm, Game Plan, was watched by 104,000 people around the country, which is a far better return for Ten than what the NRL Footy Show gave for Nine.

TONIGHT: AFL on Seven in the Southern states, NRL on Nine in the north. New Tricks on the ABC, Better Homes and Gardens. The Boat That Rocked at 8.30pm in the north (average movie). Ten has The 7pm Project and The Biggest Loser: Families.

Saturday: AFL on Ten in the afternoon and night, AFL and NRL on Foxtel. Nothing much elsewhere. Maybe Spooks on the ABC, RocKwiz on SBS.

Sunday: The morning chats, if you are interested. AFL and NRL on Seven, Nine and Foxtel during the day. From prime time its two weeks of repeats as the non-ratings period kicks in. So check your guides and watch with caution. Better still go out. News, sport and weather will be the only things that are real.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

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