The Winners: They didn’t come back to Angry Boys. The State of Origin last week knocked the audience down to 805.000. Last night 941,000 watched, up on last week, well under the 1.3 mill that watched the first couple of episodes.

The Defenders, Ten, 9.30pm, 503,000. It couldn’t top the silly BIG on Nine in the same slot. RPA, Nine, 8.30pm, 657,000: another stalwart slowing bleeding viewers.

  1. MasterChef Australia (Ten) (7.30pm) — 1.602 million
  2. Seven News (6pm) — 1.359 million
  3. Today Tonight (Seven) (6 .30pm) — 1.325 million
  4. Nine News (6pm) — 1.174 million
  5. Highway Patrol (Seven) (7.30pm) — 1.130 million
  6. Home and Away (Seven) (7pm) — 1.129 million
  7. Criminal Minds (Seven) (8.30pm) — 1.087 million
  8. Glee (Ten) (8.30pm) — 1.036 million
  9. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 1.026 million
  10. World’s Deadliest Roads (Seven) (8pm) — 1.019 million

The Losers: Nine, weak, again. Broken record programming. BIG, Nine, 9.30pm, 534,000.

News & CA: Nine News won Sydney, drew Brisbane, Seven drew Brisbane, won the rest. TT won all five metro markets, but despite that ACA had another good night, three nights in a row over 1 million viewers, an improvement from last month. 6.30pm with George Negus had another strong night, Only 46,000 behind 7.30 on the ABC which has become dull since Kerry O’Brien left.

  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.359 million
  2. Today Tonight (Seven) (6 .30pm) — 1.325 million
  3. Nine News (6pm) — 1.174 million
  4. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 1.026 million
  5. ABC News (7pm) — 918,000
  6. The 7pm Project (Ten) (7pm) — 856,000
  7. Ten News (5pm) — 687,000
  8. 7.30 (ABC) (7.30pm) — 582,000
  9. 6.30pm with George Negus (Ten) (6.30pm) — 536,000
  10. Lateline (ABC) (10.25pm) — 251,000
  11. 6.30pm with George Negus (Ten) (10.30pm) — 204,000
  12. SBS News (6.30pm) — 188,000
  13. Late News/Sports Tonight (Ten) (11pm) — 138,000
  14. Lateline Business (ABC) (11pm) — 132,000

SBS News (9.30pm) — 126,000

In the morning:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) (7am) — 363,000
  2. Today (Nine) (7am) — 344,000

The Stats:

  • FTA: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 31.4% from Ten (3) on 25.9%, Nine (3) on 22.8%, the ABC (4) was on 15.5% and SBS (2) ended with 4.4%. Seven leads the week with 33.8% from Ten on 24.5% and Nine on 23.8%.
  • Main Channel: Seven won with 22.9% from Ten on 19.8%, Nine was on 18.1%, ABC 1 was on 15.5% and SBS ONE ended with 3.8%. Seven leads the week on 26.5% from Ten on 18.8% and Nine on 18.3%.
  • Digital: 7TWO won with 5.2%, from Eleven on 3.7%, 7mate on 3.3%, ABC 2 on 2.5%, ONE and Gem on 2.4%, GO was on 2.3%, SBS TWO was on 0.6% and News 24 and ABC 3 ended with 0.5% each. That’s an FTA viewing share last night in prime time of 23.4%. 7TWO leads the week on 5.2% from Eleven on 3.7% and 7mate on 3.3%.
  • Pay TV: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 26.1% from Ten (3) on 21.5%, Nine (3) was on 18.9%, Pay TV (100 plus channels) ended with 14.1%, the ABC (4) ended with 12.9% and SBS (2) was on 3.7%. The 15 FTA channels had an 85.9% share of prime time TV viewing last night. That was made up of 19.5% for the 10 digital channels and 66.4% for the five main channels.
  • Regional: Prime/7Qld (3 channels) won with a share of 33.3% from WIN/NBN (3) on 26.1%, with SC Ten (3) on 21.3%, the ABC, (4) was on 16.0% and SBS (2) ended with 3.4%. Prime/7Qld won the main channels easily. In the digital 7TWO with 5.6% won from 7mate on 4.1% and Eleven on 3.7%. The 10 digital channels had a total FTA prime time share last night of 24.6%. Prime/7Qld lead the week on 34.7% from WIN/NBN on 26.8%.

Major Markets: Seven won everywhere bar Melbourne, where Ten got up. Nine was weak. Seven won Sydney, Adelaide and Perth from Ten and Nine, both overall and the main channels. Seven won Brisbane from Ten and Nine overall, but in the main channels it was Seven from Nine and Ten. In Melbourne, Ten won overall from Seven and Nine, but in the main channels it was Ten from Nine and Seven. 7TWO won Sydney, Adelaide and Perth and won Brisbane in a tie with 7mate. Eleven won Melbourne. Seven now leads the week from Ten and Nine in everywhere market. It could end up a very miserable weak for Nine.

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

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Another win for Seven, though Ten did well again with the combination of MasterChef and Glee. They ensured wins in 18 to 49 and 25 to 54.

MasterChef averaged 581,000 in regional areas and with the 1.602 million who watched in the metro markets, had a national audience of 2.18 million.

Nine have moved Customs from 7.30pm to 8pm on Tuesdays and is resting AFP (it was on at 8pm) until its second series next year. Repeats of The Big Bang Theory (2011’s Two and a Half Men) fills the 7.30pm slot. The Big Bang Theory is also on Go! at the same time. Will viewers get confused?

TONIGHT: And it’s with a stony heart we say goodbye from 8.30pm to Between The Lines on Nine. The last episode. Will it acknowledge the NRL as a last gift to its non-AFL viewers? Another Nine Network/Eddie McGuire success story aborted because it bored the audience into going elsewhere. Nine also has the AFL and NRL Footy Shows.

Ten has MasterChef, a beacon of entertainment values tonight. Seven has its wall of female attracting programs from 7pm to 11.30pm. SBS has the second episode of Lyndey & Blair’s Taste of Greece. The ABC has an interesting doco on juries at 8.30pm called On Trial.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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