The Winners: Angry Boys, 848,000, the audience has forgotten it, the State of Origin impact has crunched it, along with some poor characterisation. Seven’s World’s Deadliest Roads, a million viewers last week, 943,000 at 8pm last night. A second string program from Seven. RPA on Nine at 8.30pm, 692,000.

  1. MasterChef Australia (Ten, 7.30 – 8.30 pm)
  2. Seven News (6pm) — 1.364 million
  3. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.258 million
  4. Nine News (6pm) — 1.219 million
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 1.143 million
  6. Home and Away (Seven) (7pm) — 1.126 million
  7. Glee (Ten) (8.30pm) — 1.071 million
  8. Spicks and Specks (ABC) (8.30pm) — 1.057 million
  9. Highway Patrol (Seven) (7.30pm) — 1.057 million
  10. Criminal Minds (Seven) (8.30pm) — 1.030 million

The Losers: Nine, again with three episodes of The Big Bang Theory. BIG on Nine at 9.30pm, small ratings though: just 496,000 watched last night. Seven though was pretty average in Melbourne. The Defenders on Ten at 9.30pm, 567,000. Shows set in Las Vegas don’t work.

News & CA: Nine News and ACA won Melbourne and Brisbane, Seven News and TT won the rest.

Sunrise extended its lead over Today which was unusually low yesterday morning.

  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.364 million
  2. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.258 million
  3. Nine News (6pm) — 1.219 million
  4. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 1.143 million
  5. ABC News (7pm)  — 952,000
  6. The 7pm Project (Ten) (7pm) — 848,000
  7. Ten News (5pm) — 677,000
  8. 7.30 (ABC) (7.30pm) — 610,000
  9. Hungry Beast (ABC) (9.30pm) — 520,000
  10. 6.30 with George Negus (Ten) (6.30pm) — 479,000
  11. Lateline (ABC) (10.25pm) — 232,000
  12. 6.30 with George Negus (Ten, 10.30 – 11 pm, repeat) — 199,000
  13. SBS News (9.30pm) — 187,000
  14. SBS News (6.30pm) — 173,000
  15. Late News/Sports Tonight (Ten) (11pm) — 132,000
  16. Lateline Business (ABC) (11pm) — 108,000

In the morning:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) (7am) — 369,000
  2. Today (Nine) (7am) — 318,000

The Stats:

  • FTA: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 29.3% from Ten (3) on 26.8%, Nine (3) with 23.4%, the ABC (4) was on 15.8% and SBS (2) ended with 4.7%.
  • Main Channel: Seven won with a share of 21.9% from Ten on 20.2%, Nine with 18.6%, ABC 1 was on 12.3% and SBS ONE ended with 4.1%. Seven leads the week with 25.9% from Nine with 18.6% and Ten on 18.3%.
  • Digital: 7TWO won with a share of 4.8%, from Eleven on 4.1%, 7mate and Gem on 2.5% each, ONE on 2.4%, GO on 2.3%, ABC 2 on 2.2%, SBS TWO on 0.7% and ABC 3 and News 24 with 0.6% each. That’s a total share of FTA viewing last night of 22.7%. 7TWO leads the week with 4.3% from Eleven on 3.6% and GO on 3.1%.
  • Pay TV: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 24.5%, from Ten (3) on 22.4%, Nine (3 ) was on 19.5%, Pay TV (100 plus channels) ended with 13.7%, the ABC (4) was on 13.2% and SBS (2) finished with 4.0%. The 15 FTA channels had a total viewing share last night of 86.3%, the highest of the week so far. The 10 digitals had a combined share of 18.0%, the five main channels share was 68.3%.
  • Regional: Prime/7Qld (3 channels) won with a share of 33.8%, from WIN/NBN (3) on 26.0%, SC Ten (3) was on 21.7%, the ABC (4) ended with 14.4% and SBS (2) was on 4.2%. Prime/7Qld with 24.7% won the main channels from WIN/NBN on 21.4%. 7TWO won the digitals with 5.8% from Eleven on 4.0% and 7mate on 3.2%. The 10 digital channels had a total share last night of FTA viewing of 24.0%. Prime/7Qld with 34.7% leads the week from WIN/NBN on 26.8%.

Major Markets: Seven won, but not as convincingly as Tuesday night. Seven won overall and the main channels in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. Ten was second and Nine third except in Brisbane where Nine was second in the main channels. In Melbourne, Ten won from Nine and Seven overall and tied for top spot on the main channels. 7TWO won all five metro markets and Seven leads the week from Ten and Nine in Sydney, Adelaide and Perth. Seven leads Nine and Ten in Melbourne and Brisbane.

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

Glenn Dyer’s comments: An average night TV. That helped MasterChef stand out. Nothing else did.

MasterChef was watched by 584,000 people in regional areas. With the 1.633 million metro audience, the program had a national total of 2.217 million people. Very solid, but nowhere near the national figure for Australia’s Got Talent on Tuesday night.

TONIGHT: Seven’s fleet of female-attracting programs. Nine has the Footy Shows … and it may or may not have the final episode of Between The Lines.

The ABC has a documentary called Baker Boys: Inside The Surge. Well worth a look. Ten has MasterChef.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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