The Winners: Only one show of any note last night. The Footy Show averaged 764,000, with 323,000 in Melbourne and a kick up in Sydney to 190,000 (the Origin II win?). In Brisbane, no change with a depressed 73,000 viewers tuning in.

  1. MasterChef Australia (Ten, 7.30 – 8.30 pm –1.615 million
  2. Seven News (6pm) — 1.344 million
  3. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.323 million
  4. Nine News (6pm)  — 1.151 million
  5. Home and Away (Seven) (7pm) — 1.112 million
  6. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 1.036 million

The Losers: An even night on a fairly average night of TV offerings.

News & CA: Nine News won Sydney and Brisbane, Seven won the rest. Today Tonight won all five metro markets. Today moved back in front of Sunrise.

  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.344 million
  2. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.323 million
  3. Nine News (6pm)  — 1.151 million
  4. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 1.036 million
  5. ABC News 7 pm– 986,000
  6. The 7pm Project (Ten) (7pm) — 897,000
  7. Ten News (5pm) — 660,000
  8. 7.30 (ABC) (7.30pm) — 561,000
  9. 6.30 with George Negus (Ten) (6.30pm) — 485,000
  10. 6.30 with George Negus (Ten) (10.30pm) — 260,000
  11. Lateline (ABC) (10.25pm) — 190,000
  12. Late News/Sports Tonight (Ten) (11pm) — 177,000
  13. SBS News (6.30pm) — 147,000
  14. SBS News (9.30pm) — 107,000
  15. Lateline Business (11pm) — 99,000

In the morning:

  1. Today (Nine) (7am) — 384,000
  2. Sunrise (Seven) (7am) — 350,000

The Stats:

  • FTA: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 28.3% from Nine (3) on 27.4%, Ten (3) on 26.3%, the ABC (4) was on 13.8% and SBS (2) was on 3.8%. Seven leads the week with 30.5%, from Nine on 26.5% and Ten on 25.0%.
  • Main Channel: Seven and Nine tied with a share of 21.0% each. Ten was next with 20.7%, ABC 1 was on 9.9% and SBS ended with 3.4%. Seven leads the week with 23.8% from Nine on 20.6% and Ten on 19.4%.
  • Digital: 7TWO won with 4.7%, from GO on 3.9%, Eleven on 3.6%, Gem was on 2.9%, ABC 2 was on 2.8%, 7mate was on 2.5%, ONE ended with 2.0%, ABC 3 was on 0.6%, SBS TWO, 0.5% and News 24 was on 0.4%. That’s a share of FTA viewing last night of 23.8%. 7TWO leads the week with 4.0% from Eleven on 23.4% and GO on 3.3%.
  • Pay TV: Seven (3 channels) won with 23.4% from Nine (3) on 23.0%, Ten was on 21.7% (3 channels), the ABC (4) was on 11.4% and SBS (2) ended with 3.2%. The 15 FTA channels had an 85.3% share of prime time viewing last night. That was made up of 19.7% for the 10 digitals and 65.6% for the five main channels.
  • Regional: WIN/NBN (3 channels) won with a share of 30.7%, from Prime/7Qld on 28.0%, SC Ten (3) was on 22.9%, the ABC (4) was on 13.9% and SBS (2) ended with 4.6%. WIN/NBN won the main channels with 23.4% from Prime/7Qld on 18.8% and SC Ten on 16.8%. 7TWO won the digitals with 5.0%, from GO on 4.4% and Eleven on 4.3%. The 10 digital channels had a total FTA share last night of 28.0%. Prime/7Qld leads the week on 30.5% from WIN/NBN on 30.3%.

Major Markets: Seven won the main channels and overall in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. Ten was second and Nine third. In Melbourne and Sydney it was Nine from Seven and Ten. 7TWO won the digitals in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. It tied with Eleven in Adelaide and Eleven won Brisbane. Seven leads Nine in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. Nine leads Seven and Ten in Brisbane and Sydney and should win both after the NRL games tonight. The AFL in the southern markets will extend Seven’s lead for the week.

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

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Post football syndrome, I’m afraid.

With 553,000 regional viewers last night and 1.615 million metro watchers, MasterChef‘s national audience was a very solid 2.168 million last night.

The ABC faces the prospect of not having a full 14 parts of Dr Who in 2012. The BBC has said the series (13 episodes and a Christmas special) will be split between 2012 and 2013 (when the Doctor turns 50) because of other writing commitments for Steven Moffat, who will be working on the new series of Sherlock (which will make the Nine Network happy).

TONIGHT: AFL on Seven and NRL on Nine. Taggart for those still interested in this weak and old-fashioned series, then Hustle, both on the ABC. Better Homes and Gardens on the ABC. MasterChef on Ten.

Saturday: AFL and NRL on Foxtel and Ten. The ABC has Kingdom (Stephen Fry) which had been on the Seven Network, but now is on the national broadcaster. It’s followed by a repeat of New Tricks. And there is nothing else worth watching on the four other main channels except tired movies and repeats. Inspector Morse is on 7TWO at 8.40pm. There’s also golf on Ten and ONE.

Sunday: The morning chats. AFL on Seven, NRL on Nine. Both on Foxtel, golf on Ten. Downton Abbey on Seven after Dancing With The Stars. MasterChef on Ten. The return of Inspector George Gently on the ABC at 8.30pm. Dateline on SBS, In Their Footsteps at 6.30 on Nine. Golf on Ten on Monday morning as well.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports