The Winners: The Block started solidly for Nine, let’s see how it’s going next week (although the cast is a bit of a pain). Offspring on Ten at 8.30pm, 995,000. Hot Seat on Nine at 5.30pm — 800,000 — its highest audience. Seven’s Deal Or No Deal, 700,000. Hot Seat’s lift didn’t help as a news lead-in except in Melbourne which is Eddie McGuire’s home town.

  1. MasterChef Australia (Ten) (7.30pm) — 1.681 million
  2. Seven News (6pm) — 1.436 million
  3. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.345 million
  4. The Block (Nine) (7pm) — 1.342 million
  5. The Big Bang Theory (Nine) (8pm) — 1.314 million
  6. Nine News (6pm) — 1.291 million.
  7. The Amazing Race Australia (Seven) (8.30pm) — 1.213 million
  8. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 1.170 million
  9. Home and Away (Seven) (7pm) — 1.160 million
  10. Come Fly With Me (Seven) (8.30pm) — 1.030 million

The Losers: Not Nine, for once. But Rescue Special Ops at 9pm, 684,000 wasn’t good, but the 10pm second episode’s 663,000 was much stronger.

News & CA: Seven News and Today Tonight lost Melbourne to Nine News and ACA, won the rest. ACA‘s cab driver qualifying story was only done in Brisbane because current affairs programs are allowed to use hidden cameras in that state. We don’t know if the situation is the same in other states.

  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.436 million
  2. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.345 million
  3. Nine News (6pm) — 1.291 million
  4. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 1.170 million
  5. ABC News (7pm) — 988,000
  6. Australian Story (ABC) (8pm) — 791,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) (7.30pm) — 755,000
  8. The 7pm Project (Ten) (7pm) — 724,000
  9. Ten News  (Ten) (5pm) — 651,000
  10. Four Corners (ABC) (8.30pm) — 629,000
  11. Media Watch (ABC) (9.15pm) — 615,000
  12. Q&A (ABC) (9.35pm) — 557,000
  13. 6.30 with George Negus (Ten) (6.30pm) — 458,000
  14. Lateline (ABC, 10.30 – 11.05 pm) — 258,000
  15. 6.30 with George Negus (Ten) (10.30pm) — 253,000
  16. Late News/Sports Tonight (Ten) (11pm) — 155,000
  17. SBS News (6.30pm) — 150,000
  18. Lateline Business (ABC) (11.05pm) — 104,000
  19. SBS News (9.30pm) — 87,000

In the morning:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) (7am) — 349,000
  2. Today (Nine) (7am) — 344,000

The Stats:

  • FTA: Nine (3 channels) won with a share of 28.5%, from Seven (3) on 27.2%, Ten (3) was on 24.7%, the ABC (4) was on 15.5% and SBS (2) 4.1%. Seven leads the week with 31.7% from Nine on 27.0% and Ten on 23.5%.
  • Main Channel: Nine won with 22.5%, from Seven on 20.0%, Ten was on 18.8%, ABC 1 was on 12.4% and SBS ONE ended with 3.6%. Seven leads the week with 23.7% from Nine on 20.7% and Ten pm 17.9%.
  • Digital: 7TWO won with 4.1%, from Eleven on 3.7%, GO on 3.6%, 7mate on 3.1%, Gem on 2.4%, ONE with 2.2%, ABC 2 was on 1.8%, ABC 3 was on 0.7%, News 24, 0.6% and SBS TWO was on 0.5%. That’s a total share of FTA viewing last night of 22.4%. 7mate leads the week on 4.4% from GO on 3.9% and 7TWO on 3.6%.
  • Pay TV: Nine (3 channels) won with a share of 23.5% from Seven (3) on 22.5%, Ten (3) was on 20.4%, Pay TV (100 plus channels) ended with 15.1%, the ABC (4) was on 12.8% and SBS (2) ended with 3.4%. The 15 FTA channels had a total viewing share last night of 84.9%, with the 10 digitals on 18.8% and the five main channels on 66.1%.
  • Regional: WIN/NBN (3 channels) won with a share of 29.7%, from Prime/7Qld (3) on 27.3%, SC Ten (3) was on 21.6%, the ABC (4) ended with 15.6% and SBS (2) was on 5.8%. WIN/NBN won the main channels with 22.6% from Prime/7Qld on 19.4%. 7TWO won the digitals with 4.7% with GO and Eleven on 4.2% each. That was an FTA viewing share last night for the 10 digital channels of 23.9%. Prime/7Qld leads the week with 32.1% from WIN/NBN on 28.6%

Major Markets: A closer night, reflecting Nine’s improvement. Nine beat Seven and Ten overall and in the main channels in Sydney, and in Melbourne it was Nine from Ten and Seven. On Brisbane it was Seven from Nine and Ten overall and in the main channels, it was Seven and Nine who tied. Ten was next. In Adelaide Seven beat Ten and Nine overall and in the main channels and in Perth it was Seven from Nine and Ten overall and in the main channels. GO won the digitals in Sydney and Perth. 7TWO won Melbourne and Adelaide and Eleven won Brisbane. Seven leads Nine and Ten everywhere bar Perth,. where its Seven from Ten and Nine.

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

Glenn Dyer’s comments: The Block at 7pm helped Nine pull off a rare (for this year) win.

MasterChef was watched by 514,000 people in regional areas, giving a national audience of 2.195 million with the 1.681 million metro viewers.

The Block‘s regional audience was 431,000 and with the metro figure of 1.345 million, gave a national audience of 1.776 million, which is solid.

TONIGHT: Seven has Australia’s Got Talent and Winners & Losers. Nine has another hour of The Block. Ten has MasterChef and Bondi Vet. The ABC has Foreign Correspondent. SBS starts what looks good: a series called Back To Where You Came From.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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