The Winners: There should have been no complaints about choice last night.

  1. Australia’s Got Talent (Seven) (8.30pm) — 1.566 million
  2. MasterChef Australia (Ten) (7.30pm) — 1.496 million
  3. Seven News (6pm) — 1.406 million
  4. The Block (Nine) (7pm) — 1.374 million
  5. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.290 million
  6. Nine News (6pm) — 1.263 million
  7. Winners & Losers (Seven) (9pm) — 1.212 million
  8. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 1.128 million
  9. Home and Away (Seven) (7pm) — 1.086 million
  10. Bondi Vet (Ten) (8pm) — 1.024 million

The Losers: Ten, just using MasterChef to hang in there: it either has no interest in improving its offer to viewers most nights, or it just doesn’t have the programs to offer.

News & CA: Nine News won Sydney and Brisbane, Seven News won the rest. TT won everywhere bar Sydney where ACA got up. Foreign Correspondent was again the stand out news or current affairs program of the night (and the week).

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Sunrise topped the 400,000 mark in the morning, despite the holidays, Today remained stuck on 291,000, the same as Monday. Odd.

  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.406 million
  2. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.290 million
  3. Nine News (6pm) — 1.263 million
  4. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 1.128 million
  5. ABC News (7pm) — 904,000
  6. Ten News (5pm) — 693,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) (7.30pm) — 504,000
  8. Foreign Correspondent (ABC) (8pm) — 469,000
  9. 6.30 with George Negus (Ten) (6.30pm) — 450,000
  10. SBS News (6.30pm) — 186,000
  11. Lateline (ABC) (10.25pm) — 185,000
  12. 6.30 with George Negus (Ten) (10.30pm) — 169,000
  13. Late News/Sports Tonight (Ten) (11pm) — 135,000
  14. SBS News (9.30pm) — 130,000
  15. Lateline Business (ABC) (11pm) — 85,000

In the morning:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) (7am) — 404,000
  2. Today (Nine) (7am) — 291,000

The Stats:

  • FTA: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 32.7%, from Nine (3) on 26.2%, Ten (3) was on 21.4%, the ABC (4) was on 12.7% and SBS (2) ended with 6.9%. Seven leads the week on 31.7%, from Nine on 26.7% and Ten on 22.1%.
  • Main Channel: Seven won with 26.3% from Nine on 19.9%, Ten was on 16.4%, ABC 1, 9.6% and SBS ONE was on 6.3% (which is more than two third of the weak ABC 1 audience share). Seven leads the week on 24.3% from Nine on 20.1% and Ten with 16.5%.
  • Digital: GO won with 3.8% from Eleven on 3.4%, 7TWO was on 3.3%, 7mate, 3.2%, Gem was on 2.5%, ABC 2 was on 2.0%, ONE was on 1.6%, SBS TWO was on 0.7%, ABC 3, 0.6% and News 24 was on 0.5%. That’s an FTA share of 21.6%. GO leads the week on 4.1%, from 7TWO on 3.8%, 7mate on 3.6% and Eleven with 3.5%.
  • Pay TV: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 27.5%, from Nine (3) on 22.1%, Ten (3) which was on 18.0%, Pay TV (100 plus channels) was on 13.5%, the ABC (4) ended with 10.7% and SBS (2) was on 5.8%. The 15 FTA channels had an 86.5% share of TV viewing last night. The 10 digitals had a total share of 17.2% and the five main channels, 68.3%.
  • Regional: Prime/7Qld (3 channels) won with a share of 34.0%, from WIN/NBN (3) on 25.9%, SC Ten (3) was on 20.7%, the ABC (4) was on 12.3% and SBS (2) ended with 6.3%. Prime/7Qld won the main channels with 26.2%, from WIN/NBN on 19.6%. 7TWO won the digitals with 4.2% from GO on 3.9% and 7mate on 3.5%. The 10 digital channels had a total share of 24.3%. prime/7Qld leads the week on 32.5% from WIN/NBN on 28.2%.

Major Markets: Seven won Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth overall and the main channels. Nine was second everywhere bar Perth where Ten was second and Nine its usual weak third.

In Melbourne, Nine won overall and in the main channels with 423,000 unfortunates watching a game that meant nothing except to while away a cold Tuesday night fantasising about the coming weekend of football. GO won the digitals in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide and shared Brisbane with Eleven. 7mate won Perth.

Seven leads Nine and Ten everywhere bar Perth where its Ten second and Nine third. The rankings in Sydney and Brisbane could change after the third and final Origin game on Nine tonight.

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

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Nine staged the EJ Whitten Legends AFL Game in Melbourne where it did well. They will watch anything in the south, so long as it has a pair of short shorts, a sleeveless jumper and they kick a funny shaped football. Seven won nationally. Nine will be closer after tonight.

  • Australia’s Got Talent had a national audience of 2.195 million (639,000 in regional areas, 1.556 million in the metros).
  • MasterChef had a national audience of 1.954 million (458,000 in the regions and 1.496 million in the metros).
  • The Block had a national audience of 1.738 million (364,000 in the regions and 1.374 million in the metros).
  • Winners & Losers had a national audience of 1.686 million (484,000 in the regions and 1.212 million in the metro markets).

All solid once again.

TONIGHT: State of Origin III rugby league on Nine. Then the Tour e France on SBS. Ten has MasterChef, Seven has not much at all, do we really care?

On Sky News, Graham Richardson is interviewing Tony Abbott at 8pm, right up against the State of Origin kick off. Now that is a silly scheduling, or one agreed to by Abbott’s handler in Tony O’Leary who doesn’t want Abbott to do this interview tonight. The thinking is, who will watch with Origin on Nine? Who in the press gallery in Canberra will be volunteered to monitor the Abbott interview. Will it really happen anyway?

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

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