The Winners: a now usual Monday night, Seven running on the spot to keep Ten and Nine in sight on the night before consolidating its lead with tonight’s strong offering. Can of Worms on Ten after MasterChef, 911,000.

  1. MasterChef Australia (Ten) (7.30pm) — 1.650 million
  2. Seven News (6pm) — 1.473 million
  3. The Block (Nine) (7pm) — 1.359 million
  4. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.327 million
  5. Nine News (6pm)  — 1.214 million
  6. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 1.161 million
  7. The Amazing Race Australia (Seven) (8.30pm) — 1.124 million
  8. Home and Away (Seven) (7pm) — 1.121 million

The Losers: reasonable choice again last night, judging by the figures. Seven is running dead though with Border Security repeats at 7.30pm and the weak Crash Investigation Unit at 8pm.

News & CA: Nine News and ACA won Sydney and Melbourne. Seven news and TT won the rest. Ten seems to have stopped the 10.30pm repeats of 6.30 with George Negus. It wasn’t on last night and not in the schedule for tonight. Is the program on the way out? The audience has settled around the 430,000 to 480,000 mark for the 6.30pm broadcast, with few noticeable gains in the past couple of weeks. It was averaging from 180,000 to 240,000 in the 10.30pm repeat time slot. Swim or sink time for the program then?

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  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.473 million
  2. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.327 million
  3. Nine News (6pm)  — 1.214 million
  4. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 1.161 million
  5. ABC News (7pm) — 912,000
  6. The 7pm Project (Ten) (7pm) — 802,000
  7. Australian Story (ABC) (8pm) — 740,000
  8. 7.30 (ABC) (7.30pm) — 680,000
  9. Ten News (5pm) — 668,000
  10. Four Corners (ABC) (8.30pm) — 660,000
  11. Media Watch (ABC) (9.15pm) — 641,000
  12. Q&A (ABC) (9.35pm) — 619,000
  13. 6.30 with George Negus (Ten) (6.30pm) — 443,000
  14. Lateline (ABC) (10.30pm) — 291,000
  15. Late News/Sports Tonight (Ten) (10.30pm) — 242,000
  16. SBS News (6.30pm) — 222,000
  17. Lateline Business (ABC) (11.10pm) — 156,000
  18. SBS News (9.30pm) — 124,000

In the morning:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) (7am) — 361,000
  2. Today (Nine) (7am) — 295,000

The Stats:

  • FTA: Seven won (3 channels) with a share of 28.5% from Nine (3) on 26.7%, Ten (3) was on 24%, the ABC, (4) was on 16% and SBS (2) ended with 4.7%. Seven leads the week with 29.3% from Nine on 26.8% and Ten on 24.3%.
  • Main channel: Nine won with 21.1%, from Seven on 20.8%, Ten was on 18%, ABC 1 was on 13% and SBS ONE ended with 4.2%. Seven leads the week with 23% from Nine on 21% and Ten on 19%
  • Digital: Eleven won with a share of 4.3%, from 7TWO on 3.9%, 7mate on 3.8%, GO on 3%, Gem was on 2.7%, ABC 2 was on 1.9%, ONE was on 1.6%, News 24 was on 0.9% and ABC 3 and SBS TWO ended with 0.5% each. That’s a total FTA share last night of 22.9%. Eleven leads with 3.5% from GO on 3.3% and 7mate on 3.2%.
  • Pay TV: Seven (3 channels) won with 23.4% from Nine (3) on 22%, Ten (3) was on 19.7%, pay TV (100-plus channels) ended with 15.3%, the ABC (4) was on 13.2% and SBS (2) was on 3.9%. That’s a share for the 15 FTA channels of 84.7% last night. The 10 digital channels had 19%, the five main channels, 65.7%.
  • Regional: Prime/7Qld (3 channels) won with a share of 30%, from WIN/NBN (3) on 28.4%, from SC Ten (3) on 20.5%, with the ABC (4) on 15.3% and SBS (2) on 5.1%. WIN/NBN won the main channels with 22.5% from Prime/7Qld on 21.3% and SC Ten on 14.6%. The digitals were won by 7TWO on 4.7% from Eleven on 4.2% and 7mate on 4%. The 10 digital channels had an FTA viewing share last night of 25.1%. Prime/7Qld leads the week on 31.1% from WIN/NBN on 27.8%.

Major markets: a mixed night with Seven winning overall in Sydney but losing the main channels to Nine. In Melbourne, Nine won both. But in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, Seven won from Nine and Ten. The digitals were shared: Eleven won Brisbane and Adelaide and shared Perth with 7TWO. 7TWO won Melbourne and 7mate won Sydney. Nine leads Seven and Ten in Sydney. Seven leads Nine and Ten everywhere else.

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

Glenn Dyer’s comments: standard Monday night with MasterChef on and The Block keeping Nine in touch and Seven holding on.

  • MasterChef‘s national audience again was above 2 million last night: 2.297 million with 547,000 in regional markets and the 1.650 million in the metro markets.
  • The Block had a national audience of 1.810 million with 451,000 in the regions and 1.359 million metro viewers.

TONIGHT: Australia’s Got Talent finals and Winner & Losers on Seven. The Block on Nine and MasterChef on Ten. Foreign Correspondent on the ABC.

Top Gear is down to return to Nine at 8.30pm with a fresh episode on the main channel. It will be a test of the franchise to see if it can gather more viewers after fading earlier in the year.

News 24 will carry coverage of the appearance of the Murdochs before a UK Parliamentary Committee from about 11pm. So, two endurance events tonight to watch (the other is the Tour de France on SBS).

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

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