The Winners: A tight night. Seven won All People by the tiniest of margins from Nine, including the digital channels. Just on the main channels the margin was clearer in favour of Seven, whose win was somewhat of a surprise. Ten says it won the 16-39, 18-49 and 25-54 demos. Nine and Ten again didn’t have the firepower to win decisively and put the opposition away, especially Seven.

  1. MasterChef Australia (Ten) (7.30pm) — 1.731 million
  2. The Block (Nine) (6.30pm) — 1.724 million
  3. Seven News (6pm) — 1.706 million
  4. Nine News (6pm) — 1.529 million
  5. Sunday Night (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.442 million
  6. 60 Minutes (Nine) (7.30pm) — 1.293 million
  7. Midsomer Murders (ABC) (8.30pm) — 1.162 million
  8. Bones (Seven) (8.30pm) — 1.008 million

The Losers: Nine’s and Ten’s movies. The Bolt Report in the morning and afternoon on Ten. Great Migrations on Seven at 7.30pm: 695,000.

News & CA: Seven won everywhere bar Sydney where Nine won. The NRL boosted Nine in Sydney, the AFL boosted Seven in Melbourne.

The Bolt Report‘s 10am broadcast had its second lowest audience so far yesterday, and the repeat at 4.30pm had its lowest. Both were down sharply on a week ago. As a result, Meet The Press had its lowest audience since moving from 8am. A poor result for the latter program. Insiders on the ABC clearly dominant.

  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.706 million
  2. Nine News (6pm) — 1.529 million
  3. Sunday Night (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.442 million
  4. 60 Minutes (Nine) (7.30pm) — 1.293 million
  5. ABC News (7pm) — 697,000
  6. Ten Evening News (6pm) — 453,000
  7. Ten News (5pm) — 411,000
  8. SBS News (6.30pm) — 197,000
  9. The Bolt Report (Ten) (4.30pm) — 119,000

In the morning:

  1. Weekend Sunrise (Seven) (8am) — 315,000
  2. Weekend Today (Nine) (8am) — 308,000
  3. Insiders (ABC) (9am) — 194,000 + 38,000 News 24 simulcast
  4. Landline (ABC) (noon) — 168,000
  5. Offsiders (ABC) (10.30am) — 133,000
  6. Inside Business (ABC) (10am) — 129,000
  7. The Bolt Report (Ten) (10am) — 119,000
  8. Meet The Press (Ten) (10.30am) — 67,000

The Stats:

  • FTA: Seven (3 channels) won with 26.9% from Nine (3) on 26.8%, Ten (3) was on 27.5%, the ABC (4), 15.0% and SBS (2), was on 3.8%.
  • Main Channel: Seven won with 21.3% from Nine on 20.9%, Ten with 20.6%, ABC 1, 13.0% and SBS ONE was on 3.3%.
  • Digital: ONE (thanks to the grand prix) won with a share of 4.3% from GO on 3.4%, 7TWO was on 3.0%, Eleven was on 2.6%, Gem was on 2.5% as was 7mate; ABC 2 ended with 1.1%, News 24 and SBS TWO were on 0.5% each and ABC 3 ended with 0.4%. That’s an FTA viewing share of 20.8%.
  • Pay TV: Seven (3 channels) and Nine (3) tied with 22.5%, from Ten (3) on 23.0%, pay TV (200-plus channels) finished with 13.5%, the ABC (4) was on 12.6% and SBS (2) ended with 3.2%. The 15 FTA channels had an 86.5% of prime time viewing last night. The 10 digital channels had a share of 17.4%, the five main channels, 69.1%.
  • Regional: A more definite win for nine with WIN/NBN (3 channels) winning with a share of 30.5% from Prime/7Qld (3) on 25.5%), SC Ten (3) was on 24.1%, the ABC (4) was on 15.9% and SBS (2) ended with 4.0%. WIN/NBN won the main channels with 22.8% from Prime/7Qld on 19.7% and SC Ten was on 17.9%. GO won the digitals with 4.3% from ONE and Gem on 3.5% each. The 10 digital channels had a total FTA viewing share of 22.9% last night.

Major Markets: Nine and Ten drew Sydney overall. Nine won Melbourne. Nine won the main channels in Sydney and Melbourne. Seven won overall and the main channels in Brisbane with Nine second and Ten third. In Adelaide and Perth, Seven won from Nine and Ten. As we saw in the past couple of weeks, The Block is very strong in Melbourne, very solid in Sydney and Brisbane (on Sunday nights especially) and in Adelaide and Perth it’s not quite as strong. MasterChef is now in its monster ratings period as next Sunday’s grand final approaches. In the digitals, ONE won everywhere (sharing Melbourne with 7TWO), thanks to the grand prix  last night.

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

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Seven won All People, but Nine and Ten grabbed the demos. Sydney won Sydney, Adelaide and Perth. Nine won Melbourne and Brisbane. GO won the digitals narrowly from 7TWO. In regional areas, Prime/7Qld won overall, and the main channels, while 7TWO won the digitals.

MasterChef and The Block were monsters, but Ten and Nine forgot about 8.30pm and scheduled dud movies (The Devil Wears Prada repeat on Ten, 673,000, and Angels and Demons on Nine, 558,000, at 8.30pm).

Seven showed a fresh episode of Bones and scored just over a million viewers but was beaten by Midsomer Murders on the ABC with 1.162 million. Ten and Nine, if they had had a decent program at 8.30pm, would have waltzed it in and set up a strong lead for the week.

  • The Block had a national audience of 2.361 million with 637,000 in the regional markets and 1.724 million in the five metro markets.
  • MasterChef had a national audience of 2.303 million with 572,000 viewers in the regions and 1.731 million viewers in the metro markets.
  • Nine News at 6pm had a national audience of 2.139 million with 660,000 viewers in the regions and 1.529 million in the metro markets
  • Seven News at 6pm had a national audience of 2.208 million with 502,000 in the regions and 1.706 million metro viewers.
  • Sunday Night had 1.986 million national viewers (544,000 in the regions and 1.442 million in the metro markets.
  • 60 Minutes had 1.851 million national viewers with 558,000 in the regions and 1.293 million in the five metro markets.

TONIGHT: The ABC’s hours of news and current affairs from 7pm. The Block at 7pm on Nine. MasterChef at 7.30pm for Ten. The final of Seven’s Amazing Race at 9pm. Ten has The Renovators at 8.30pm: it’s a big test this week for this expensive program.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports