The Winners: Nine’s night thanks to The Block. Nine’s Rescue Special Ops at 8.30pm, 889,000 and wins the time slot. Four Corners on the ABC at 8.30pm actually ran second for a while with 883,000.

Can of Worms on Ten, 789,000 at 8.30pm. Again it was not helped by following the weak lead in of The Renovators at 7.30pm.

Seven’s Body of Proof, 830,000 and down on last week’s million-plus debut. Starting at 8.40pm probably not a big help. Seven’s feel-good animal special, Wild and Woolly — An Elephant and His Sheep, 908,000 at 7.30pm. Deserved more.

Swift and Shift Couriers returned to SBS at 8.30 pm and averaged 302,000 people.

  1. The Block (Nine) (7pm) — 1.702 million
  2. Seven  News (6pm) — 1.402 million
  3. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.292 million
  4. Nine News (6pm) — 1.213 million
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 1.123 million
  6. The Big Bank Theory (Nine) (8pm) — 1.103 million
  7. Home and Away (Seven) (7pm) — 1.072 million

The Losers: The Renovators, 670,000. Suits on Seven at 9.40pm, 383,000. That’s weak. The second episode at 10.30pm averaged 335,000, which was a better result because fewer people were available to watch it at that time.

News & CA: Seven News won everywhere except Melbourne. Today Tonight had a similar result.

I just loved the TT spoiler on The Block last night. TT‘s lead story was a quick property inspection of three of the four renovated houses in Melbourne.

  1. Seven  News (6pm) — 1.402 million
  2. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.292 million
  3. Nine News (6pm) — 1.213 million
  4. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 1.123 million
  5. Australian Story (ABC) (8pm) — 991,000
  6. ABC News (7pm) — 913,000
  7. Four Corners (ABC) (8.30pm) — 883,000
  8. Media Watch (ABC) (9.15pm) — 774,000
  9. 7.30 (ABC) (7.30pm) — 693,000
  10. The 7pm Project (Ten) (7pm) — 652,000
  11. Q&A (ABC) (9.35pm) — 647,000
  12. Ten News (5pm) — 596,000
  13. 6.30 with George Negus (Ten, 6.30 – 7 pm) — 449,000
  14. Lateline (ABC) (10.30pm) — 288,000
  15. Late News/Sports Tonight (Ten) (10.30pm) — 222,000
  16. SBS News (6.30pm) — 186,000
  17. Lateline Business (ABC) (11.05pm) — 130,000
  18. SBS News (9.30pm) — 119,000

In the morning:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) (7am) — 392,000
  2. Today (Nine) (7am) — 371,000

The Stats:

  • FTA: Nine (3 channels) won with a share of 29.8%, from Seven (3) on 28.7%, with Ten (3) on 18.5%, the ABC (4) was close behind on 18.2% and SBS (2) ended with 4.9%. Nine leads the week with 30.3% from Seven on 28.9%, the ABC is on 18.3% and Ten on 17.8%.
  • Main Channel: Nine had a clear win with 22.7%, with Seven on 19.2%, ABC 1 was on 14.3%, Ten was on 12.8% and SBS ONE finished with 4.2%. Nine leads the week with 23.6% from Seven on 20.9%, ABC 1 is on 15.1% and Ten is back on 12.4%.
  • Digital: 7TWO won with a share of 5.4%, from GO on 4.5%, 7mate was on 4.1%, Eleven was on 4.0%, Gem was on 2.5%, ABC 2, 2.2%, ONE was back on 1.7%, News 24 was on 0.9% and ABC 3 and SBS TWO ended with 0.7% each. That’s a total FTA viewing share of 26.4%. 7TWO leads the week with 4.3%, from GO on 4.1% and 7mate on 3.7%, with Eleven on 3.5%.
  • Pay TV: Nine (3 channels) won with a share of 24.5%, from Seven (3) on 23.6%, Ten (3) was on 15.2%, along with Pay TV (200-plus channels), the ABC (4) was on 14.9% and SBS (2) finished with 4.0%. The 15 FTA channels had an 84.8% share of prime time TV viewing last night. The 10 digital channels had a share of 22.0% and the five main channels, 62.85.
  • Regional: Nine won easily with WIN/NBN (3 channels) on a share of 32.9%, with Prime/7Qld (3) on 29.2%, the ABC (4) ended with 17.9%, SC Ten (3) was on 15.2% and SBS (2) ended on 4.9%. WIN/NBN won the main channels with 25.3% from Prime/7Qld on 19.9%, ABC 1 was on 13.3% and SC Ten was on 3.8%. 7TWO finished on 4.8%, with 7TWO on 4.6% and 7mate was on 4.5%. The 10 digital channels had an FTA share of 27.5% last night. WIN/NBN leads the week with 32.0%, from Prime/7Qld on 29.0%, the ABC on 17.8% and SC Ten was 16.4%.

Major Markets: Nine’s night, but not Ten’s, again. Nine won Melbourne and Adelaide overall and in the main channels. Seven won Sydney and Brisbane overall, Nine won the main channels. In Perth, Seven won overall and the main channels. The ABC was third overall and in the main channels in Perth and Sydney. It was third in the main channels in Brisbane and Adelaide. 7TWO won everywhere but Brisbane where Eleven won the digitals. Nine leads Seven and the ABC in Sydney, in Melbourne it’s Nine from Seven and the ABC. In Brisbane and Adelaide, it’s Seven from Nine and Ten. In Perth it’s Seven from Nine and the ABC.

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

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Another bad night for Ten, though a fraction better than Sunday evening’s disaster. The ABC did better again because it had programs viewers wanted to watch. The Renovators is the cause, as everyone knows. But Ten is stuck with it.

Seven did better overall than it did in the main channels because of the strong performance by its digital channels, 7TWO and 7mate.

  • The Block had a national audience of 2.356 million with 651,000 in regional areas and 1.705 million in the five metro markets.

News: US pay TV group, Scripps Networks Interactive has bought a 50% holding in the popular pay TV channel, UKTV from Virgin Media for £239 million ($US389.3 million) and £100 million for the preferred shares and debt that UKTV owes Virgin. The BBC owns the other 50%. UKTV is one of the most popular pay TV channels on Foxtel and Austar.

Tonight: Winners & Losers on Seven, after Four Weddings and before Dinner Date. Nine has The Block. Ten has Modern Family before The Renovators at 8.30pm for a half an hour (to avoid dragging down Modern Family‘s audience figures). The ABC has Foreign Correspondent and then a documentary on how Japan’s March 11 quake and tsunami occurred, titled Japan Tsunami: How it Happened. SBS has Insight at 7.30pm.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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