The Winners: Seven’s night as Nine fell back to earth. The Farmer Wants a Wife did well for Nine. It’s back at 7.30pm on Wednesday as Nine needs content. Body of Proof on Seven at 8.30pm (episode 1) had 833,000 viewers. Rescue Special Ops on Nine at 8.30pm, 866,000. Four Corners at 8.30pm, 876,000. Can of Worms on Ten, 610,000.

  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.387 million
  2. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.347 million
  3. The Farmer Wants a Wife (Nine) (7.30pm) — 1.169 million
  4. Nine News (6pm) — 1.152 million
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 1.132 million
  6. Border Security (Seven) (7.30pm) — 1.076 million
  7. Home and Away (Seven) (7pm) — 1.021 million

The Losers: The Renovators, again, 611,000 at 7.30pm.

News & CA: Seven News again lost Sydney to Nine News, but won the rest. Today Tonight drew Sydney with ACA, lost Melbourne to ACA, won the rest. 6.30 with George Negus dipped very sharply, losing more than 100,000 viewers from last Monday (449,000). It that turns into a trend, it’s curtains for the show.

  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.387 million
  2. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.347 million
  3. Nine News (6pm) — 1.152 million
  4. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 1.132 million
  5. ABC News (7pm) — 965,000
  6. Four Corners (ABC) (8.30pm) — 876,000
  7. Media Watch (ABC) (9.20pm) — 810,000
  8. Australian Story (ABC) (8pm) — 806,000
  9. 7.30 (ABC) (7.30pm) — 664,000
  10. The 7pm Project (Ten) (7pm) — 644,000
  11. Q&A (ABC) (9.35pm) — 591,000
  12. Ten News (5pm) — 532,000
  13. 6.30 with George Negus (Ten) (6.30pm) — 331,000
  14. Lateline (ABC) (10.30pm) — 282,000
  15. Late News/Sports Tonight (Ten) (10.30pm) — 183,000
  16. Lateline Business (ABC) (11.05pm) — 168,000
  17. SBS News (6.30pm) — 159,000
  18. SBS  News (9.30pm) — 99,000

In the morning:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) (7am) — 377,000
  2. Today (Nine) (7am) — 366,000

The Stats:

  • FTA: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 30.7%, from Nine (3) on 29.2%, from the ABC (4) with 18.6%, Ten (3) was on 17.1% and SBS (2) ended with 4.4%. Nine leads the week with 38.7% from Seven on 28.2% with Ten on 14.6% and the ABC on 14.3%.
  • Main Channel: Seven won a more narrow victory with 21.8% from Nine on 21.4%, ABC 1 was third with 14.8%, Ten was on 11.5% and SBS ONE ended on 3.8%. Nine leads the week on 32.6% from Seven on 20.4%, ABC 1 on 11.3% and Ten on 9.8%.
  • Digital: GO won with a share of 4.7%, from 7TWO on 4.6%, 7mate on 4.3%, Eleven on 3.8%, Gem on 3.1%, ABC 2 was on 2.3%, ONE was on 1.8%, News 24 was on 0.9% and ABC 3 and SBS TWO were on 0.6% each. That’s an FTA viewing share of 26.7% for the 10 digital channels. 7TWO and 7mate lead the week with 3.9% each, with GO on 3.5%.
  • Pay TV: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 25.1% from Nine (3) on 23.8%, pay TV (200-plus channels) was third on 15.7%, the ABC (4) was on 15.2%, Ten (3) was on 14.0% and SBS (2) was on 3.6%. The 15 FTA channels had an 84.3% share of TV viewing last night. The 10 digital channels were on 21.9%, the five main channels, 62.4%.
  • Regional: WIN/NBN (3 channels) won with a share of 33.4%, from Prime/7Qld (3) 29.8%, the ABC (4) was third with 17.2%, SC Ten (3) was on 15.0% and SBS (2) was on 4.6%. WIN/NBN won the main channels with 26.4% from Prime/7Qld on 20.1%, ABC 1 was on 13.2% and Ten was on 10.7%. 7TWO and 7mate won the digitals with 4.9% each and GO was on 4.8%. The 10 digital channels had a total FTA viewing share of 25.5%. WIN/NBN; lead the week on 40.0% from Prime/7Qld on 28.7%.

Major Markets: Nine won Melbourne overall and in the main channels, with Seven second and the ABC third. Seven overall and in the main channels in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. Nine was second and Ten and the ABC shared third. The ABC pushed Ten out of third in every market in the main channels. GO won Sydney and drew Brisbane with 7mate. 7TWO won Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. Nine leads Seven and the ABC in Sydney and Melbourne, in Brisbane and Adelaide, Ten is third. In Perth, Seven has already regained the lead from Nine. No halo there for Nine.

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

Glenn Dyer’s comments: For the second Monday night in a row the ABC was more popular (and watchable, in the eyes of viewers) than Ten. Not a good look.

There was a 89,000 difference in favour of Hot Seat on Nine, over Seven’s Deal or No Deal at 5.30pm, the prime news lead-in program. In Sydney, where Seven has been losing badly and getting low numbers, the gap was 50,000.

Is Nine desperate and can’t find good programming to fill holes in its schedule, or is it resting on Sunday night’s big numbers for The Block and the new series of Underbelly? After The Farmer Wants a Wife on Wednesday night it slips a repeat of The Mentalist into the 8.30pm slot — that program has already slid in the ratings and been canned in the US. On Thursday night, viewers can look forward to three repeat episodes of The Big Bang Theory from 7pm to 8.30pm.

Tonight: Packed to the Rafters returns to Seven before the final episode of Winners & Losers for the first series at 9.30pm. Seven also has Four Weddings at 7.30pm, so a strong female skewing line-up. SBS has Insight at 7.30pm. Ten has Modern Family at 8pm. Nine’s highlight is Top Gear fresh at 8.30pm and a repeat at 10pm. That’s lazy programming.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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