The Winners: Seven wins, easily, as Nine goes backwards. The Farmer Wants a Wife shed 200,000 viewers from Monday night to last night’s 965,000. That was much better than the 536,000 for the repeat of The Mentalist at 8.30pm instead of Top Design which was pushed to Gem at 8.30pm and averaged 106,000, which is close to being invisible.

Spicks and Specks at 8.30pm on ABC 1, 950,000. Poh’s Kitchen on the Road at 8pm on the ABC, 611,000. Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation on Ten at 8.30pm, 793,000.

  1. Seven News — 1.349 million
  2. Today Tonight (Seven, 6.30 – 7 pm) — 1.247 million
  3. World’s Strictest Parents (Seven, 7.30 – 9 pm) — 1.120 million
  4. Nine News — 1.10 million
  5. Home and Away (Seven, 7 – 7.30 pm) — 1.097 million
  6. The Gruen Transfer (ABC 1, 9 – 9.30 pm) — 1.017 million

The Losers: Nine, from 7.30pm onwards last night. RPA on Nine at 9.30pm, 448,000. The end is night, I feel …

News & CA: Nine News and A Current Affair won Sydney and Brisbane. Seven News and TT won the rest. TT beat ACA in Melbourne by 130,000 viewers and Seven News won by 107,000, unusually large margins. 6.30 with George Negus added more viewers last night, but is still short of the 400,000 mark. Times are tough, even though it has had some genuine scoops this week.

  1. Seven News — 1.349 million
  2. Today Tonight (Seven, 6.30 – 7 pm) — 1.247 million
  3. Nine News — 1.10 million
  4. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 991,000
  5. ABC News (7pm) — 990,000
  6. The 7pm Project (Ten) (7pm) — 769,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) (7.30pm) — 655,000
  8. Ten News (5pm) — 565,000
  9. 6.30 with George Negus (Ten) (6.30pm) — 391,000
  10. Lateline (ABC) (10.30pm) — 237,000
  11. Late News/Sports Tonight (Ten) (10.40pm) — 216,000
  12. SBS News (6.30pm) — 173,000
  13. SBS News 1 (9.30pm) 124,000
  14. Lateline Business (ABC) (11.05pm) — 106,000

In the morning:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) (7am) — 398,000
  2. Today (Nine) (7am) — 364,000

The Stats:

  • FTA: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 32.5%, from Nine (3) on 23.1%, with Ten (3) on 21.3%, the ABC (4) was on 18.5% and SBS (2) ended on 4.6%. Nine leads the week on 31.7%, from Seven on 31.1% and Ten on 17.6%.
  • Main Channel: Seven won with 23.5% from Nine on 17.0%, Ten was on 14.5%, ABC 1 was on 14.4% and SBS ONE was on 3.6%. Nine still leads the week with 25.3% from Seven on 23.1%, Ten on 12.1% and the ABC on 11.9%.
  • Digital: 7TWO won with a share of 4.6%, from 7mate on 4.4%, Eleven was on 4.3%, GO was on 3.7%, ABC 2 ended on 2.6%, ONE was on 2.5%, Gem was on 2.4%, SBS TWO was on 1.0% and News 24 and ABC 3 ended with 0.7%. The 10 digital channels had an FTA viewing share last night of 26.9%. 7TWO leads the week with 4.1% from 7mate on 3.9% and GO on 3.6%.
  • Pay TV: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 27.0% from Nine (3) on 19.2%, Ten (3) was on 17.6%, the ABC (4) was on 15.3%, Pay TV (200 plus channels) was on 14.6% and SBS (2) ended on 3.8%. The 15 FTA channels had an 85.4% share of TV viewing last night. The 10 digital channels had a share of 22.4% and the five main channels, 63.0%.
  • Regional: A win for Prime/7Qld (3 channels) with 34.1%, from WIN/NBN on 27.6%, SC Ten (3) was on 17.4%, the ABC, (4) was on 16.2%, and SBS (2) ended on 4.6%. Prime/7Qld won the main channels with 23.5% from WIN/NBN on 21.2%, ABC 1 was on 11.9% and SC Ten was on 11.7%. 7mate won the digitals with 5.3%, from 7TWO on 5.2% and Eleven on 4.0%. The 10 digital channels had an FTA viewing share of 28.1%. WIN/NBN still leads the week with 33.3% from Prime/7Qld on 32.2%.

Major Markets: Seven won from Nine and Ten in Sydney and Brisbane. In Melbourne, it was Seven from Nine and Ten, with Ten sharing third with the ABC in the main channels. In Adelaide it was Seven from Ten and Nine overall and Seven from ABC 1 from Nine. In Perth it was Seven from Nine and ABC 1 overall and Seven from ABC 1 and Nine in the main channels. GO won the digitals in Sydney, 7mate won Perth, 7TWO won the rest. Nine leads Seven and Ten in Sydney (a big margin), Melbourne (close), Brisbane (close). in Adelaide and Perth Seven has extended its lead over Nine and Ten.

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

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Seven’s night, easily. Nine seeming has tossed the trowel in this week, its big lead from Sunday night has all but gone (except in Sydney) and contrary to my suggestion on Monday, the week will be much closer than it once seemed. That’s because Nine has failed to consolidate on succeeding nights, except for a brief flare on Monday night with the return of The Farmer Wants a Wife. It sank last night, as did everything else on the network. But it was a weak night of viewing.

The national most watched figures nationally showed no program anywhere near 2 million viewers.

  • Seven News was the most watched program nationally: 1.885 million, 536,000 in the regions and 1.349 million in the metro markets.
  • World’s Strictest Parents on Seven, 1.653 million nationally with 433,000 in regional areas and 1.120 million in the five metro markets.
  • Home and Away had a national audience of 1.576 million with 469,000 regional viewers and 1.097 million in the metro markets.
  • Nine News had a national audience of 1.566 million with 456,000 in the regions and 1.110 million in the metro markets.
  • The Farmer Wants a Wife had a national audience of 1.491 million with 526,000 in the regions and 965,000 in the metro markets.

Tonight: Nine has the latest episode of Hamish & Andy’s Gap Year, after three repeats of The Big Bang Theory. Nine also has the Footy Shows. Psst … Ten has The Renovators. The ABC has Crownies, Seven has Dinner Date Australia followed by a movie, The Proposal, with Sandra Bullock.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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