The Winners: Seven’s night, as it led from 6.30-8.30 and then from 9.30. Seven won All People, but it was very close in the demos.

Underbelly: Razor won Sydney for Nine last night, along with the 6pm News, which was strong. Underbelly: Razor won the 8.30 slot nationally. At 9.30 Seven moved back into the lead with Castle, which had 981,000 viewers across the hour.

  1. Wild Boys (Seven) (7.30pm) — 1.674 million
  2. Underbelly: Razor (Nine) (8.30pm) — 1.550 million
  3. Sunday Night (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.474 million
  4. Nine News (6pm) — 1.406 million
  5. Seven News (6pm) — 1.392 million
  6. Bones (Seven) (8.30pm — 1.212 million
  7. 60 Minutes (Nine) (7.30pm) — 1.117 million

The Losers: Ten and the ABC simply squeezed last night between Wild Boys and Underbelly: Razor on Seven and Nine.

The Renovators at 6.30pm, 517,000. Squashed by Sunday Night and viewer indifference.

News & CA: Nine News won Brisbane and Sydney, thanks to the NRL. Seven won the rest.

The Bolt Report rose 65,000 at 10.30am, but lost more ground at 4.30pm. Meet The Press jumped to 120,000 which was close to,  if not, its best figures.

It’s no wonder Ten is cutting local weekend news broadcasts and running a 90-minute bulletin from 5pm to 6.30pm. Yesterday’s figures for the 5-6pm broadcasts were appalling. For the second time in three Sundays, it had fewer than 300,000 viewers. The expanded national bulletin won’t change that very much, just plug a difficult 90 minutes with a cost-saving national broadcast Ten does something similar with 90 minutes of news from 5-6.30pm Monday to Friday in each state.

  1. Sunday Night (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.474 million
  2. Nine News (6pm) — 1.406 million
  3. Seven News (6pm) — 1.392 million
  4. 60 Minutes (Nine) (7.30pm) — 1.117 million
  5. ABC News (7pm) — 723,000
  6. Ten News (5pm) — 294,000
  7. Ten Evening News (6pm) — 290,000
  8. SBS News (6.30pm) — 195,000
  9. Dateline (SBS) (8.30pm) — 177,000
  10. The Bolt Report (Ten) (4.30pm) — 98,000

In the morning:

  1. Weekend Sunrise (Seven) (8am) — 327,000
  2. Weekend Today (Nine) (8am) — 287,000
  3. Insiders (ABC) (9am) — 188,000
  4. The Bolt Report (Ten) (10am) — 168,000
  5. Meet The Press (Ten) (10.30am) — 120,000
  6. Offsiders (ABC) (10.30am) — 115,000
  7. Inside Business (ABC) (10am) — 103,000

The Stats:

  • FTA: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 35.2% from Nine (3) on 30.8%, with Ten (3) on 16.7%, the ABC (4) was on 11.8% and SBS (2) ended on 5.4%.
  • Main Channel: Seven won with a share of 29.2% from Nine on 25.6%, Ten was on 11.8%, ABC 1, 9.4 and SBS ONE, 3.6%.
  • Digital: 7TWO won with a share of 3.4% from GO on 2.9%, ONE and 7mate were on 2.6% each, Gem was on 2.4%, Eleven was on 2.3%, ABC 2 was on 1.3%, SBS TWO was on 1.8%, News 24, 0.7% and ABC 3, 0.4%. The 10 digitals had a total FTA viewing share last night of 20.2%.
  • Regional: Prime/7Qld (3 channels) won with a share of 37.3% % from WIN/NBN (3) on 31.7%, SC Ten (3) was on 15.3%, the ABC (4) was on 10.3% and SBS (2) was on 5.4%. Prime/7Qld won the main channels on 29.7% from WIN/NBN on 25.5%. 7TWO won the digitals with 4.5%, from GO on 4.1% and 7mate on 3.1%. The 10 digital channels had an FTA viewing share of 25.5%.

Pay TV: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 28.9%, from Nine (3) on 25.3%, pay TV (200-plus channels) was on 15.8%, Ten (3) was on 13.7%, the ABC (4) was on 9.7% and SBS (2) ended on 4.4%. The 15 FTA channels had an 84.2% share of TV viewing last night. The 10 digital channels had a share of 16.7%, the five main channels, 67.5%.

In pay TV, the most watched programs were:

  1. AFL: Richmond v Nth Melbourne (220,000)
  2. NRL: Roosters v Storm (201,000)
  3. NRL Bulldogs v Raiders (184,000)
  4. AFL: After The Game (135,000)
  5. The Simpsons (100,000)

The top five most watched pay TV channels (2am to 2am) were:

  1. Fox Sports 2 (4.09%)
  2. Fox Sports 1 (4.08%)
  3. Fox 8 (2.87%)
  4. TV1 (2.32%)
  5. Showtime Premiere (1.67%)

Major Markets: Nine won Sydney from Seven and Ten overall and in the main channels, thanks to Underbelly: Razor and the 6pm News. Seven won the rest with Nine and Ten in second and third. 7TWO won Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. ONE won Sydney, GO won Brisbane.

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

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Last week, Seven won easily. It won overall, main channels and digital channels. Prime/7Qld won the regional markets, overall, main channels and digital.

Last night, Seven debuted Wild Boys, a PG-rated bushranger series and it did its duty as a ratings contender.

Nine’s Underbelly: Razor shed 216,000 viewers last night from the previous week and is now down 1.043 million from the opening night’s two episode average (including the seven-day recording and replays). That is a big audience loss. Except for Sydney, the rest of Australia was off Underbelly: Razor last night (it’s too one dimensional), especially Melbourne, which loved Seven’s bushranger balderdash.

At any rate, the week is over. Seven will win easily with The X Factor on tonight, tomorrow and Thursday nights, and Packed to the Rafters tomorrow night for an added boost.

Nationally, four programs with 2 million or more audiences last night.

  • Seven’s Wild Boys averaged 2.521 million people with 847,000 watching in the regions (No 1) and 1.674 million in the five metro markets.
  • Underbelly: Razor was second with 2.154 million viewers with 530,000 in the regions (4th) and 1.550 million in the metro markets
  • Nine News was third with 2.083 million viewers with 675,000 (2) in the regions and 1.406 million in the metro markets.
  • Fourth was Sunday Night with 2.004 million viewers with 530,000 in the regions (5) and 1.474 million people in metro markets.
  • Seven News was fifth with 1.868 million viewers with 476,000 (6th) in the regions and 1.392 million in the metro markets.
  • Bones was third in the regions with 605,000 people. With the 1.212 million people in metro markets it was 6th nationally with 1.817 million people.

TONIGHT: The usual 4½ hours of news and current affairs on the ABC with the first non-human subject on Australian Story. Seven has The X Factor and then Body Of Proof at 8.30. Nine has The Farmer wants a Wife, which was stretched at an hour, now it continues like drought, for 90 minutes. But that’s entertainment compared with The Renovators on Ten at 7.30. Even the final Can of Worms at 8.30 (which is marked as a repeat, curious), will be more entertaining than The Renovators. SBS has Swift and Shift Couriers at 8.30.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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