The Winners: Seven’s night, easily, All People and the demos.

The documentary Children of 9/11 on Ten at 9.30pm, 395,000. Poor. Viewers don’t want it or the other programs to come.

The Cutting Edge documentary 9/11: The Day That Changed the World at 8.30pm on SBS did better, relative to Ten, with 393,000 viewers (which is a high figure for SBS).

  1. The X Factor (Seven) (7.30pm) — 1.636 million
  2. Packed to the Rafters (Seven) (8.30pm) — 1.624 million
  3. Seven News (6pm) — 1.236 million
  4. Home and Away (Seven) (7pm) — 1.206 million
  5. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.154 million
  6. Nine News (6pm) — 1.105 million

The Losers: Nine and Ten, again. Under Surveillance on Nine at 8.30pm. A documentary on a notorious Sydney drug case. Just 635,000 viewers.

Top Gear Australia was shifted from 8.30 to 9.30pm. It naturally did worse, just 439,000 viewers. The curse of a local version of this UK program strikes again for a second time at Nine. It hurt SBS when it had the rights. Nine has lost heaps on the Top Gear contract. It spent millions snatching the rights from SBS, including the back catalogue, and then found its popularity was waning, and it has to do local versions under the deal with BBC Worldwide.

The Renovators, on Ten at 8-8.30pm, 667,000.

News & CA: Nine News and ACA won Sydney and Melbourne because Hot Seat had 60,000 margins over Deal Or No Deal at 5.30pm in both markets.

Seven News and TT won the rest.

  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.236 million
  2. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.154 million
  3. Nine News (6pm) — 1.105 million
  4. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 954,000
  5. ABC News (7pm) — 942,000
  6. The 7PM Project (Ten) (7pm) — 715,000
  7. Foreign Correspondent (ABC) (8pm) — 635,000
  8. Ten News (5pm) — 590,000
  9. 7.30 (ABC) (7.30pm) — 533,000
  10. 6.30 with George Negus (Ten) (6.30pm) — 407,000
  11. SBS News (9.30pm) — 252,000
  12. Insight (SBS) (7.30pm) — 252,000
  13. Late News/Sports Tonight (Ten) (11pm) — 236,000
  14. Lateline (ABC) (10.35pm) — 208,000
  15. SBS News (6.30pm) — 178,000
  16. Lateline Business (ABC) (11.10pm) –139,000

In the morning:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) (7am) — 386,000
  2. Today (Nine) (7am) — 311,000

The Stats:

  • FTA: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 35.9% from Nine (3) on 22.0%, Ten (3) was on 19.5%, the ABC (4) was on 14.9% and SBS (2) ended with 7.6%. Seven leads the week with 34.2% from Nine on 26.4% and Ten on 18.8%.
  • Main Channel: Seven won with a share of 28.8% from Nine on 16.7%, Ten was on 14.2%, ABC 1 was on 11.3% and SBS ONE was on 6.6%. Seven leads the week with 27.0% from Nine on 20.5% and Ten on 13.7%.
  • Digital: 7TWO and 7mate shared the win with 3.6% each, with Eleven just behind on 3.5%, GO was on 2.7%, Gem was on 2.6%, ABC 2 was on 2.4%, ONE was on 1.8%, SBS Two was on 1.0% and News 24 ended on 0.6% and ABC 3 was on 0.5%. That’s an FTA viewing share of 22.3%. &TWO leads the week with 3.9% from 7mate and GO on 3.3% each and Eleven on 3.1%.
  • Regional: Prime/7Qld (3 channels) won with a share of 38.1%, from WIN/NBN (3) on 22.1%, SC Ten (3) was on 19.5%, the ABC (4) was on 13.3% and SBS (2) was on 7.1%. Prime/7Qld won the main channels with 30.6%, from WIN/NBN on 16.3%. The digitals were won by 7TWO on 4.1% from Eleven on 3.6% and with 7mate on 3.4%. The 10 digital channels had an FTA share of prime time viewing last night of 24.0%. Prime/7Qld leads the week with 35.8% from WIN/NBN on 28.2%.

Pay TV: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 29.6% from Nine (3) on 18.2%, Ten (3) was on 16.1%, pay TV (200-plus channels) was on 15.4%, the ABC (4) was on 12.3% and SBS (2) ended on 6.3%. The 15 FTA channels had an 84.6% share of prime time TV viewing last night. That was made up of 18.4% for the 10 digital channels, with the five main channels sharing 66.2%.

In pay TV, the most watched channels were:

  1. Fox 8 (3.12%)
  2. Fox Sports 1 (2.68%)
  3. TV 1 (2.13%)
  4. Lifestyle (2%)
  5. Fox Classics (1.95%)

The top five programs were:

  • NRL: Dally M Awards (Fox Sports 1) — 192,000
  • The Simpsons (Fox 8) — 109,000
  • Family Guy (Fox 8) — 100,000
  • Futurama (Fox 8) — 88,000
  • EastEnders (UKTV) — 78,000

Major Markets: It was Seven from Nine and Ten overall and in the main channels in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. In Adelaide and Perth it was Seven from Ten and Nine. GP won the digitals in Sydney, 7TWO won Melbourne and Adelaide outright, as did 7mate in Brisbane. In Perth, 7TWO, 7mate and Eleven shared the win. Seven leads everywhere from Nine and Ten.

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

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Seven’s night and week. Nothing more to say.

Nationally two programs with 2 million or more viewers.

  • The X Factor had 2.402 million viewers with 766,000 in the regions (No.1), and 1.636 million in the five metro markets.
  • Packed to the Rafters had 2.387 million viewers with 763,000 in the regions (No.2) and 1.624 million in the metros.
  • Seven News was third with 1.752 million viewers, with 516,000 in the regions ( No.5) and 1.236 million in metro markets.
  • Home and Away had 1.716 million viewers with 510,000 in the regions (No.6) and 1.206 million in metro markets.
  • Nine News was fifth with 1.631 million viewers, with 526,000 in the regions (No.3) and 1.105 million in the regions.

Tonight: The ABC with Spicks and Specks and The Gruen Transfer. The ABC also starts At Home With Julia at 9.30pm. Go to bed instead.

Seven has The X Factor. Ten has Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation.

Nine has The Mentalist, but it’s fading and a repeat. Nine is a tragic wasteland tonight except for RPA at 9.30. Nine started an appalling program called Same Name at 7.30 last week. It has now joined Camelot in the “boned” stakes after one screening. Two in 10 days, surely a record. Tonight, Nine shows Ocean Giants at 7.30 from its documentary vault.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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