The Winners: Seven won All People. Nine and Seven tied the main channels, the night was pretty dreary. Only three programs above a million viewers, all on Seven and all before 7.30pm — that tells us just how weak the night was for viewers.

  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.196 million
  2. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.178 million
  3. Home And Away (Seven) (7pm) — 1.043 million

The Losers: Us viewers, given the so-so offerings last night. The NRL Footy Show was another collection of embarrassments.

News & CA: Nine News won Sydney by 27,000, despite Deal Or No Deal beating Nine’s Hot Seat by 14,000: a 41,000 turnaround in Sydney last night at 6 o’clock. A message there for Seven.

Another big hiding Seven News against Nine in Melbourne, which won by 104,000 viewers.

ACA lost every market to Today Tonight and ACA is now up to 13 nights in a row under the million viewer mark and will have its 14th tonight.

In the mornings, Sunrise added viewers and Today surprisingly slipped back to 327,000, which is where it seems to have been trending for the past couple of weeks, except for the odd breakout like Wednesday morning. Strange because there’s not much between the two.

Lateline Business was again the most-watched program on News 24 last night and yesterday, after finishing well behind on Wednesday night. Perhaps it was the market turmoil.

  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.196 million
  2. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.178 million
  3. Nine News (6pm) — 885,000
  4. ABC News (7pm) — 856,000
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 812,000
  6. The 7pm Project (Ten, 7 -7.30pm) — 649,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) (7.30pm) — 619,000 (+ 35,000 on News 24 simulcast)
  8. Ten News (5pm) — 500,000
  9. 6.30 with George Negus (Ten) (6.30pm) — 383,000
  10. Lateline (ABC) (10.30pm) — 183,000
  11. Late News/Sports Tonight (Ten) (11.30pm) — 175,000
  12. SBS News (9.30pm) — 147,000
  13. SBS News (6.30pm) — 115,000
  14. Lateline Business (ABC) (11.05pm) — 101,000 (+ 37,000 on News 24 at 8.30pm)

In the morning:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) (7am) — 393,000
  2. Today (Nine) (7am) — 327,000

The Stats:

  • FTA: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 30.6% from Nine (3) on 27.6%, Ten (3) 22.1%, the ABC (4) was on 14.8% and SBS (2) ended with 4.9%. Seven leads the week with 32.8% from Nine on 27.3 and Ten on 19.4%.
  • Main Channel: Nine and Seven tied the night with a share of 21.5%, from Ten on 16.2%, ABC 1 was on 10.8% and SBS ONE finished with 4.3%. Seven leads the week with 24.9% from Nine on 21.4% and Ten on 13.6%.
  • Digital: 7TWO won with a share of 4.9% from 7mate on 4.2%, Eleven which was on 4.1%, GO and Gem were on 3.1% each, ABC 2 finished with 2.7%, ONE was on 1.8%, SBS TWO and News 24 ended with 0.7% each and ABC 3 was on 0.6%. That’s an FTA viewing share last night of 25.9%. 7TWO leads the week with 4.4% from Eleven on 3.8% and 7mate on 3.5%.
  • Pay TV: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 25.0%, from Nine (3) on 22.6, Ten (3) was on 18.0%, pay TV (200-plus channels) was on 15.4%, the ABC (4) ended with 12.1% and SBS (2) ended on 4.0%. The 15 FTA channels had a viewing share in prime time of 84.6%, made up of 21.0% for the 10 digital channels and 63.6% for the five main channels.
  • Regional: Prime/7Qld (3 channels) won with a share of 30.8% from WIN/NBN (3) on 27.9%, with SC Ten (3) on 22.3%, the ABC (4) was on 14.0% and SBS (2) ended on 4.2%. Prime/7Qld won the main channels with 21.2% from WIN/NBN on 20.9%. 7mate won the digitals with 5.0%, from 7TWO on 4.7% and Eleven on 4.2%. the 10 digital channels had an DTA share last night of 28.4%. Prime/7Qld leads the week on 33.3% from WIN/NBN on 29.1%. WIN/NBN’s NRL finals tonight and tomorrow night should she that gap closed. The five most watched programs in regional markets were: 1. Seven News — 481,000 2. Home and Away — 436,000; 3. ACA — 434,000; 4. Nine News — 422,000; 5. Beauty and The Geek — 362,000.

The five most watched pay TV channels were:

  1. Fox 8 (3.76%)
  2. Lifestyle (2.52%)
  3. TV1 (2.28%)
  4. 111 Hits (1.91%)
  5. Nickelodeon (1.78%)

The five most watched pay TV programs were:

  1. Glee (Fox 8) — 128,000
  2. AFL: AFL Teams (Fox Sports 1) — 98,000
  3. The Simpsons (Fox 8) — 92,000
  4. Eastenders (UKTV) — 78,000
  5. NCIS (TV1) — 73,000

Major Markets: Seven won overall from Nine and Ten in all five metro markets. But in the main channels it was a different story. Seven won Sydney and Perth. Nine won Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane. 7TWO won the digitals in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. Eleven won Brisbane and 7mate won Perth. Seven leads in all five metro markets from Nine and Ten. But by tomorrow night Nine should have won Sydney and Brisbane with the two prime time NRL finals. Seven will have won Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.

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

Glenn Dyer’s comments: No highlights last night, although there were some lowlights, but mostly midlights.

The Footy Shows on Nine at 9.30pm: 753,000 nationally, 309,000 for the AFL one in Melbourne, 133,000 for the NRL one in Sydney and 124,000 for the NRL in Brisbane (the Brisbane Broncos are playing tonight so there was a flicker of interest).

The five most-watched programs nationally were:

  1. Seven News — 1.753 million
  2. Home and Away — 1.541 million
  3. Today Tonight — 1.487 million
  4. Nine News — 1.353 million
  5. Beauty and The Geek Australia — 1.324 million.

Tonight: AFL and NRL on Seven and Nine. Both great matches. Ten has The Renovators after The 7pm Project. The ABC has a new UK crime series called Scott and Bailey. SBS has a documentary in the battle to control polio called As it Happened: The Polio Crusade. Fox Sports and Nine have the Wallabies versus the US in the Rugby World Cup.

Saturday: AFL in the arvo on Ten, NRL on Nine at night. More Rugby World Cup on Fox Sports and Nine (New Zealand v France). Dr Who and Monroe on the ABC, Taggart on 7TWO. Ten has a Back To The Future movie at night (and not the AFL, as in some advance Sydney guides). SBS repeats the charming The Secret Life of Dogs. In Sydney the Sydney rugby union grand final is on the ABC at 3pm.

Sunday: No footy, except post-mortem programs on Seven, Nine and the ABC. There’s the morning chats. Underbelly: Razor and 60 Minutes on Nine. Sunday Night and Wild Boys on Seven. Bones is marked as a repeat at 8.30pm. Ten starts Junior MasterChef at 7.30pm after The Renovators at 6.30pm. Both will be a big test for Ten. Ten also has a fresh NCIS at 8.30pm from the US. That is an act of desperation, as is Nine’s quick turnarounds of Two and A Half Men and other programs (such as the latest Survivor later next week). The ABC starts Alex McCall Smith’s great series The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency at 8.30pm (it’s written by Four Weddings and a Funeral‘s Richard Curtis). SBS has Dateline at 8.30pm.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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