The Winners: Seven’s night, in a close battle with Nine.

A certain car race and the Australia-South Africa RWC quarter final disrupted viewing patterns yesterday and last night. Underbelly has stabilised at its current level, Seven’s Wild Boys has steadied under a million at 7.30pm (946,000 last night).

Junior MasterChef on Ten at 6.30pm, 899,000.

  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.411 million.
  2. Sunday Night (Seven, 6.30pm) — 1.288 million.
  3. Underbelly Razor (Nine, 8.30pm) — 1.282 million.
  4. Nine News (6pm) — 1.263 million.
  5. V8 Supercars — Bathurst 1000 (Seven, 7am – 6pm) — 1.212 million.
  6. 60 Minutes (Nine, 7.30pm) — 1.083 million.
  7. Terra Nova (Ten, 8.30pm — 1.028 million.

The Losers: The Renovators on Ten at 7.30pm, 744,000. Ringer on Ten at 9.30pm, 568,000, Person of Interest on Nine in the same time slot, 679,000. Both new programs, but beaten by Seven’s Castle repeat at 9.30pm, 700,000.

News & CA:

  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.411 million.
  2. Sunday Night (Seven, 6.30pm) — 1.288 million.
  3. Nine News (6pm) — 1.263 million.
  4. 60 Minutes (Nine, 7.30pm) — 1.083 million.
  5. ABC1 News (7pm) — 797,000.
  6. Ten News (5pm) — 327,000.
  7. Weekend Today (Nine, 8am) — 294,000.
  8. Landline (ABC1, Noon) — 194,000.
  9. Insiders (ABC1, 9am) — 177,000.
  10. SBS News (6.30pm) — 188,000.
  11. Dateline (SBS1, 8.30pm) — 166,000.
  12. Inside Business (ABC1, 10am) — 124,000.
  13. The Bolt Report (Ten, 10am) — 118,000.
  14. Offsiders (ABC1, 10.30am) — 109,000.
  15. Meet The Press (Ten, 10.30am) — 94,000.
  16. The Bolt Report Encore (Ten, 4.30pm) — 86,000.

Nine News had a big win in Sydney thanks to the Australia-South Africa RWC quarter final as the lead in. In Brisbane, Seven News beat Nine by 138,000 viewers.

Seven News was boosted in some markets (Brisbane and regional Queensland) by the ending of the Bathurst car race.

Sunday Night is now the dominant current affairs program on TV in terms of audiences and solid story content.

The Bolt Report at 10am averaged 118,000, which is what its repeat at 4.30pm averaged a week earlier. The 4.30pm repeat yesterday averaged 86,000, which is what the 10am program averaged a week ago. So in the space of two Sundays, The Bolt Report‘s two broadcasts have had all-time lows.

The Stats:

  • FTA: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 30.0%, from Nine (3) on 29.0%, Ten (3) was on 21.8%, the ABC (3) was on 15.0% and SBS (2) ended on 4.2%.
  • Main Channel: Seven won narrowly with a share of 22.4% from Nine on 22.1%, Ten was on 16.3%, ABC1 was on 12.0% and SBS ONE was on 3.6%.
  • Digital: 7TWO won with a share of 3.9% from GO on 3.7%, 7mate was on 3.6%, Gem was on 3.2%, Eleven was on 2.9%, ONE was on 2.7%, ABC2 was on 1.7%, News 24 was on 0.7% and SBS TWO and ABC3 were on 0.6% each. That’s an FTA viewing share of 23.6% in prime time last night.
  • Pay TV: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 24.3% from Nine (3) on 23.5%, Ten (3) was on 17.7%, Pay TV (200 plus channels) was on 16.4%, the ABC (4) was on 12.1% and SBS (2) ended with 3.4%. The 15 FTA channels had an 83.6% share of TV viewing last night, made up of 19.1% for the 10 digital channels and 64.5% for the five main channels.
  • The five most Pay TV channels last night were: 1. Fox Sports 3, 7.06%; 2. Fox 8, 2.3%; 3. Fox Sports 2, 2.17%; 4. TV1, 1.85%; 5. LifeStyle, 1.56%.
  • The five most watched Pay TV programs were: 1. Aust. v. South Africa (Fox Sports 3), 463,000; 2. NZ v. Argentina (FS 3), 372,000; 3. RWC Centre (FS 3), 259,000; 4. RWC Centre (FS 3), 117,000; 5. RWC Centre (FS 3), 81,000.
  • Regional: Prime/7Qld (3 channels) won with a share of 33.7% from WIN/NBN (3) on 29.3%, with SC Ten (3) on 19.8%, the ABC (4) was on 13.4% and SBS (2) was on 3.7%. Prime/7Qld won the main channels with 25.0% from WIN/NBN on 21.5%. 7TWO won the digitals with 5.0% from GO on 4.2% and Gem on 3.9% thanks to the NZ-Argentina quarter final. The 10 digital channels had an FTA share last night of 25.4%.
  • The five most watched programs in regional markets last night were: 1. Sunday Night, 683,000; 1. Seven News, 683,000; 3. Wild Boys, 585,000; 4. Underbelly Razor, 544,000; 5. Nine News, 508,000.
  • Major Markets: Nine won Sydney overall and in the main channels. Seven beat Nine and Ten overall and in the main channels everywhere else. Gem won the digitals in Sydney (the NZ- Argentina RWC quarter final), 7TWO won Melbourne and Adelaide. GO won Brisbane.

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

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Last week Seven won everywhere bar Sydney where Nine hung onto its Grand Final winning lead from last Sunday night. Seven also won the digital battle narrowing with 7TWO getting up narrowly from GO. Last night’s audience for the Australia-South Africa quarter final was the second highest in Pay TV history in this country, after the 526,000 for the Super Rugby Final (won by the Queensland Reds who beat the NZ Crusaders).

Last night: For the first time since Underbelly Razor started, Nine lost a Sunday night to Seven.

Readers will have noted that Pay TV’s top five was again dominated by football, as it is during the Australian AFL and NRL seasons. This time it was the Rugby World Cup from NZ. The Australia vs South Africa Rugby World Cup quarter final averaged 807,000 viewers in metro markets and 463,000 on Fox Sports across the country. There were a further 93,000 people watching in regional markets. That gave a total of more than 1.36 million people.

The NZ Argentina second quarter final from last night was on Gem in metro markets (but not Perth, which is controlled by WIN) and in regional markets. It averaged 281,000 across the country, but was out-watched by the 372,000 who watched it on Fox Sports on Foxtel and Austar.

The top five programs across the country yesterday were: Seven News, 2.094 million; 2. Sunday Night, 1.973 million; 3. Underbelly Razor, 1.826 million; 4. V8 Supercars (Bathurst 1000), 1.791 million; 5. Nine News, 1.771 million.

TONIGHT: The ABC’s four and a half hours of news and current affairs. Nine has a fresh episode of The Big Bang Theory which will do well, plus The Mentalist. Will it again do as well as the return episode last week? SBS has Swift and Shift Couriers at 8.30pm. Seven has The X Factor. Ten has Junior MasterChef and Undercover Boss Australia. Seven also has a curious program on the Norway massacre from earlier in the year. That’s down to be broadcast at 10pm. Tracy Grimshaw is expected to return to host A Current Affair from tonight.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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