The Winners: An easy night for Seven, which has now won yet another week.

Foreign Correspondent‘s buy-in from the BBC on Syria was one of the best current affairs reports of the year. Startlingly good TV.

  1. Packed to the Rafters (Seven) (8.30pm) — 1.546 million
  2. The X Factor (Seven) (7.30pm) — 1.486 million
  3. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.185 million
  4. Seven News (6pm) — 1.183 million
  5. Home and Away (Seven) (7pm) — 1.097 million
  6. NCIS (Ten) (8.30pm) — 1.062 million
  7. Two and a Half Men (Nine) (8.30pm) — 1.034 million
  8. Nine News (6pm) — 1.003 million

The Losers: Nine. The Joy of Sets at 9pm, 488,000. Survivor South Pacific, 437,000 at 9.30pm.

News & CA: Hot Seat beat Deal or No Deal in Sydney by a huge 70,000 viewers. Thus, Nine News and A Current Affair won Sydney, but lost the rest to Seven News and Today Tonight.

On Tracy Grimshaw’s second night back, the ACA national audience slipped under a million viewers.

Foreign Correspondent last night might have used a BBC program, but it was real current affairs, unlike the pap Seven and Nine serve up at 6.30pm Monday to Friday. The bravery of the Syrians was inspiring.

  1. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.185 million
  2. Seven News (6pm) — 1.183 million
  3. Nine News (6pm) — 1.003 million
  4. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 953,000
  5. ABC News (7pm) — 882,000
  6. The 7pm Project (Ten) (7pm) — 691,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) (7.30pm) — 639,000 (+ 21,000 on News 24 simulcast)
  8. Ten News (5pm) — 487,000
  9. 6.30 with George Negus (Ten) (6.30pm) — 314,000
  10. Insight (SBS) (7.30pm) — 213,000
  11. SBS News (9.30pm) — 159,000
  12. Lateline (ABC) (10.30pm) — 147,000
  13. SBS News (6.30pm) — 130,000
  14. Lateline Business (ABC) (11.05pm) — 82,000 (+ 18,000 on News 24 at 8.30pm)

In the morning:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) (7am) — 359,000
  2. Today (Nine) (7am) — 354,000

The Stats:

  • FTA: Seven (three channels) won with a share of 34.4%, from Nine (three) on 24.5%, Ten was on (three), 23.3%, the ABC (four) was on 13.2% and SBS (two) was on 4.5%. Seven leads the week on 31.8% from Nine on 27.8% and Ten with 21.1%.
  • Main Channel: Seven won with a share of 27.5% from Nine on 17.9%, Ten on 17.6%, ABC 1 was on 9.4% and SBS ONE was on 4.5%. Seven leads the week with 24.5% from Nine on 21.5% and Ten on 15.7%.
  • Digital: GO and 7TWO shared the win with a share of 3.8% each, with Eleven on 3.6%, 7mate on 3.2%, Gem on 2.8%, ABC 2 was on 2.5%, ONE was on 2.1%, SBS ONE was on 1.1% and News 24 and ABC 3 were on 0.7% each. That’s an FTA viewing share last night of 24.3%. 7TWO leads the week with 4.1%, from GO on 3.6% and 7mate and Eleven on 3.2% each.

Pay TV: Seven (three channels) won with a share of 28.6% from Nine (three) on 20.4%, Ten (three) was on 19.4%, pay TV (200-plus channels) was on 14.2%, the ABC (four) was on 11.0% and SBS (two) ended on 3.8%. The 15 FTA channels had an 85.8% share of TV viewing in prime time last night. The 10 digital channels had a share of 20.3% and the five main channels had a share of 65.5%.

The five most-watched pay TV channels were:

  1. Fox 8 (3.43%;)
  2. Lifestyle (2.33%)
  3. TV 1 (2.08%)
  4. UKTV (1.98%)
  5. Fox Sports 1 (1.68%)

The five most-watched pay TV programs were:

  1. Football: World Cup qualifier, Australia v Oman (Fox Sports 1) — 126,000
  2. Kim’s Fairytale Wedding Part 1 (E!) — 87,000
  3. Family Guy (Fox 8) — 60,000
  4. Coronation Street (UKTV) — 59,000
  5. EastEnders (UKTV) — 55,000

Regional: Prime/7Qld (three channels) won with a share of 35.5% from WIN/NBN (three) on 24.2%, SC Ten (three) was on 23.3%, the ABC (four) was on 12.8% and SBS (two) ended on 4.5%. Prime/7Qld won the main channels with 26.7%, with WIN/NBN and SC Ten both on 17.0%. 7TWO won the digitals with 3.6%, from 7mate on 3.9% and Eleven on 3.8%. The 10 digital channels had an FTA prime time share last night of 27.0%. Prime/7Qld leads the week with 34.0% from WIN/NBN on 27.7%.

The five most-watched TV programs in regional markets were:

  1. Packed to the Rafters — 773,000
  2. The X Factor — 673,000
  3. Seven News — 528,000
  4. A Current Affair — 518,000
  5. Home and Away — 500,000

Major Markets: Seven won every market, overall and in the main channels. Nine and Ten were second and third everywhere bar Perth where Ten got up and pushed Nine into third. 7TWO won Melbourne and Adelaide. GO won Sydney and shared Brisbane with Eleven. 7mate won Perth. Nine still leads Seven and Ten in Sydney. Seven leads Nine and Ten in the other four markets.

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

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Nothing really to say except Seven dominated. Nine though remains very solid in Sydney and that’s Seven’s weakest link, with the 5.30-7pm timeslots the heart of the problem.

The 126,000 audience on Fox Sports for last night’s World Cup qualifier won by Australia follows the very solid 153,000 figure for Saturday night’s A League opening game between Sydney and Melbourne (with Harry Kewell and Brett Emerton the stars for Melbourne and Sydney respectively).

And last Sunday’s SANFL grand final averaged 87,000 viewers on ABC 1 in Adelaide. Sounds small, but it was the 10th most-watched program in Adelaide on Sunday. But will that be enough to keep in on the ABC given the cost cutting going on?

The five most-watched programs nationally last night were:

  1. Packed to the Rafters — 2.320 million
  2. The X Factor — 2.158 million
  3. Seven News — 1.713 million
  4. Home and Away — 1.597 million
  5. NCIS — 1.530 million.

Tonight: CSI on Nine. The One: Australia’s Most Gifted Psychic on Seven. SBS has an interesting series on the Amazon starting at 7.30 called Amazon with Bruce Parry. The ABC is the place to be with Spicks & Specks, Gruen Planet and the second episode of The Hamster Wheel.

The last episode of the $25 million The Renovators for two hours from 7.30pm on Ten. That tells us what a flop it has been. Usually these big reality shows (think MasterChef or The Biggest Loser) finish on a Sunday night which is the biggest viewing night of the week. (Nine did finish The Farmer Wants a Wife in its Monday evening timeslot, but Mondays are at least the second heaviest night of TV viewing).

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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