The Winners: Seven’s night, easily.

Home and Away, 969,000 at 7pm, easy winner of the 7pm slot.

The Slap on ABC 1 at 8.30pm, 906,000 and won the 8.30pm slot, and deservedly so. Very good TV.

  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.122 million
  2. Beauty and The Geek Australia (Seven) (7.30pm) — 1.119 million
  3. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.073 million

The Losers: Nine’s special, Michael Jackson and The Doctor: A Fatal Friendship, at 7 pm last night was the flop of the night, the week and perhaps the year. It averaged 572,000.

News & CA: Nine News won Sydney and Melbourne. Seven News was the rest.

Today Tonight beat A Current Affair in all five markets.

In the morning Today just beat Sunrise, but both programs had very solid figures.

  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.122 million
  2. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.073 million
  3. Nine News (6pm ) — 999,000
  4. ABC News (7pm) — 851,000
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 769,000
  6. 7.30 (ABC) (7.30pm) — 657,000 (+21,000 on News 24 simulcast)
  7. The Project (Ten) (6.30pm) — 527,000
  8. Ten News (5pm) — 494,000
  9. Lateline (ABC) (10.30pm) — 222,000
  10. SBS News (6.30pm) — 170,000
  11. SBS News (9.30pm) — 132,000
  12. Lateline Business (ABC) (11.05pm) — 111,000 (+21,000 on News 24 at 8.30pm)

In the morning:

  1. Today (Nine) (7am) — 395,000
  2. Sunrise (Seven) (7am) — 392,000

The Stats:

  • FTA: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 29.7% from Nine (3) on 24.0%, Ten (3) was on 21.6%, the ABC (4) was on 19.7% and SBS (2) ended on 5.0%. Seven leads the week on 30.1% from Nine on 27.2% and Ten with 20.1%.
  • Main Channel: Seven won with a share of 21.8%, from Nine on 15.5%, ABC 1 was on 14.8%, as was Ten. SBS ONE ended with 4.1%. Seven leads the week with 22.1% from Nine on 20.5% and Ten with 14.1%.
  • Digital: A big night, again for the digitals. GO with a schedule very similar to the main channels with The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men repeats while Eleven had Star Trek for two hours. The 10 channels had an FTA total share of a very high 30% last night in prime time. GO won with 5.8% from Eleven on 4.5%, 7mate was on 4.0%, 7TWO was on 3.8%, ABC 2 was on 3.2%, Gem was on 2.6%, ONE was on 2.5%, ABC 3 and SBS TWO were on 1.0% each and News 24 ended with 0.7%.

Pay TV: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 24.0% from Nine (3) on 19.4%, Ten (3) was on 17.5%, pay TV (200-plus channels) ended with 16.4%, the ABC (4) was on 15.8%% and SBS (2) ended on 4.1%. The 15 FTA channels had an 83.6% share of TV viewing last night, the lowest of the week so far. The 10 digital channels had a very high share of 23.5% and the five main channels were on 60.1%.

The most-watched pay TV channels were:

  1. Fox Sports 2 (5.87%)
  2. Fox 8 (3.38%)
  3. Lifestyle (2.51%)
  4. TV 1 (2.02%)
  5. Fox Classics (1.87%)

The five most-watched pay TV programs were:

  1. Cricket: South Africa versus Australia (Fox Sports 2) (7.30pm) — 202,000
  2. Cricket: South Africa versus Australia (Fox Sports 2) (9.30pm) — 166,000
  3. Cricket: South Africa versus Australia (Fox Sports 2) (7pm) — 101,000
  4. Cricket: South Africa versus Australia (Fox Sports 2) (12.10am) — 100,000
  5. Grand Designs (Lifestyle) — 96,000

Regional: Prime/7Qld (3 channels) won with a share of 30.7% from WIN/NBN (3) on 26.1%, SC Ten (3) on 21.8%, the ABC (4) was on 17.0% and SBS (2) ended with 4.4%. Prime/7Qld won the main channels with 21.7% from WIN/NBN on 16.7% and SC Ten on 16.0%. The 10 digital channels had a very high FTA total last night of 31.1%, with GO on top with 6.5%, 7TWO on 4.7% and 7mate with 4.4%. Prime/7Qld leads the week with 32.6% from WIN/NBN on 27.5%.

The top five programs in regional areas were:

  1. Seven News — 499,000
  2. Beauty and The Geek Australia — 498,000
  3. Home and Away — 431,000
  4. Rush — — 409,000
  5. Nine News — 409,000

Major Markets: Seven won overall and the main channels in all five metro markets. Nine was second in both in all five markets except in Adelaide where it was third, with ABC 1 in the main channels and third in the main channels in Perth behind ABC 1. ABC 1 was third overall and the main channels in Sydney. GO won Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide. Eleven won Perth. Seven leads the week in the five markets, with Nine and Ten second and third.

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

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Another fine episode of The Slap. Nothing else came near. The contrast with the Michael Jackson and The Doctor: A Fatal Friendship rubbish on Nine was telling. That ruined the night for Nine and lost the network around 400,000 viewers from 7-8pm, and that was then reflected in the lowered figures for the following programs.

The five most-watched programs nationally were:

  1. Seven News — 1.622 million
  2. Beauty and The Geek Australia — 1.616 million
  3. Home and Away — 1.455 million
  4. Seven News — 1.415 million
  5. Today Tonight — 1.323 million.

The Slap averaged a solid 1.188 million viewers.

Tonight: Better Homes and Gardens on Seven. A Midsomer Murders repeat on ABC. House on Ten. Ignore Nine and anything on Seven after 8.30.

Saturday: Happy Feet is the movie on Nine at 7.30pm and is worth another look, if desperate. The ABC has a fresh Doc Martin at 7.30pm then a repeat of Hercule Poirot at 8.20pm. Ignore the movies on Seven and Ten and anything on Nine after Happy Feet. SBS has a fresh RocKwiz.

Sunday: The morning chats if you need a fix. Sunday Night on Seven. Frozen Planet on Nine (both at 6.30pm). Junior MasterChef on Ten at 7.30pm. Ignore the ABC. SBS repeats the documentary on Lillian Roxon, Mother of Rock: The Life and Times of Lillian Roxon, an Australian journalist in New York during the birth of modern rock’n’roll.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports