The Winners: Nine’s night.

Seven’s Wild Boys averaged 896,000 at 7.30pm. That explains why Seven put it down last week. If it was a really attractive program, it should have shone on a dull night of TV like last night.

CSI on Nine at 8.30pm, 682,000. Can you remember when this program used to get 1.5 million viewers on a Sunday night?

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  1. Sunday Night (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.304 million
  2. 60 Minutes (Nine) (7.30pm) — 1.260 million
  3. Seven News (6pm) — 1.183 million
  4. Frozen Planet (Nine) (6.30pm) — 1.003 million

The Losers: Nothing really, the whole offering last night veered from the above average (60 Minutes and Sunday Night) to the weak (The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister on ABC 1 at 8.30pm).

Terra Nova on Ten at 8.30pm, 692,000.

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

  1. Sunday Night (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.304 million
  2. 60 Minutes (Nine) (7.30pm) — 1.260 million
  3. Seven News (6pm) — 1.183 million
  4. Nine News (6pm) — 998,000
  5. ABC News (7pm) — 856,000
  6. Ten News (5pm) — 574,000.
  7. Nine News (5pm) — 312,000
  8. SBS News (6.30pm) — 141,000

In the morning:

  1. Weekend Sunrise (Seven) (8am) — 331,000
  2. Weekend Today (Nine) (8am) — 264,000
  3. Landline (ABC) (noon) — 197,000
  4. Insiders (ABC) (10.30am) — 156,000
  5. Inside Business (ABC) (10am) — 147,000
  6. The Bolt Report (Ten) (10am) — 87,000
  7. Meet The Press (Ten) (10.30am) — 60,000

The Stats:

  • FTA: Nine (three channels) won with a share of 30.6% from Seven (three) on 28.2%, with Ten (three) on 21.8%, the ABC (four) was on 14.3% and SBS (two) was on 5.1%
  • Main Channel: Seven won with a share of 20.4% from Nine on 19.6%, Ten was on 14.5%, ABC 1 was on 11.1% and SBS (2) ended on 4.3%.
  • Digital: GO won with a share of 8.7% from 7TWO on 4.4%, Eleven was on 3.8%, ONE was on 3.5%, 7mate was on 3.3%, Gem was on 2.4%, ABC 2 was on 2.0%, SBS TWO was on 0.8%, ABC 3 was on 0.6% and News 24 ended on 0.5%. The 10 digital channels had a high FTA share of 30.0% thanks to the high share for GO,  with the combination of The Big Bang Theory (423,000) and the three hours and 20 minutes of the movie 2012 (409,000 from 8.30pm).

Pay TV: Nine (three channels) won with a share of 24.9% from Seven (three) on 23.0%, with Ten (three) on 17.8%, pay TV (200-plus channels) was on 16.0%, the ABC (4) was on 11.7% and SBS (2) was on 4.1%. The 15 FTA channels had an 84.0% share of TV viewing last night with the 10 digital channels on a very high share of 24.6% and the five main channels on a low share of 59.4%.

The five most-watched pay TV channels were:

  1. Fox 8 (3.17%)
  2. Lifestyle (2.41%)
  3. Showtime Premiere (2.21%)
  4. TV 1 (1.99%)
  5. 111 Hits (1.91%)

The five most-watched pay TV programs were:

  1. The Simpsons (Fox 8) — 82,000
  2. Silent Witness (UKTV) — 72,000
  3. Selling Houses Australia Extreme (Lifestyle) — 71,000
  4. The Twilight Saga — Eclipse (Showtime Premiere) — 70,000
  5. A League: Brisbane versus Wellington (Fox Sports 1) — 70,000

Regional: Prime/7Qld (three channels) won with a share of 31.8% from WIN/NBN (three) on 30.4%, SC Ten (three) was on 18.8%, the ABC (four) ended with 14.4% and SBS (two) was on 4.3%. The main channels were won by Prime/7Qld with 23.4% from WIN/NBN on 20.2%. GO won the digitals with 7.1%, from 7TWO on 4.6% and 7mate on 3.8%. The 10 digitals had a high FTA share last night of 30.0%.

The five most-watched programs in regional markets were:

  1. Sunday Night — 615,000
  2. 60 Minutes — 594,000
  3. Seven News, — 528,000
  4. Wild Boys — 482,000
  5. Frozen Planet — 426,000

Major Markets: Nine’s night. It won Sydney and Melbourne overall and the main channels, and won Perth and Adelaide overall because of the high share for GO. Seven won Brisbane overall and the main channels and won the main channels in Adelaide and Perth. GO won the digitals in all five metro markets.

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

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Seven won last week nationally, metro and the regions. Seven also won the digitals channels.

Last night, Sunday Night and 60 Minutes stood out, as did Frozen Planet.

Summer is almost here. Ten is showing golf, soon Nine will have international cricket and then Seven’s tennis will be seen.

The Bolt Report’s 4.30pm repeat was pre-empted by Ten’s telecast of the Australian Open Golf, which averaged 491,000 for five hours from noon. That in turn boosted the audience of Ten’s 5pm national News to the point where it beat Nine’s so-called “first at five” News by more than 270,000 viewers.

It also meant that Ten and The Bolt Report couldn’t get solace from the afternoon repeat boosting the total audience for the program and offsetting the weak first broadcast at 10am. Inside Business on the ABC beat it soundly and Insiders had more than 100,000 viewers more than The Bolt Report, excluding the News 24 simulcast. Meet the Press had its worst figures at 10.30am since The Bolt Report started in May.

The five most-watched programs nationally last night were:

  1. Sunday Night — 1.920 million
  2. 60 Minutes — 1.855 million
  3. Seven News — 1.711 million
  4. Frozen Planet — 1.430 million
  5. Nine News — 1.412 million.

Wild Boys finished sixth with 1.378 million, thanks to another solid night in regional areas.

Tonight: A weak night all round. Ten has Junior MasterChef as its highlight. The final Australian Story is on at 8pm on the ABC. Seven has The X Factor and Body of Proof. Nine has The Mentalist. SBS has Mythbusters.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

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