The Winners: Nine, Seven did OK, but the ABC had the quality.

Timings of programs on Nine and Seven from 6.30pm were thrown out by the Obama press conference from 6pm to about 6.45pm. The press conference on Seven averaged 650,000 viewers.

  1. Gruen Planet (ABC) (9pm) — 1.175 million
  2. The Celebrity Apprentice (Nine) (7.30pm) — 1.119 million
  3. Spicks & Specks (ABC) (8.30pm) — 1.097 million
  4. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm)– 1.031 million
  5. Seven News (6pm) — 1.012 million
  6. The Celebrity Apprentice (Nine) (7pm) — 1.006 million

The Losers: Apart from President Obama and ABC 1 from 8pm, TV was poor last night.

On Seven, The One: Australia’s Most Gifted Psychic, 751,000 and Criminal Minds, 547,000.

On Ten, Glee at 7.30pm, 683,000, and Hawaii Five O, 8.30pm, 591,000.

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

In the morning, Sunrise won with a surprisingly large margin of 54,000.

  1. Today Tonight (Seven) (7pm) — 1.031 million
  2. Seven News (6pm) — 1.012 million
  3. Nine News (6pm) — 995,000
  4. A Current Affair (Nine ) — 898,000
  5. ABC News (7pm) — 855,000
  6. Barack Obama Press Conference (Seven) (6.05pm) — 650,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) (7.30pm) — 649,000
  8. Ten News (5pm) — 489,000
  9. The Project (Ten) (6.30pm) — 481,000
  10. Lateline (ABC) (10.35pm) — 248,000
  11. SBS News (6.30pm) — 248,000
  12. SBS News (9.30pm) — 134,000
  13. Lateline Business (ABC) (11.10pm) — 90,000 (+31,000 on News 24 at 8.30pm)

The morning:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) (7am) — 372,000
  2. Today (Nine) (7am) — 328,000

The Stats:

  • FTA: Nine (3 channels) won with a share of 27.9% from Seven (3) on 26.8%, the ABC (4) was on 21.6%, Ten (3) was on 18.2%, and SBS (2) was on 5.4%. Seven leads the week with 29.9% from Nine on 28.6% and Ten with 19.6%.
  • Main Channel: Nine won with 19.9% from Seven on 18.85, ABC 1 was on 16.7%, Ten was on 13.1% and SBS ONE was on 4.6%. Seven leads the week with 22.2% from Nine on 20.1% and Ten was on 13.8%.
  • Digital: GO won with 4.3%, with 7mate on 4.1%, from Eleven and 7TWO on 3.9% each. Gem was on 3.8%, ABC 2 was on 3.1%, ONE was on 1.3%, News 24 was on 1.1%, SBS TWO was on 0.9%, and ABC 3 was on 0.75. The 10 channels had an FTA share of 27.1%. GO leads the week with 5.5%, from 7TWO on 4.3% and Eleven on 3.8%.

Pay TV: Nine (3 channels) won with a share of 23.2% from Seven (3) on 22.2%, the ABC (4) was on 18.0%, Ten (3) was on 15.2%, pay TV (200-plus channels) was on 14.6% and SBS (2) was on 4.5%. The 15 FTA channels had an 85.4% viewing share, with the 10 digitals on 22.4% and the five main channels were on 63.0%.

The five top pay TV channels were:

  1. Fox 8 (3.41%)
  2. Lifestyle (2.63%)
  3.  TV1 (2.19%)
  4. Sky News (1.99%)
  5. UKTV (1.95%)

The five top pay TV programs were:

  1. Relocation Relocation Australia (Lifestyle) — 84,000
  2. The Simpsons (Fox 8) — 74,000
  3. Killing Time (TV1) — 68,000
  4. Eastenders (UKTV) — 65,000
  5. Futurama (Fox 8) — 64,000

Regional: Prime/7Qld (3) won with a share of 32.9% from WIN/NBN (3) on 26.6%, the ABC (4) was on 19.3%, SC Ten (3) was on 15.9% and SBS (4) was on 5.2%. Prime/7Qld won the main channels with 21.2% from WIN/NBN on 18.2%, ABC 1 was on 14.0% and SC Ten was on 11.0%. 7TWO won the digital channels with 6.0% from 7mate on 5.8%, with GO and Gem on 4.2% each. The 10 digital channels had a high FTA share of 31.4% last night. Prime/7Qld leads the week with 34.0% from WIN/NBN on 28.6%.

The top five programs in regional markets were:

  1. Nine News — 494,000
  2. Home and Away — 458,000
  3. Seven News — 443,000
  4. The One: Australia’s Most Gifted Psychic — 429,000
  5. Spicks & Specks — 428,000

Major Markets: Nine won Sydney and Melbourne overall and the main channels from Seven and the ABC (ABC 1). Seven won Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth overall and the main channels. Nine was second in Brisbane and the ABC third. Nine was second in Adelaide and Perth with the ABC third but ABC 1 was second in the main channels with Nine third. 7mate won the digitals in Adelaide and Perth. Go won Sydney, Eleven won Melbourne and 7TWO, Go and Eleven shared Brisbane. Nine leads Seven and Ten in Melbourne. Seven leads Nine and Ten elsewhere.

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

Glenn Dyer’s comments: It’s a poor night when the visit of a politician proves to be the night’s highlights and so it was with President Obama, with Nine and Seven, plus News 24 and Sky News giving us extensive coverage. Even Ten had coverage of the press conference just after 6pm.

We said goodbye to Gruen Planet last night.

It was again interesting that Nine’s The Celebrity Apprentice is not anywhere near as popular in Adelaide as on the east coast, or as popular in regional markets.

The five top national programs last night were:

  1. Gruen Planet — 1.580 million
  2. Spicks & Specks — 1.525 million
  3. The Celebrity Apprentice — 1.522 million
  4. Nine News — 1.488 million
  5. Seven News — 1.453 million

Tonight: Apart from The Slap on ABC 1, not much is on. Beauty and The Geek Australia on Seven. Ten has the final episode of Rush for the year. My Sri Lanka with Peter Kuruvita on SBS. Nine has a repeat of The Mentalist at 9.30.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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