The Winners: It was close, but it was Nine’s night. There were weak offerings overall.

Seven’s Wild Boys said goodbye with 860,000 viewers for the last episode over two hours.

Junior MasterChef started its final week with 845,000: OK, but no real “oomph” left in the program.

Night Watch on the ABC at 8.30pm, 615,000. A grey drama from a very grey period in British post-WW2 life.

  1. 60 Minutes (Nine) (7.30pm) — 1.328 million
  2. Sunday Night (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.220 million
  3. Seven News (6pm) — 1.176 million
  4. Frozen Planet (Nine) (6.30pm) — 1.029 million

The Losers: Terra Nova on Ten at 8.30pm, 624,000.

News & CA: Seven News lost Melbourne but won Sydney and the rest, including a 130,000 margin in Brisbane: 279,000 to 149,000.

Sunday Night finished for the year last night with a solid effort. 60 Minutes is back next week, according to the guides.

Landline finished with the year with a good story about turkeys and their annual fate.

And it will be good to see Pip Courtney hosting Landline in 2012 after Anne Kruger did a very good job for the past four years.

  1. 60 Minutes (Nine) (7.30pm) — 1.328 million
  2. Sunday Night (Seven, 6.30 -0 7.30 pm) — 1.220 million
  3. Seven News (6pm) — 1.176 million
  4. Nine News (6pm) — 989,000
  5. ABC News (7pm) — 794,000
  6. Ten News (5pm) — 496,000
  7. The Bolt Report (Ten) (4.30pm) — 155,000
  8. SBS News (6.30pm) — 143,000

In the morning:

  1. Weekend Sunrise (Seven) (8am) — 310,000
  2. Weekend Today (Nine) (8am) — 267,000
  3. Landline (ABC) (Noon) — 171,000
  4. Insiders (ABC) (9pm) — 139,000 (+39,000 on News 24 simulcast)
  5. Inside Business (ABC) (10pm) — 119,000
  6. Offsiders (ABC) (10.30am) — 114,000
  7. The Bolt Report (Ten) (10am) –101,000
  8. Meet The Press (Ten) (10.30am) — 64,000

The Stats:

  • FTA: Nine (3 channels) won with a share of 30.2% from Seven (3) on 28.4%, Ten (3) was on 20.8% the ABC (4) was on 16.2% and SBS (2) ended on 4.5%.
  • Main Channel: Nine won with a share of 21.5% from Seven on 20.7%, Ten (3) was on 14.2%, ABC 1 was on 12.2% and SBS ONE ended on 3.9%.
  • Digital: GO won with a share of 4.9% from 7TWO on 4.1%, 7mate and Gem were on 3.6% each, ONE was on 3.4%, Eleven was on 3.2%, ABC 2 was on 2.6%, News 24 was on 0.8%, ABC 3 was on 0.7% and SBS TWO ended on 0.6%. that’s a total FTA share last night of 27.2%.
  • Pay TV: Nine (3 channels) won with a share of 24,3% from Seven (3) on 23.0%, pay TV (200-plus channels) was on 17.1%, Ten (3) was on 16.8% the ABC (4) was on 13.1% and SBS (2) ended on 3.6%. The 15 FTA channels had an 82.9% share of prime time TV viewing last night. The 10 digital channels had a share of 22.2% and the five main channels had a share of 62.0%.

The five most-watched pay TV channels were:

  1. Fox Sports 2 (7.87%)
  2. Fox 8 (2.97%)
  3. Lifestyle (2.24%)
  4. Fox Sports 3 (2.12%)
  5. Fox Sports 1 (2.11%)

The five most-watched pay TV programs were:

  1. Cricket: South Africa versus Australia (Fox Sports 2) (7.30pm) — 200,000
  2. Cricket: South Africa versus Australia (Fox Sports 2) (9.30pm) — 156,000
  3. Golf: Presidents Cup (Fox Sports 2) — 134,000
  4. Cricket: South Africa versus Australia (Fox Sports 2) (7pm) — 84,000
  5. Rugby League: Four National Final, Australia versus England (Fox Sports 1) (7am) — 82,000

Regional: Prime/7Qld (3 channels) won with a share of 33.3% from WIN/NBN (3) on 30.3%, SC Ten (3) was on 18.2%, the ABC (4) ended on 14.4% and SBS (2) ended on 4.0%. Prime/7Qld won the main channels with 24.2% (thanks to a strong showing by Wild Boys), with Prime/7Qld on 4.7%. 7TWO won the digital channels with 5.1%, from GO on 4.7% and Gem on 4.4%.

The five most-watched programs in regional markets were:

  1. Wild Boys –– 560,000
  2. Sunday Night — 530,000
  3. 60 Minutes — 517,000
  4. Seven News — 517,000
  5. Frozen Planet — 435,000

Major Markets: Nine won overall and the main channels in Sydney, Melbourne and won in Adelaide where ABC 1 crept into third in the main channels. Seven won overall and the main channels in Brisbane and Perth.

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

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Nothing really to be said except it’s the last week of ratings and everyone is tying up loose ends.

The final day of the Presidents Cup golf on Nine from Melbourne averaged 299,000 from about 10am to 6pm.

From 4.45am yesterday to 7am, Nine averaged 184,000 for the Four National Rugby League final won by Australia in Leeds.

The five most-watched programs nationally last night were:

  1. 60 Minutes — 1.846 million
  2. Sunday Night — 1.752 million
  3. Seven News — 1.693 million
  4. Frozen Planet — 1.464 million
  5. Wild Boys — 1.420 million

Interesting early programming move. Compass host Geraldine Doogue announcing over the weekend in an on-air promo that the program will be moving to 6.30pm Sundays. ABC publicity confirmed the move today with worst pun of the year in a headline contender; “COMPASS ANSWERS AUDIENCE’S PRAYERS”. And if the figures are low, should we conclude that “God fails to tune in?”

Tonight: The highlight should be the BBC attempt to emulate Mad Men with a retro drama series based on a UK TV current affairs program called The Hour. That it goes for two hours should tell you about the sort of program it is. The question however is: will it attract more viewers at 8.30 on Mondays than Four Corners did for most of the ratings year?

Seven has the first The X Factor final at 7.30. Nine finishes The Celebrity Apprentice from 7 o’clock. Ten has more Junior MasterChef, also from 7 o’clock.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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