The Winners: A mixed night. Seven, Nine, Ten and the ABC can all claim some sort of win, somewhere. The exhaustion in the various schedules is clearly evident.

The Hamster Wheel at 9.30 pm, 950,000 on ABC 1. It should return next year. It has been a worthwhile experiment.

  1. Spicks & Specks (ABC) (8.30pm) — 1.569 million
  2. Seven News (6pm) — 1.204 million
  3. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.106 million
  4. Nine News (6pm) — 1.035 million
  5. The Big Bang Theory (Nine) (8pm) — 1.011 million
  6. The Big Bang Theory (Nine) (7.30pm) — 1.003 million

The Losers: No one really, well the final episode of The One: Australia’s Most Gifted Psychic on Seven at 7.30pm, 703,000 for the hour.

News & CA: Nine News and A Current Affair won Sydney and Melbourne. Seven News and Today Tonight won the rest.

  1. Seven News (6pm) 1.204 million
  2. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.106 million
  3. Nine News (6pm) — 1.035 million
  4. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 959,000
  5. ABC News (7pm) — 831,000
  6. 7.30 (ABC) (7.30pm) — 620,000 (+26,000 on News 24 simulcast)
  7. The Project (Ten) (6.30pm) — 604,000
  8. Ten News (5pm) — 543,000
  9. Lateline (ABC) (10.30pm) — 310,000
  10. SBS News (6.30pm) — 199,000
  11. Lateline Business (ABC) (11.05pm) — 155,000
  12. SBS News (9.30pm) — 101,000

In the morning:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) (7am) — 431,000
  2. Today (Nine) (7am) — 349,000

The Stats:

  • FTA: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 26.7% from Nine (3) on 23.9%, the ABC (4) was on 22.7%, Ten (3) was on 21.9% and SBS (4) ended with 4.8%. Seven leads the week with 31.5% from Nine on 26.3% and Ten with 20.2%.
  • Main Channel: Nine won with 18.9%, from ABC 1 on 18.2%, Seven was third with 17.8%, Ten was on 16.9% and SBS ONE was on 3.9%. Seven leads the week with 23.6% from Nine on 20.3% and Ten with 14.7%.
  • Digital: 7TWO won with a share of 4.9% from 7mate on 4.0%, Eleven was on 3.7%, ABC 2 was on 2.8%, Gem was on 2.7%, GO was on 2.4%, ONE was on 1.3%, ABC 3 was on 1.0%, SBS TWO was on 0.9% and News 24 ended on 0.7%. The 10 digital channels had an FTA share of 24.4%. 7TWO leads the week with 4.4%, from Eleven on 3.5% and 7mate on 3.4%.

Pay TV: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 22.2% from Nine (3) on 19.9%, the ABC (4) was on 18.9%, Ten (3) was on 18.3%, Pay TV (200 plus channels) was 5th with 14.4% and SBS (4) ended with 4.0%. The 15 FTA channels had a total share last night of 85.6%, with the 10 digitals on 20.3% and the five main channels on 65.3%.

The five top Pay TV channels were:

  1. Fox 8 (2.83%)
  2. Lifestyle (2.75%)
  3. TV1 (2.26%)
  4. UKTV (2.25%)
  5. Sky News (1.74%)

The five most watched Pay TV programs were:

  1. Relocation, Relocation Australia (Lifestyle) — 91,000
  2. Selling Houses Australia Extreme (Lifestyle) — 78,000
  3. Family Guy (Fox 8) — 66,000
  4. Coronation Street (UKTV) — 63,000
  5. Killing Time (TV1) — 63,000

Regional: Prime/7Qld (3 channels) won with a share of 32.9% from WIN/NBN (3) on 25.1%, the ABC (4) on 19.4%, SC Ten (3) was on 17.6%, and SBS (2) was on 4.9%. Prime/7Qld won with a share of 21.5%, from WIN/NBN on 18.9% and ABC 1 on 14.7%. SC Ten was on 12.1%. The digital channels were won by 7TWO on 5.8% with 7mate on 5.6%, and Eleven with 4.2%. the 10 digital channels had an FTA share last night of 27.8%. Prime/7Qld leads the week with 36.2% from WIN/NBN on 26.4%.

The five most watched programs in regional areas were:

  1. Spicks & Specks — 626,000
  2. Seven News — 538,000
  3. A Current Affair — 524,000
  4. Nine News — 1471,000
  5. Home and Away — 468,000

Major Markets: A mixed night with a win here and there for everyone bar SBS. In Sydney, Seven won overall from Nine and the ABC, but in the main channels, Nine won from ABC 1 and Ten. In Melbourne, Nine won overall and the main channels, Seven was second overall, then ten. But in the main channels, Ten was second and ABC 1 was third. In Brisbane, Seven won both from Nine second and the ABC (ABC 1) third. In Adelaide it was Seven from the ABC and Ten overall and in the main channels it was ABC 1 from Seven and Ten. In Perth, Seven won overall and in the main channels, with the ABC second (ABC 1) and Nine third. In the Digitals, 7TWO won Sydney and Melbourne and 7mate won Brisbane and Adelaide. In Perth, 7TWO, 7mate and Eleven shared the night. Seven leads Nine and Ten in all five metro markets.

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

Glenn Dyer’s comments: A winner almost everywhere you looked last night.

We said a fond goodbye to Spicks & Specks.

Junior MasterChef faded from view and hopefully won’t return next year. The way the audience abandoned the winner announcement last night tells me viewers are over it.

Junior MasterChef had an average 934,000 viewers, when the winner was announced it had just 911,000. When the audience couldn’t be bothered to stay around and watch the winner being named, it is clear viewers were right off this one. It also did poorly in regional areas as well.

Tonight: The final episode of The Slap on the ABC at 8.30pm. If you are interested, the final of Beauty and The Geek Australia on Seven from 7.30pm. Ten has another episode of the weakening Keeping Up With The Joneses. Nine has Unforgettable and a repeat of The Mentalist. SBS starts an observational factual reality show called The Family at 8.30pm.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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