The Winners: Seven’s night. Boring though, except for a couple of things on the ABC.

  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.193 million
  2. Nine News (6pm) — 1.009 million

The Losers: Us viewers, again.

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

  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.193 million
  2. Nine News (6pm) — 1.009 million
  3. Today Tonight (Seven, 6.30 – 7 pm) — 986,000
  4. ABC News (7pm) — 847,000
  5. A Current Affair (Nine, 6.30 – 7 pm) — 836,000
  6. Ten News (5pm) — 689,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) (7.30pm) — 678,000 (+41,000 on News 24 simulcast)
  8. The Project (Ten) (6.30pm) — 654,000
  9. Ten News (6pm) — 361,000
  10. ABC News (10.30pm) — 197,000
  11. SBS News (6.30pm) — 188,000
  12. SBS News (9.30pm) — 168,000

In the morning:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) (7am) — 392,000
  2. Today (Nine) (7am) — 358,000

The Stats:

  • FTA: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 29.5%, from Nine (3) on 26.6%, Ten (3) was on 18.6%, the ABC (4) was on 18.0% and SBS (2) was on 7.2%. Seven leads the week with 28.6% from Nine on 27.8% and Ten on 19.3%.
  • Main Channels: Seven won with 19.9% from Nine on 18.2%, Ten was on 11.2%, ABC 1 was on 11.1% and SBS ONE ended on 5.9%. Seven leads the week on 20.3% from Nine on 19.3% and ABC 1 on 12.9% with Ten on 12.6%.
  • Digital: Eleven won with 5.2%, with 7TWO on 5.1%, ABC 2 was on 5.0%, 7mate was on 4.6%, GO and Gem were on 4.2% each, ONE was on 2.2%, SBS TWO was on 1.3%, News 24 was on 1.2% and ABC 3 was on 0.7%. That’s an FTA total of a very high 33.7%. 7TWO leads the week with 4.9% from Eleven and GO on 4.4% and Gem on 4.1%.

Pay TV: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 23.3%, from Nine (3) on 21.0%, pay TV was on 18.6% (200-plus channels), Ten (3) was on 14.7%, the ABC (4) was on 14.2% and SBS (2) was on 5.7%. The 15 FTA channels had a total viewing share of 81.4% last night with the 10 digital channels on 26.5% (very high) and the five main channels on 54.9%.

The top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox 8 (2.91%)
  2. Lifestyle (2.87%)
  3.  TV 1 (2.62%)
  4. Fox Sports 2 (2.4%)
  5. Lifestyle Food (2.2%)

The top five pay TV programs:

  1. Relocation Relocation Australia (Lifestyle) — 92,000
  2. Bargain Hunt Australia (Lifestyle) — 81,000
  3. Killing Time (TV1) — 79,000
  4. Coronation St (UKTV) — 77,000
  5. Cricket: Victoria v Queensland (Fox Sports 2) — 73,000

Regionals: Prime/7Qld (3 channels) won with a share of 31.9% from WIN/NBN (3) on 28.2%, SC Ten (3) was on 17.3%, the ABC (4), was on 16.4%, and SBS (2) was on 6.2%. WIN/NBN won the main channels narrowly with 20.2% from Prime/7Qld on 20.1%. 7TWO won the digitals with a share of 6.4% from 7mate on 5.4% and Eleven on 5.3%. the 10 digital channels had a very very high share last night of 36.7%, close to an all time high, last night. Prime/7Qld leads the week with 31.1% from WIN/NBN of 27.8%.

The top five programs in regional markets last night were:

  1. Seven News — 499,000
  2. Nine News — 431,000
  3. A Current Affair — 412,000
  4. RBT — 352,000
  5. WIN News — 332,000

Main Channel: Seven won everywhere, both overall and the main channels with two exceptions: In Sydney Nine beat it overall into first place and in Melbourne, Nine finished top in the main channels. The ABC was third in Sydney (overall and the main channels) and third in the main channels in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. ABC 2 won the digitals in Sydney and did well nationally with the final part of its Queen doco). 7TWO won Perth and Melbourne. Eleven won Brisbane and 7mate won Adelaide. Nine still leads in Sydney and Melbourne, Seven leads in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.

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

Glenn Dyer’s comments: The second and final part of  the rock band Queen documentary, Queen: Days of Our Lives, on ABC 2 at 9.30pm averaged 304,000 for the hour and concluded one of the best documentaries on rock music for yonks. Interesting, illuminating and it wasn’t afraid to show Freddy Mercury’s terrible decline and death, but he emerged from it as a pretty good person. He wasn’t just an over-the-top singer with a great voice.

The Thick of It on ABC 1 at 9pm averaged just 230,000, but was as funny and biting the second time round.

Last night’s combined pay TV/digital share was again close to if not the highest ever, a total of more than 45% of viewers watched them instead of the main channels. A quarter of the all TV viewers were watching the digital channels last night, and more than a third of FTA-only viewers, were watching them.

The five most watched programs nationally were:

  1. Seven News — 1.692 million
  2. Nine News — 1.442 million
  3. Today Tonight – 1.348 million
  4. A Current Affair — 1.247 million
  5. ABC News — 1.153 million

Tonight: I’m sorry, but nothing appeals tonight, except My Sri Lanka on SBS at 7.30 and then the repeat of Luke Nguyen’s Vietnam at 8 o’clock. If you want to watch, Seven has The Amazing Race at 7.30 for those still interested. Nine has Getaway for those who remember its glory days, Ten has a fresh Law and Order SVU at 8.30 for those who love a tired overworked format crime show. 7.30 on the ABC and nothing else. Go Christmas shopping or head to the office party!

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports