The Winners: With Lleyton Hewitt on centre court in Melbourne last night, Seven’s evening tennis session from seven o’clock averaged 992,000 — up sharply from the first night (Monday) figure of 757,000.

The late session from about 10.30 averaged 739,000, up from 420,000, as Lleyton battled on.

The day session saw a fall to 448,000 from Monday’s 492,000 which was boosted by the Bernard Tomic win. The Sam Stosur loss yesterday afternoon would have sent viewers to the off button.

  1. Nine News (6pm) — 1.135 million
  2. Seven News (6pm) — 1.131 million
  3. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 1.061 million

The Losers: No one really, Seven’s tennis broadcast was too dominant. Stosur and her fans might qualify, though.

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

  1. Nine News (6pm) — 1.135 million
  2. Seven News (6pm) — 1.131 million
  3. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 1.061 million
  4. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 951,000
  5. ABC News (7pm) — 831,000
  6. Ten News (Ten) (5pm) — 624,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) (7.30pm) — 552,000 (+37,000 on News 24 simulcast)
  8. The Project (Ten) (6.30pm) — 531,000
  9. Ten News (6pm) — 360,000
  10. SBS News (6.30pm) — 209,000
  11. ABC News (10.25pm) — 201,000
  12. The Drum (ABC) (6pm) — 121,000 (+34,000 on News 24 simulcast)
  13. SBS News (10.30pm) — 57,000

In the morning:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) (7am) — 341,000
  2. Today (Nine) (7am) — 290,000

The Stats:

  • FTA: Seven (three channels) won clearly with 33.2% from Nine (three) on 24.7%, Ten (three) was on 20.7%, the ABC (three) ended on 14.8% and SBS (two) was on 6.6%. Seven now leads the week with 29.7% from Nine on 26.7% and Ten with 20.7%.
  • Main Channel: Seven won with a share of 26.8% from Nine on 16.6%, Ten was on 14.1%, ABC 1, 10.2% and SBS ONE finished with 5.0%. Seven leads the week with 22.3%, from Nine on 17.7% and Ten in 12.8%. ABC 1 is on 11.8%.
  • Digital: GO won with 4.5%, from Eleven on 4.4%, 7TWO and Gem were on 3.6% each, 7mate was on 2.9%, ABC 2 was on 2.6%, ONE was on 2.2%, SBS TWO was on 1.6%, ABC 3 ended with 1.1% and News 24 finished with a 1% share. That was an FTA viewing share of 28.0%, down on the previous night as more people went to Seven’s main channel to watch the tennis. GO still leads the week with 5.2% from Eleven on 4.5% and 7TWO on 4.3%.

Pay TV: Seven (three channels) won clearly with 26.7% from Nine (three) on 19.9%, pay TV (200-plus channels) finished with a 17.5% share; Ten (three) was on 16.7%, the ABC (three) ended on 11.9% and SBS (two) was on 5.3%. The 15 FTA channels had a total share of 82.5% last night. The 10 digitals had a share of 22.1%, the five main channels, 60.4%.

The top five pay TV channels were:

  1. Fox Sports 3 (4.0%)
  2. Fox 8 (3.04%)
  3. TV 1 (1.93%)
  4. Fox Classics (1.84%)
  5. 111 Hits (1.87%)

The top five pay TV programs were:

  1. Cricket: Brisbane Heat v Sydney Thunder (Fox Sports 3) (7.28pm) — 249,200
  2. Cricket: Brisbane Heat v Sydney Thunder  (pre-game) (Fox Sports 3) (7pm) — 90,4000
  3. Family Guy (Fox 8) — 84,200
  4. The Simpsons (Fox 8) — 78,700
  5. Eastenders (UKTV) — 62,400

Regional: Prime/7Qld (three channels) won with a share of 36.7%, from WIN/NBN (three) on 25.2%, SC Ten (three) was on 19.2%, the ABC (four) was on 12.4% and SBS (two) ended on 6.5%. Prime/7Qld won the main channels with 26.9%, from WIN/NBN on 16.6%. 7TWO won the digitals with a share of 5.4%, from GO on 5.1% and 7mate on 4.4%. The 10 digital channels had am FTA share of 30.3% in prime time last night. Prime/7Qld leaders the week with 32.4% from WIN/NBN on 27.9%.

Major Markets: A clean sweep for Seven overall and the main channels in all five metro markets. Ten was second in Perth and Adelaide as Nine’s offering of repeats paled. GO won the digitals in Sydney and Melbourne. Eleven won Brisbane and Adelaide. 7TWO won Perth. Seven leads the week in every market.

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

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Nothing of note last night from TV. Tough choice, Nigella Lawson on the ABC or Lleyton Hewitt on Seven. Lleyton took nearly four hours to win his first round match, so Nigella’s confections were easily accommodated.

Tonight: The best night of the week. Don’t miss Outnumbered on the ABC at eight o’clock and The Thick of It at nine o’clock, Absolutely Fabulous at 9.30 and the final episode of The Trip at 10.05.

The tennis on Seven with Bernard Tomic at seven o’clock. End of night!.

Ten has a fleet of repeats from 7.30, Nine’s start at seven o’clock. Both are running dead while the tennis is on. If you want to watch the tennis, record the ABC. Outnumbered is the funniest program on TV for years.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

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