The Winners: Lleyton Hewitt worked his magic for Seven for a second time this week. The late session (after 10.30pm) had 802,000 viewers and the day session, 367,000.

  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.066 million
  2. Tennis: Australian Open (Seven) (7pm) — 1.043 million

The Losers: Losers? The tennis on Seven was just too dominant.

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

  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.066 million
  2. Nine News (6pm) — 989,000
  3. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 923,000
  4. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 828,000
  5. ABC News (7pm) — 799,000
  6. Ten News (5pm) — 574,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) (7.30pm) — 550,000 (+44,000 on News 24 simulcast)
  8. The Project (Ten) (6.30pm) — 472,000
  9. Ten News (6pm) — 342,000
  10. ABC News (10.15 pm) — 202,000
  11. SBS News (6.30pm) — 192,000
  12. The Drum (ABC) (6pm) — 103,000 (+25,000 on News 24 simulcast)
  13. SBS News (10.30pm) — 97,000

In the morning:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) (7am) — 341,000
  2. Today (Nine) (7am) — 335,000

The Stats:

  • FTA: Seven (three channels) won with 36.4% from Nine (three) on 22.9%, from Ten (three) on 19.4%, the ABC (four) was on 14.6% and SBS (2) ended on 6.7%. Seven leads the week with 32.3% from Nine on 25.1% and Ten with 20.2%.
  • Main Channel: Seven won easily with 28.5% from Nine on 15.6%, Ten was on 11.4%, ABC 1 was on 9.9% and SBS ONE was on 5.0%. Seven leads the week with 24.5% from Nine on 16.8% and Ten with 12.3%.
  • Digital: Eleven won with 4.5% from 7TWO on 4.0%, GO and 7mate on 3.9% each, Gem and ONE on 3.4% each, ABC 2 on 2.8%, SBS TWO on 1.7%, News 24 on 1.0% and ABC 3 on 0.7%. That’s an FTA viewing share of 29.5%. GO leads the week with 4.7% from Eleven on 4.6% and 7TWO on 4.3%.
  • Pay TV: Seven (three channels) won with 29.1% from Nine (three) on 18.3%, with pay TV (200-plus channels) on 17.9%, from Ten (three) on 15.5%, the ABC (four) was on 11.6% and SBS (two) ended on 5.4%. The 15 FTA channels had a total share of 82.1%, with the 10 digitals on 22.5% and five main channels on 59.6%.

The five top pay TV channels were:

  1. Fox Sports 2 (4.65%)
  2. Fox 8 (3.52%)
  3. TV 1 (2.37%)
  4. Disney (2.04%)
  5. Fox Sports 2 (1.94%)

The five top pay TV programs were:

  1. Cricket: Melbourne Stars v Adelaide Strikers (Fox Sports 3) (6.58pm) — 252,000
  2. Cricket: Melbourne Stars v Adelaide Strikers  (pregame) (Fox Sports 3) ( 6.30pm) — 77,200
  3. Coronation St (UKTV) — 67,300
  4. The Simpsons (Fox 8) — 65,700
  5. Family Guy (Fox 8) — 64,700

Regional: Prime/7Qld (three channels) won with a share of 41.1% from WIN/NBN (three) on 24.3%, SC Ten (three) was on 17.3%, the ABC (four) was on 12.1% and SBS (two) ended on 5.3%. The main channels were won by Prime/7Qld on 35.5% from WIN/NBN on 26.4%. The digitals were won by 7mate on 5.6%, 7TWO was on 5.5% and GO was on 4.5%. The 10 digital channels had a total FTA share last night of 31.4%. Prime/7Qld leads the week on 35.5% from WIN/NBN on 26.4%.

Major Markets: Seven won overall and the main channels in every market. Ten was second overall in Perth. Eleven won Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. GO won Sydney and 7mate won Melbourne. Seven leads the week in every market.

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

Glenn Dyer’s comments: The tennis on Seven was too strong.

Tonight: Tennis on Seven. Bernard Tomic in another big game for himself and Seven. The weekly Midsomer Murders repeat on the ABC at 8.30 (some are just as odd the second or third time around). Nine has the 1994 remake of Maverick where Mel Gibson tries to channel James Garner and fails, badly.

Saturday: Tennis on Seven with Lleyton Hewitt. New Tricks repeat on the ABC at 7.30pm but Accused at 8.30pm looks interesting for those staying at home and bored by the tennis. Nine and Ten have movie repeats, no more needs be said.

Sunday: Tennis on Seven. Ten’s 2012 fightback starts from 6pm. Ten’s Young Talent Time is brought back from the Chamber of TV Horrors at 6.30pm. Dare you to watch and not be mortified.

Nine has repeats and 60 Minutes, which has repeats and other bits.

The ABC starts a three-parter on an Italian detective called Zen (the books are by the late Michael Dibdin). The BBC ended the program early claiming there were too many male detectives on TV. But watch the second and final bit of Uptown Downstairs Abbey at 8.20pm. Along with Outnumbered on Wednesday nights, it confirms the Poms can make a good comedy; it’s a brilliant spoof.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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