The Glenn Dyer breakdown: That Rafael Nadal knows how to do the right thing by Channel Seven, doesn’t he?

Last night’s match against Tomáš Berdyc went four sets and ended just after midnight — and more than  a million people watched Seven for the four and a half hours. Nadal now faces Roger Federer in a semifinal on Friday night, the dream game of the Open. And that was the night.

It’s also why the figures for Ten’s The Biggest Loser (825,000 for the first weigh-in) may not be indicative of how the series will go. Then again, with stiffer competition next week from Nine and Seven, they could be very accurate, which will be unfortunate for Ten’s chances of a comeback this year.

Tonight: Outnumbered on the ABC at 8pm: watch it and enjoy the night. Ignore the Australia Day program, Australia Celebrates, at 8.30pm. The Thick of It is a repeat at 10pm. Seven has more tennis. Nine has the cricket this afternoon (hurrah). Ten has The Biggest Loser and starts a new series of The Good Wife.

Thursday: More cricket and tennis on Nine and Seven respectively. Ten has The Biggest Loser and another new series, A Gifted Man, at 8pm and a fresh Law and Order SVU. A Gifted Man can’t be all that strong if it’s starting on a Thursday night. Nine also has a fresh Getaway at night and then repeats. The ABC has an Adam Hills special, Adam Hills: Inflatable, at 8.30 pm.

The top 10 national programs (metro & regional combined):

1.Seven News1.953 million
2.Nine News1.908 million
3.Tennis: Australian Open (night)
1.752 million
4.A Current Affair1.565 million
5.Home and Away1.475 million
6.Today Tonight
1.410 million
7.The Big Bang Theory 1.387 million
8.Tennis: Australian Open (late)1.371 million
9.The Big Bang Theory 1.317 million
10.ABC News1.308 million

The Winners (metro): 

1.Seven News6pm1.355 million
2.Tennis: Australian Open (night)7.30pm1.278 million
3.Nine News6pm1.278 million
4.Today Tonight6.30pm1.175 million
5.Tennis: Australian Open (late)10.30pm1.039 million
6.Home and Away7pm1.037 million
7.The Big Bang Theory  7.30pm1.028 million
8.A Current Affair6.30pm1.022 million

The Losers: Ten, for the encores (repeats) of Young Talent Time (541,000), New Girl (553,000) and Homeland (380,000). I know it was to lift the visibility of the three programs, but it could be a case of second time round bores the pants of the audience for next Sunday night. Encores are standard TV operating procedure for new programs. But they still are repeats.

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

1.Seven News7pm1.355 million
2.Nine News6pm1.278 million
3.Today Tonight6pm1.175 million
4.A Current Affair6.30pm1.022 million
5.ABC News7pm952,000
6.Ten News6.05pm698,000
7.7.307.30pm595,000
8.The Project5pm469,000
9.SBS News6.30pm159,000
10.The Drum
10.35pm114,000(+29,00)*
11.SBS News6.30pm86,000

*On News 24 simulcast

In the morning:

1.Sunrise7am406,000
2.Today7am294,000

FTA: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 37.7%, from Nine (3) on 25.3%, Ten (3) was on 18.2%, the ABC (4) with 13.4% and SBS (2) with 5.3%. Seven leads the week with 39.2% from Nine on 24.4% and Ten on 19.5%.

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

Source:, TV Networks reports

Main channels: Seven won with 31.0% from Nine on 17.3%, Ten with 12.6%, with ABC 1 on 9.0% and SBS ONE with 3.8%. Digital: GO won with 4.3% from Gem and Eleven on 3.7%. The 10 channels had an FTA share of 27.3%. GO leads the week with 4.3% from 7TWO on 3.9% and 7mate on 3.8%.

Pay TV: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 31.5%, from Nine (3) on 21.1%, Ten (3) was on 15.2%, Pay TV was on 14.1% for the 200 or more channels, the ABC (4) was on 11.2% and SBS (2) with 4.5%.


The top five pay TV channels were:

1.3.21%
2.2.10%
3.1.67%
4.1.51%
5.1.49%.

The five most-watched programs on pay TV were:

1.Family Guy 67,400
2.The Simpsons61,800
3.Coronation St. 59,600
4. The Simpsons 58,800
5.Eastenders57,400

Regional: Prime/7Qld ( 3 channels) won with a share of 38.5% from WIN/NBN (3) on 28.6%, SC Ten (3) on 16.0%, the ABC (4) was on 11.3% and SBS (2) ended on 5.6%. The main channels were won by Prime/7Qld with 29.2%, with WIN/NBN on 19.2%. The digitals were won by 7TWO with 4.9% and GO with 4.9%, with 7mate on 4.4%. The 10 digital channels had a total FTA share last night of 29.6%. Prime/7Qld leads the week with 40.7% from WIN/NBN on 25.3%.

The five most-watched programs in regional markets were:

1.Nine News631,000
2.Seven News597,000
3.A Current Affair543,000
4.Tennis: Australian Open (night)474,000
5. Home and Away
438,000

Major Markets: Seven won every metro market, overall and the main channels. Nine was second and Ten third except in the main channels in Perth where Ten was second and Nine third. GO won the digitals in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Gem won Adelaide and Perth was won by 7mate. Seven leads the week in every market thanks to the strong performance of the tennis.

Peter Fray

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