The Glenn Dyer breakdown: Well, there was only one thing (well, sorry, two, Outnumbered was the other) that you needed to see last night and that was the switch hit six by Dave Warner in the Twenty20 match between Australia and India from Sydney on Nine. Good entertainment, it didn’t have the tension that the Tests have, but who cares, it was entertaining.

The Twenty20 did the job for Nine, but because of time differences it finished early evening in Perth and Seven won the night. The time difference also played a part in Seven winning Adelaide overall, but Nine won the main channels.

Tonight. The Straits on the ABC at 8.30pm to 10.20pm. It’s a new series, one of the broadcaster’s high profile productions for 2012. A sort of Seachange for criminals? Seven returns Desperate Housewives at 8.30pm for their last gallop. Ten has A Gifted Man (after The Biggest Loser). Nine has Excess Baggage, which is losing more weight than the contestants. Nine also returns CSI at 8.30pm.

The top 10 national programs (metro & regional combined): My Kitchen Rules had its third 2 million plus audience in a row last night.

  1. Twenty20 cricket: Australia v India (Nine) — 2.235 million
  2. My Kitchen Rules (Seven) — 2.067 million
  3. Seven News — 1.731 million
  4. Nine News — 1.654 million
  5. Excess Baggage (Nine) (repeat) — 1.517 million
  6. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.373 million
  7. Today Tonight (Seven) — 1.291 million
  8. ABC News — 1.191 million
  9. Twenty20 cricket: Australia v India (prematch) — 1.113 million
  10. The Biggest Loser (Ten) — 1.094 million

The Metro Winners:

  1. My Kitchen Rules (Seven) (7.30pm) — 1.503 million
  2. Twenty20 cricket: Australia v India (Nine) (7.30) –1.462 million
  3. Seven News (6pm) — 1.177 million
  4. Nine News (6pm) — 1.131 million
  5. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.045 million

The Losers: Hard to say because of the cricket. But if Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation on Ten at 8pm can’t rise from last night’s 678,000 when the competition is a bit easier, then it and Ten are in trouble. The Biggest Loser, 757,000. It is going the way The Renovators did for Ten last year: failing to fire and costing a lot of money.

Metro News & CA: Nine News won Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Seven won the rest. A Current Affair was pre-empted in Bbrisbane by the cricket. Today Tonight won Melbourne, A Current Affair won Sydney, Adelaide and Perth.

  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.177 million
  2. Nine News (6pm) — 1.131 million
  3. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.045 million
  4. ABC News (7pm) — 862,000.
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 838,000
  6. Ten News (5pm) — 678,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) (7.30pm) — 526,000 (+27,000)*
  8. The Project (Ten) (6pm) — 461,000
  9. SBS News (6.30pm) — 187,000
  10. Lateline (ABC) (10.35pm) — 127,000
  11. The Drum (ABC) (6pm) – 120,000 (+26,000)*
  12. SBS News (10.30pm) — 103,000
  13. The Business (ABC) (11.10pm) — 93,000

*On News 24 simulcast

In the morning:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) (7am) — 366,000
  2. Today (Nine) (7am) — 355,000

FTA: Nine (three channels) won with a share of 35.5%, from Seven (3) on 28.6%, Ten (3) on 19.1%, the ABC (4) was on 12.3% and SBS (2) ended on 4.5%. Seven leads the week with 35.5% from Nine on 26.3% and Ten on 20.3%.

Main Channels. Nine won with a share of 30.1%, from Nine on 21.6%, Ten was on 13.2%, ABC 1 was on 8.0% and SBS ONE was on 3.7%. Seven leads the week on 29.7% from Nine on 20.2% and Ten with 14.4%.

Digital: Eleven won with a share of 3.6%, from 7TWO and 7mate on 3.5% each. ABC 2 and Gem were on 2.8% each. GO was on 2.6%, ONE was on 2.3%, ABC 3 was on 0.9%, SBS TWO was on 0.8% and News 24 ended with 0.7%. That’s an FTA viewing share of 23.5%. Eleven leads the week with 3.4%, from GO on 3.2% and 7TWO on 3.1%.

Pay TV: Nine (three channels) won with a share of 29.5%, from Seven (3) on 23.7%, Ten (3) on 15.9%, Pay TV finished with 14.0% for its 200 plus channels, the ABC (4) was on 10.2% and SBS (2) ended on 3.7%. The 15 FTA channels had a share of 86.0% last night. The 10 digital channels share totalled 19.2% and the five main channels were on 66.8%.

The top five pay TV channels were:

  1. Fox 8 (3.33%)
  2. Lifestyle (2.67%)
  3. TV 1 (1.86%)
  4. Crime and Investigation (1.77%)
  5. Fox Classics (1.72%)

The five most-watched programs on pay TV were:

  1. Selling Houses Australia (Lifestyle) — 152,400
  2. Eastenders (UKTV) — 72,500
  3. Futurama (Fox 8) — 70,900
  4. Location, Location, Location (Lifestyle) — 70,000
  5. Coronation Street (UK TV) — 69,500

Regional: WIN/NBN (3 channels ) won with a share of 38.7% from Prime/7Qld (3) on 29.5%, SC Ten (3) was on 17.4%, the ABC (4) ended on 10.1% and SBS (2) finished with 4.2%. WIN/NBN won the main channels with 33.1% from prime/7Qld on 20.6%. &TWO won the digitals with 4.7% from 7mate on 4.3% and Gem with 2.9%. The 10 digital channels had an FTA view last night of 24.6%. Prime/7Qld leads the week with 34.2% from WIN/NBN on 28.5%.

The five most-watched programs in regional markets were:

  1. Twenty20 cricket: Australia v India — 737,000
  2. My Kitchen Rules — 564,000
  3. Seven News — 554,000
  4. Nine News — 523,000
  5. Home and Away — 440,000

Major Markets: The cricket pushed Nine to a win. It won overall and the main channels in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Seven won overall in Adelaide, but None won the main channels. Seven cleaned up in Perth. Eleven won the digitals in Melbourne and Brisbane, 7TWO won Adelaide and Perth. 7mate won Sydney.

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

*Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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