The Glenn Dyer breakdown: Looking at last night’s ODI cricket match on Gem between Sri Lanka and India and the evening audience of 280,000 viewers, you can understood why Nine didn’t want to show it on the main channel. It was one of Nine’s worst nights of the year so far.

Meanwhile, it was Ten’s best weeknight of the year in metro areas. Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation, 758,000, in metro markets wasn’t very solid, neither was the 718,000 for The Biggest Loser. But they were enough.

And why, on Adam Hills in Gordon Street Tonight, which returned to ABC 1 last night, did Hills direct questions to Rob Sitch and actor Josh Lawson during the interview with Jonathon Lynn, one of the creators of Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister. They detracted from Lynn’s presence and looked rude and demeaning. With his background, he would have been entitled to a longer, solo segment.

Tonight: The Straits, episode 2 on the ABC at 8.30pm; Family Confidential at 8pm. My Kitchen Rules on Seven, and if you are interested, Grey’s Anatomy returns at 8.30pm. Ten has The Biggest Loser and Law & Order: S.V.U.. Nine has CSI and CSI: NY. Be very, very wary.

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

  1. My Kitchen Rules (Seven) — 2.061 million
  2. Seven News — 1.592 million
  3. Nine News — 1.564 million
  4. A Current Affair  (Nine) — 1.500 million
  5. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.439 million
  6. Today Tonight — 1.283 million
  7. ABC News — 1.231 million
  8. Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation (Ten) — 1.075 million
  9. The Biggest Loser (ten) — 1.045 million
  10. Absolutely Fabulous 20th Anniversary Specials (ABC 1) — 965,000

Metro Winners:

  1. My Kitchen Rules (Seven) (7.30pm) — 1.453 million
  2. Seven News (6pm) — 1.113 million
  3. Nine News (6pm) — 1.063 million
  4. Home and Away (Seven) (7pm) — 1.021 million
  5. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.010 million

The Losers: Nine last night. What a waste of time and effort, even though it is not official ratings yet.

Metro News & CA: Nine News won Sydney and Melbourne, A Current Affair won Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.113 million
  2. Nine News (6pm) — 1.063 million
  3. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.010 million
  4. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 993,000
  5. ABC News — 891,000
  6. Ten News (5pm) — 701,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) (7.30pm) — 631,000
  8. The Project (Ten) (6pm) — 506,000
  9. SBS News (6.30pm) — 186,000
  10. Lateline (ABC) (10.30pm) — 180,000
  11. The Business (ABC) (11.05pm) — 129,000
  12. The Drum (ABC) (6pm) — 122,000 (+28,000)
  13. SBS News (10.30pm) — 109,000

*On News 24 simulcast

In the morning: Status quo, Nine’s new Mornings lost a little ground from the opening two audiences where it averaged 104,000 viewers. (I reported yesterday that its audience lifted to 155,000: that was its national figure and there was no growth in the metro markets).

  1. Sunrise (Seven) (7am) — 348,000
  2. Today (Nine) (7am) —  302,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) (8am) — 149,000
  4. Mornings (Nine) (9am) — 98,000
  5. The Circle (Ten) (9pm) — 43,000

Metro FTA: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 31.1% from Nine (3) on 24.7%, Ten (3) on 23.1%, the ABC (4) on 15.5% and SBS (2) on 5.7%. Seven leads the week with 31.4% from Nine on 26.0% and Ten on 21.8%. Main Channels: Seven won with a share of 22.5% from Ten on 16.0%, Nine was on 14.6%.

Metro Digital: Gem with the ODI cricket from Perth had an easy win with a share of 6.3%. 7TWO had a share of 4.8%, GO and 7mate were on 3.8%, Eleven 3.7%, ABC 2 was on 3.2%, ONE was on 3.3%, SBS TWO was on 1.1%, News 24 was on 0.8% with ABC 3 on 0.5%. The 10 channels had a share of 31.7% last night. 7TWO leads the week now with 3.8%, with GO and Gem on 3.7% each.

Pay TV: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 25.5% from Nine (3) on 20.2%, Ten (3) on 18.9%, Pay TV (200 plus channels) on the ABC (4) on 15.5% and SBS (2) on 5.7%. the 15 FTA channels had a share of viewing last night of 84.6%, with the 10 digitals on a high 25.7% and the five main channels on a low 58.9%.

The top five pay TV channels were:

  1. Fox 8 (3.42%)
  2. Lifestyle (2.99%)
  3.  UKTV (2.15%)
  4. Fox Classic (2.03%)
  5. TV 1 (1.87%)

The five most-watched programs on pay TV were:

  1. Selling Houses Australia (Lifestyle) — 157,000
  2. The Simpsons (Fox 8) — 78,400
  3. Cricket Superstar (Fox 8) — 77,500
  4. Country House Revisited (Lifestyle) — 70,700
  5. Grimm (Fox 8) — 69,100

Regional: Prime/7Qld (3 channels) won with a share of 32.4% from WIN/NBN (3) on 27.4%, SC Ten (3) was 20.8%, the ABC (4) was on 14.6% and SBS (2) was on 4.9%. Prime/7Qld won the main channels with 21.9% from WIN/NBN on 15.8% and SC Ten on 14.3%. Gem won the digitals with 7.6%, with 7TWO on 5.8% and 7mate on 4.6%. The 10 digital channels were boosted by the cricket on Gem to a very high 34.8% share of FTA viewing. prime/7Qld leads the week with 31.7% from WIN/NBN on 29.0%.

The five most-watched programs in regional markets were:

  1. My Kitchen Rules –608,000
  2. A Current Affair — 506,000
  3. Nine News — 499,000
  4. Seven News — 479,000
  5. Home and Away 419,000

Major Markets: A clean sweep for Seven overall and the main channels. Ten was second overall in Perth in front of a weak Nine. Ten was second in the main channels everywhere in front on Nine. Gem won Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth with the ODI, but not Brisbane, where 7TWO won. Seven leads the week everywhere. In Perth Ten is second and Nine third.

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

*Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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