The Glenn Dyer breakdown: Nine started Alcatraz with the pilot and then the first episode of the series at 8.30pm and 9.30pm respectively: they did moderately well (1.133 million and 1.036 million). Nine also used up two fresh episodes of The Big Bang Theory: the first got 1.347 million, the second, 1.491 million. Good figures. Nine’s audience was up, I assume there were smiles all around at the network this morning.

However, Seven is wearing the winner’s grin: My Kitchen Rules averaged 1.673 million from 7.30pm and then debutante Revenge blew everything out of the water with a metro average of 2.067 million (and over 2.8 million nationally). So Nine was well beaten on a night the network probably thought it would win, or go very close. It was not in the hunt.

The figures for Revenge show that female viewers watched it in their hundreds of thousands, across the ages. Male viewers preferred The Big Bang Theory: they were in the minority.

My Kitchen Rules featured the highest ever contestant score last night of 95. Hard to top that in the rest of the series.

Tonight: Foreign Correspondent visits Bavaria in Germany. Genius, also on the ABC, at 9.30 is worth a look on its debut. Seven has My Kitchen Rules and then the return of Packed to the Rafters. Ten has NCIS returning. Nine has Two and A Half Men returning at 8.30. Nine’s Two Broke Girls at 8 o’clock has been heavily promoted. The ODI cricket between India and Sri Lanka from Adelaide is on Gem.

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

  1. Revenge (Seven) — 2.881 million
  2. My Kitchen Rules (Seven) — 2.364 million
  3. The Big Bang Theory (Nine) — 2.034 million
  4. Seven News — 1.971 million
  5. The Big Bang Theory (Nine) — 1.825 million
  6. Nine News — 1.675 million
  7. Today Tonight (Seven) — 1.619 million
  8. Alcatraz (Nine) — 1.613 million
  9. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.484 million
  10. Alcatraz (Nine) — 1.453 million

Metro Winners:

  1. Revenge (Seven) (8.40pmpm) — 2.067 million
  2. My Kitchen Rules (Seven) (7.30pm) — 1.673 million
  3. The Big Bang Theory (8pm)  — 1.491 million
  4. Seven News (6pm) — 1.374 million
  5. The Big Bang Theory (Nine) (7.30pm) — 1.347 million
  6. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.323 million
  7. Nine News (6pm) — 1.152 million
  8. Alcatraz (Nine) (8.30pm) — 1.133 million
  9. Home and Away (Seven) (7pm) — 1.039 million
  10. Alcatraz (Nine) (9.30pm) — 1.036 million
  11. ABC News — 1 million

The Losers: Ten, squeezed badly between Seven and Nine: Bondi Rescue at 8pm, 448,000, Hawaii Five O at 8.30pm, 396,000 and The Biggest Loser at 7pm, 776,000. Just not competitive.

Metro News & CA: The audience all but ignored Four Corners‘ breathless, boring effort on the Labor leadership. Seven News has a rare big win in Sydney and a more common loss in Melbourne, but won the rest easily. Today Tonight won nationally and in every market for the first time in weeks.

  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.374 million
  2. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.323 million
  3. Nine News (6pm) — 1.152 million
  4. ABC News — 1 million
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 907,000
  6. Australian Story (ABC) (8pm) — 846,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) (7.30pm) — 732,000
  8. Ten News (5pm) — 725,000
  9. Four Corners (ABC) (8.30pm) — 725,000
  10. Media Watch (ABC) (9.20pm) — 625,000
  11. Q&A (ABC) (9.35pm) — 613,000 (+37,000)*
  12. The Project (Ten) (6pm) — 461,000
  13. Lateline (ABC) (10.30pm) — 294,000
  14. The Business (ABC) (11.05pm) — 171,000
  15. SBS News (6.30pm) — 158,000
  16. The Drum (ABC) (6pm) — 152,000 (+18,000)*
  17. SBS 1, 10.30 – 11 pm) — 61,000.

*On News 24 simulcast

In the morning:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) (7am) — 375,000
  2. Today (Nine) (7am) — 336,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) (9am) — 180,000
  4. Mornings (Nine) (9am) — 110,000
  5. The Circle (Ten) (9am) — 45,000

Metro FTA:  Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 34.5% from Nine (3) on 29.2%, the ABC (4) was third with 16.3%, just in front of Ten (3) with 16.1% in 4th. SBS (2) ended on 3.8%. Seven leads the week on 31.4% from Nine on 29.0% and Ten with 19.5%. Main Channels: Seven won easily with 28.4% from Nine on 23.8%, ABC 1 on 13.0%, Ten on 10.6% and SBS ONE on 2.7%. Seven leads the week with 25.4% from Nine on 23.3% and Ten on 14.2%.

Metro Digital: 7TWO won with a share of 3.5%, from Eleven and GO on 2.8% each. Gem and ONE ended on 2.7% each, 7 mate was on 2.5% and ABC 2, 2.2%. SBS TWO ended on 1.2% and News 24 and ABC finished with 0.6% each. the 10 digital channels had an FTA share of 21.6% last night. 7TWO leads the week with 3.2% from GO and Eleven on 3.0%.

Pay TV: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 29.5% from Nine (3) on 24.9%, the ABC (4) was third with 13.9%, just in front of Ten (3) with 13.8% in 4th. Pay TV (200-plus channels) averaged 12.1% last night and SBS (2) ended on 3.3%. The 15 FTA channels had a total TV viewing share last night of 87.9% with the 10 digital channels totalling 18.5% and the five main channels, 69.4%.

The top five pay TV channels were:

  1. Fox 8 (4.92%)
  2. TV 1 (2.04%)
  3. UKTV (1.86%)
  4. Lifestyle (1.79%)
  5. 111 Hits (1.48%)

The five most-watched programs on pay TV were:

  1. The Grammys (Fox 8) (7.38pm) — 87.7000
  2. Coronation Street (UKTV) — 78,300
  3. The Grammys (Live) (Fox 8) (12pm) — 78,200
  4. Wife Swap Australia (Lifestyle) — 70,800
  5. Family Guy (Fox 8) — 70,300

Regional: Prime/7Qld (3 channels) won with a share of 35.6% from WIN/NBN on 29.3%, SC Ten (3) was on 15.3%, the ABC (4) was on 15.5% and SBS (2) was on 3.8%. Prime/7Qld won the main channels with 27.4% from WIN/NBN on 23/7%, with ABC 1 on 11.6% and SC Ten on 10.3%. 7TWO won the digitals with 5.0%, with 7mate on 3.1%. The 10 digital channels had an FTA share of 24.1% last night. WIN/NBN still lead the week on 31.7%, with Prime/7Qld on 31.0%.

The five most-watched programs in regional markets were:

  1. Revenge — 824,000
  2. My Kitchen Rules — 700,000
  3. Seven News — 611,000
  4. The Big Bang Theory — 553,000
  5. Nine News — 534,000

Major Markets: Seven didn’t have a clean sweep. It won overall in every market (very close in Melbourne), but Melbourne saw Nine get up in the main channels thanks to strong support for The Big Bang Theory and Alcatraz. Seven won the main channels elsewhere. The ABC and ABC 1 were third overall and in the main channels in Sydney and Melbourne and third in the main channels in Perth. 7TWO won the digitals in all five metro markets and Seven leads in every market bar Melbourne where Nine still leads.

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

*Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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