The Glenn Dyer breakdown: Despite a winning Australian cricket team in prime time getting the win for Nine, the network will have had a few palpitations when they examine the detailed data.

The One Day Cricket was only strong in Sydney and Melbourne where Nine won by margins big enough to win nationally. Daylight Saving played a big role in the performances in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. Most surprising of all was Brisbane, where the game couldn’t get Nine home in the main channels where Seven won.

Nine had the weak CSI New York and CSI Miami after the cricket, Seven had Bones and Castle which proved too strong (as did the Seven News). Nine won Brisbane overall thanks to solid performances of its two digital channels, GO and Gem.

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Because of India’s slow over rate, the timings and early figures on some of the Nine programs might be a bit awry.

Seven finished where it probably thought it would: second, but within sight and ready to go to the lead tonight and tomorrow night.

Ten would have been disappointed with the strong starting Sunday night line up again fading under pressure. But the audience was still higher than a year ago.

Last Week: Week 1 of official ratings to Seven, nationally, metro and regional. Seven won overall, the main channels and a close win in the digitals. For the second Saturday night in a row Pay TV just won the night’s ratings over Seven. Seven had Seven of the top 10 national programs last week, led by Revenge and My Kitchen Rules. Nine had three programs.

On Pay TV, the new Fox Footy channel launched last weekend with the live broadcast of the Collingwood versus GWS match attracting an audience of 259,000 (the most watched program last week on pay TV). Of the 259,000 viewers, 202,000 were in the five metro markets. The NAB Cup game between the Bulldogs and Collingwood averaging 242,000. Fox Sports 2 broadcast of the Rugby League’s Charity Shield game in Sydney between St George and Souths attracting an audience of 244,000.

Tonight: The ABC’s News and Current Affairs evening. Seven has My Kitchen Rules and Revenge.  Nine has Alcatraz which is after a fresh The Big Bang Theory. Ten has not much at all: The Biggest Loser.

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

  1. Nine News — 2.049 million
  2. Cricket: Australia v India (session 2) (Nine) — 1.917 million
  3. Seven News — 1.689 million
  4. Sunday Night (Seven) — 1.549 million
  5. The Force (Seven) — 1.499 million
  6. Border Security (Seven) — 1.452 million
  7. Cricket: Australia v India (session 1) (Nine) — 1.421 million
  8. Modern Family (Ten) — 1.409 million
  9. Bones (Seven) — 1.393 million
  10. Midsomer Murders (ABC 1) – 1.336 million

Metro Winners:

  1. Nine News (6pm) — 1.395 million
  2. Cricket: Australia v India (Nine) (6.30pm) — 1.272 million
  3. Seven News (6pm) — 1.201 million
  4. Sunday Night (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.075 million
  5. The Force (Seven) (8pm) — 1.068 million
  6. Modern Family (Ten) (7.30pm) — 1.036 million
  7. Border Security (Seven) (7.30pm) — 1.021 million

The Losers: Young Talent Time: 716,000 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. It seems to have overstayed its welcome with viewers. Homeland, down to 876,000. New Girl faded to 953,000 from more than a million viewers.

News & CA:

  1. Nine News (6pm) — 1.395 million
  2. Seven News (6pm) — 1.201 million
  3. Sunday Night (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.075 million
  4. ABC News (7pm) — 761,000
  5. Ten News (5pm) — 402,000
  6. The Project (Ten) (6pm) — 308,000
  7. SBS News (6.30pm) — 125,000

*On News 24 simulcast

In the morning:

  1. Weekend Sunrise (Seven) (8am) — 342,000
  2. Weekend Today (Nine) (8am) — 262,000
  3. Landline (ABC) (Noon) 199,000
  4. Insiders (ABC) (9am) — 180,000
  5. Offsiders (ABC) (10.30am) — 151,000
  6. The Bolt Report (Ten) (10am) — 133,000
  7. Inside Business (ABC) (10am) — 127,000
  8. Meet The Press (Ten) (10.30am) — 110,000

FTA: Nine (3 channels) won with a share of 31.6% from Seven (3) on 27.9%, Ten (3) was on 19.4%, the ABC (4) was on 16.6% and SBS (2) ended on 4.4%. Main Channels: Nine won with 24.1% from Seven on 22.1%, Ten was on 14.9%, ABC 1 was on 13.5% and SBS ONE ended with 3.7%.

Digital: GO win with 3.9%, from Gem on 3.6%, 7mate was on 3.0%, 7TWO, 2.8%, Eleven was on 2.6%, ABC 2 was on 2.0%, ONE, 1.9%, SBS TWO, 0.8% and ABC 3 and News 24 finished with 0.6% each. the 10 digital channels had an FTA share of 21.8%.

Pay TV: Nine (3 channels) won with a share of 26.7% from Seven (3) on 23.6%, Ten (3) was on 16.4%, the ABC (4) was on 14.1%, Pay TV had 13.3% for its 200 plus channels; and SBS (2) ended on 3.7%. The 15 FTA channels had a total of 86.7% last night, with the 10 digital channels on 18.3% and the five main channels, 68.4%.

The top five pay TV channels were:

  1.  Fox 8 (3.0%)
  2.  Fox Footy (2.5%)
  3. TV 1 (2.4%)
  4.  Lifestyle (1.6%)
  5.  Disney (1.5%)

The five most-watched programs on pay TV were:

  1. AFL: Fremantle v Essendon (Fox Footy) — 164,800.
  2. AFL: West Coast v Essendon. (Fox Footy) — 151, 900
  3. AFL: Fremantle v West Coast (Fox Footy) — 127,300
  4. The Bombing of Darwin (History Channel) — 111,500
  5. The Simpsons (Fox 8) — 96,300

Regional: WIN/NBN (3 channels) won with a share of 33.8%, from Prime/7Qld (3) on 29.6%, SC Ten (3) was third with 17.6%, the ABC (4) was on 15.2% and SBS (2) ended on 3.7%. WIN/NBN won the main channels with 26.4% from Prime/7Qld on 20.5%. 7mate won the digitals with 6.1% from GO on 4.0% and Gem with 3.5%. The 10 digital channels had an FTA share last night of 25.0%.

The five most-watched programs in regional markets were:

  1. Nine News — 652,000
  2. Cricket: Australia v India (session 2) — 644,000
  3. Sunday Night — 495,000
  4. Cricket: Australia v India (session 1) — 494,000
  5. Border Security — 430,000

Major Markets: Nine won overall and the main channels in Sydney and Melbourne. Nine also won overall in Brisbane, but Seven won the main channels. Seven won Adelaide and Perth overall and the main channels. GO won the digitals in Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth and shared Sydney with Gem. 7mate won Adelaide.

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

*Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

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