The Glenn Dyer breakdown: The Rudd resignation got viewers flocking to the news channels: News 24 had a 2.2% share in metro markets and 3.0% in regional areas. Sky News finished second among Pay TV channels on Foxtel and Austar. The Dream on News 24 and 7.30 saw significant jumps in audience (7.30 made the top 10 national programs). Paul Murray Live on Sky News saw its audience surge to where it was the second most watched program on Pay TV with 109,000 from 9pm to 10pm , which is more than the audience that watched SBS’s 10.30pm News.

Ten’s new morning program, Breakfast, started this morning, instead of next Monday. Good luck. It was started 12 hours after the network revealed a 12% drop in revenue and 40% plunge in earnings for the six months to the end of this month.

Woodley was OK, just over half a million viewers first up, which is about right.

Seven dominated thanks to My Kitchen Rules and Please Marry My Boy.

The Kitchen Cabinet sneak peak averaged 320,000 on ABC 1, but the program proper averaged 192,000 at 9.30pm on ABC 2. The figures have it, it was on the wrong network. An ABC programming blunder! Will the program have to change after Monday’s leadership bout?

Tonight: The Straits at 8.30pm. At 8pm, Family Confidential: the Holmes à Courts. Luke Nguyen’s Greater Mekong — a new series — at 7.30 pm. Seven has My Kitchen Rules and Grey’s Anatomy. Nine has the second episode of Earthflight (wasted on this night). Ten has The Biggest Loser and another fresh Law and Order: SVU. 7.30 and the others on the argy bargy in Canberra.

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

  1. My Kitchen Rules (Seven) — 2.355 million
  2. Seven News — 1.734 million
  3. Nine News — 1.578 million
  4. Please Marry My Boy (Seven) — 1.494 million
  5. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.435 million
  6. ABC News — 1.413 million
  7. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.340 million
  8. Today Tonight (Seven) — 1.290 million
  9. 7.30 (ABC 1) — 111 million
  10. Sherlock (Nine) — 1.009 million

Metro Winners:

  1. My Kitchen Rules (Seven) (7.30pm) — 1.633 million
  2. Seven News (6pm) — 1.204 million
  3. Nine News (6pm) — 1.118 million
  4. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.027 million
  5. Please Marry My Boy (Seven) (8.40pm) — 1.026 million
  6. Home and Away (Seven) (7pm) — 1.005 million
  7. ABC News (7pm) — 1.004 million

The Losers: Ten: Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation at 8pm, 627,000. The Good Wife at 9pm, 519,000. The Biggest Loser at 7 pm, 666,000. Sherlock on Nine at 8.30pm, 729,000.

Metro News & CA: Nine News had a good night, winning Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane as the networks scrambled to cover the Kevin Rudd resignation story. A Current Affair won Sydney. Today Tonight won the rest. The Drum‘s at 10pm had a bigger audience than the 6pm broadcast! News 24’s evening share more than doubled to 2.2% last night to catch the Rudd story. 7.30‘s audience jumped by around 100,000 viewers because of the Rudd story and the program made the national top 10.

  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.204 million
  2. Nine News (6pm) — 1.118 million
  3. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.027 million
  4. ABC News (7pm) — 1.004 million
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 860,000
  6. 7.30 (ABC) (7.30pm) — 744,000
  7. Ten News (5pm) — 636,000
  8. The Project (Ten) (6pm) — 519,000
  9. Lateline (ABC) (10.30pm) — 280,000
  10. SBS News (6.30pm) — 179,000
  11. The Drum (News 24) (10pm) — 114,000
  12. The Business (ABC) (11.05pm) — 111,000 (+73,000)
  13. The Drum (News 24) (6pm) —  85,000
  14. SBS News (10.30pm) — 71,000

*On News 24 simulcast

In the morning: A weak morning for Nine’s Mornings.

  1. Sunrise (Seven) (7am) — 352,000
  2. Today (Nine) (7am) — 324,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) (9am) — 139,000
  4. Mornings (Nine) (9am) — 77,000
  5. The Circle (Ten) (9am) — 55,000

FTA: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 34.5%, Nine (3) was second with 24.1%, Ten (3) was on 18.9%, the ABC (4) was on 17.0% and SBS (2) ended on 5.5%. Seven leads the week with 32.6%, from Nine in 27.3% and Ten on 19.1%. Main Channels: Seven won with 25.9% from Nine on 18.7% with Ten on 13.0%, ABC 1 was on 11.1% and SBS One ended with 4.5%. Seven leads the week with 26.0% from Nine on 20.6%, with Ten on 13.8%.

Digital: 7mate won with 4.5%, with 7TWO on 4.1%, Eleven was on 3.4%, ABC 2 was on 3.2%, GO was on 2.8%, Gem was on 2.6%, ONE was on 2.4%, News 24 was on 2.2%, SBS TWO ended on 0.9% and ABC 3 was on 0.5%. The 10 digital channels had an FTA share of 26.6%. GO and 7TWO lead the week with 3.5% each. Gem is third on 3.2%.

Pay TV: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 28.5%, Nine (3) was second with 19.9%, Ten (3) was on 15.6%, Pay TV (200 plus channels) was on 15.1%, the ABC (4) was on 14.1% and SBS (2) ended on 4.5%. The 15 FTA channels had a share of 84.9% last night. The 10 digital channels had a share of 21.8% and the five main channels, 63.1%.

The top five pay TV channels were:

  1. Fox 8 (3.72%)
  2. Sky News (2.64%)
  3. Lifestyle (2.58%)
  4. UKTV (2.17%)
  5. TV 1 (1.86%)

The five most-watched programs on pay TV were:

  1. Selling Homes Australia (Lifestyle) — 129,800
  2. Paul Murray Live (Sky News) — 109,000
  3. The Simpsons (Fox 8) — 94,100
  4. Family Guy (Fox 8) — 93,100
  5. Futurama (Fox 8) — 80,600

Regional: Prime/7Qld (3 channels) won with a share of 34.6% from WIN/NBN (3) on 24.9%, SC Ten (3) was on 19.5%, the ABC (4) was on 16.1% and SBS (2) ended with 4.9%. Prime/7Qld won the main channels with 23.4%, from WIN/NBN on 18.0%. 7mate won the digitals with 6.0% from 7TWO on 5.2% and Eleven was on 4.7%. The 10 digital channels had a total FTA share last night of 32.4%. News 24 also saw a big jump in viewing in regional areas where it had a 3.0% share, just over three times what it normally gets.

The five most-watched programs in regional markets were:

  1. My Kitchen Rules –722,000
  2. Seven News — 530,000
  3. A Current Affair — 480,000
  4. Please Marry My Boy — 467,000
  5. Nine News — 459,000

Major Markets: Seven had another clean sweep last night overall and in the main channels, in all five metro markets. Ten slipped into second in both in Perth as Nine was again weak. 7mate won everywhere bar Adelaide where 7TWO won. Seven leads the week in all five metro markets, though it is close in Sydney and Melbourne.

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

*Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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