The Glenn Dyer breakdown: Viewers only wanted one program last night: My Kitchen Rules. More than half a million extra viewers watched it than any other program on TV last night.

Kitchen Cabinet on ABC 2 at 9.30pm, 192,000. It’s better TV than Woodley, so why not at 8pm on ABC 1? Or 9.30pm?

Fox in the US has cancelled Terra Nova, the poorly performed sci-fi series that screened on Ten on Sunday nights late last year, after just one series. It was high cost, delayed and poorly received by audiences in the US.

Tonight: Will the third and final ODI cricket final tonight on Nine. The real test will be the ODI against Grey’s Anatomy on Ten. If a weak Grey’s Anatomy beats the ODI in the 8.30pm to 9.30pm hour, then we know that cricket is on the nose. The ODI has to win well tonight.

The ABC has The Straits and Family Confidential: the latter is good TV, the former is rot.

Ten has The Biggest Loser and a fresh Law and Order SVU.

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

  1. My Kitchen Rules (Seven) 2.393 million
  2. Seven News — 1.698 million
  3. Nine News — 1.619 million
  4. Please Marry My Boy (Seven) — 1.433 million
  5. ABC News — 1.413 million
  6. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.396 million
  7. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.334 million
  8. The Biggest Loser (Ten) — 1.217 million
  9. The Big Bang Theory (Nine) — 1.074 million
  10. The Big bang Theory (Nine) — 1.029 million

Metro Winners:

  1. My Kitchen Rules (Seven) (7.30pm) — 1.721 million
  2. Seven News (6pm) — 1.164 million
  3. Nine News (6pm) — 1.108 million
  4. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm)  — 1.048 million
  5. ABC News (7pm) — 1.017 million
  6. Please Marry My Boy (Seven) (8.30pm) — 1.017 million

The Losers: Nine, from 7pm onwards.

The Biggest Loser on Ten beat an hour of The Big Bang Theory. A weak Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation at 8.30pm on Ten (664,000) accounted for a silly Sherlock Holmes movie on Nine at 8.30pm ( 567,000).

Adam Hills in Gordon Street Tonight, 8.30pm ABC 1, 513,000. Weak, again.

Woodley on ABC 1 at 8pm, 331,000. Why is it still on air?

Metro News & CA: Nine News had a good night, winning Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Today Tonight lost Melbourne to A Current Affair, won the rest.

  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.164 million
  2. Nine News (6pm) — 1.108 million
  3. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm)  — 1.048 million
  4. ABC News (7pm) — 1.017 million
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 879,000
  6. Ten News (5pm) — 634,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) (7.30pm) — 572,000
  8. The Project (Ten) (6pm) — 456,000
  9. Lateline (ABC) (10.30pm) — 182,000
  10. SBS News (6.30pm) — 166,000
  11. SBS News (10.30pm) — 113,000
  12. The Business (ABC) (11.05pm) — 90,000
  13. The Drum (News 24) (6pm) — 45,000

*On News 24 simulcast

In the morning: Since Breakfast started on Ten, Seven’s Sunrise has lifted its audience by around 25,000 to 40,000 some mornings (a cash giveaway helps). Today‘s audiences are also solid. Ten is finding it tough to make headway. Around 40,000 is nowhere near enough, but it is still more than last year.

  1. Sunrise (Seven) (7am) — 436,000
  2. Today (Nine) (7am) — 340,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) (9am) — 157,000
  4. Mornings (Nine) (9am) — 117,000
  5. The Circle (Ten) (9am) — 72,000
  6. ABC News Breakfast (ABC) (6am) — 45,000 (+21,000)*
  7. Breakfast (Ten) (7am) — 40,000

Metro FTA: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 35.4% from Nine (3) on 23.1%, Ten (3) was on 21.0%, the ABC (4) ended with 14.6% and SBS (2) was on 6.0%. Seven leads the week with 34.5% from Nine on 26.0% and Ten on 19.4%. Main channels: Seven won with 25.8% from Nine on 18.4%, Ten on 15.0%, ABC 1 on 9.6% and SBS ONE on 4.9%. Seven leads the week with 27.3% from Nine on 20.6% and Ten on 14.4%.

Metro Digital: 7TWO won with a share of 4.8%, from 7mate on 4.7%, Eleven on 3.8%, ABC 2 on 3.2%, GO on 2.4%, Gem on 2.3%, ONE was on 2.2%, SBS TWO was on 1.1%, News 24, 1.0% and ABC 3 ended on 0.8%. The 10 digital channels had an FTA share last night of 26.2%. 7TWO leads the week with 4.2% from 7mate on 3.1% and GO and Eleven with 2.8% each.

Pay TV: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 29.1% from Nine (3) on 19.0%, Ten (3) was on 17.3%, Pay TV (200 plus channels) was on 15.3%, the ABC (4) ended with 12.0% and SBS (2) was on 4.9%. The 15 FTA channels had a total viewing share last night of 84.7%. The 10 digital channels had a share of 21.6%, the five main channels, 63.1%.

The top five pay TV channels were:

  1. Fox 8 (2.92%)
  2. Lifestyle (2.60%)
  3. TV 1 (2.16%)
  4. UKTV (2.05%)
  5. Nick Jr. (1.87%)

The five most-watched programs on pay TV were:

  1. Selling Houses Australia (Lifestyle) — 156,700
  2. Cricket Superstar (Fox 8) — 78,800
  3. The Simpsons (Fox 8) — 77,200
  4. Coronation Street (UKTV) — 76,900
  5. Eastenders (UKTV) — 75,500

Regional: Prime/7Qld (3 channels) had a share of 36.3%, with WIN/NBN (3) on 25.3%, SC Ten (3) was on 21.0%, the ABC (4) ended 12.2% and SBS (2), 5.2%. Prime/7Qld won the main channels with 22.7% from WIN/NBN in 19.7%. 7mate won the digitals with 7.2% from 7TWO on 6.4% and Eleven on 4.2%. The 10 digital channels had an FTA share of 29.8% in prime time last night. Prime/7Qld leads the week with 34.7%, from WIN/NBN on 28.1%.

The five most-watched programs in regional markets were:

  1. My Kitchen Rules — 673,000
  2. Seven News — 535,000
  3. A Current Affair — 515,000
  4. Nine News — 510,000
  5. Home and Away — 431,000

Major Metro Markets: A clean sweep for Seven, overall and the main channels in all five metro markets. Ten finished second overall in Brisbane and Perth. Nine was second everywhere else. 7TWO won Sydney, Adelaide and Perth and shared Brisbane with Eleven. 7mate won Melbourne; Seven leads the week everywhere, with Nine second and Ten 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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