The Glenn Dyer breakdown: The Voice did even better than its big Sunday night opening, adding 367,000 metro viewers last night. Nationally it averaged more than 3.33 million people, or 300,000 more across the country than the 3.3037 million on Monday night.

The Block returned at 7 o’clock with a modest 1.404 million metro viewers and 1.945 million nationally (not as popular as The Logies frocks on the carpet on Sunday night). The Block was popular in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, but not so well watched in Adelaide, Perth and regional markets.

Ten was squeezed to fourth by the ABC’s solid news and current affairs line-up. SBS’s was watched by only 49,000 people in metro markets at 10.30pm-11pm.

Ten must be getting worried about The Project’s ratings and the reaction of advertisers to the low figures (compared to its 7pm performance in 2011). Last night Ten split The Project into two programs, 6pm-6.30pm and 6.30pm-7pm. It isn’t, of course, two programs, but the split is to show advertisers and others that part of the program is doing OK. That part is the 6.30pm slot, which averaged 649,000 against 506,000 for the 6pm slot.

If the two had been combined, the average last night would have been about 577,000, which is OK without being brilliant. The move to split the program for ratings purposes raises the question, why is Ten persisting with an hour-long version?

Tonight: More The Voice and The Block and a fresh The Big Bang Theory on Nine. Seven has Australia’s Got Talent and a returning Packed to the Rafters at 8.30pm. The ABC has Country Town Rescue and a Miss Marple repeat at 8pm and 8.30pm respectively. Ten has fresh The Biggest Loser, Bondi Vet and NCIS from 7pm. Insight and Dateline on SBS from 8.30pm.

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

  1. The Voice (Nine) — 3.338 million
  2. The Block (Nine) — 1.945 million
  3. Australia’s Got Talent (Seven) — 1.880 million
  4. Nine News — 1.868 million
  5. Seven News — 1.849 million
  6. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.839 million
  7. Revenge (Seven) — 1.623 million
  8. ABC News — 1.463 million
  9. Today Tonight (Seven) — 1.461 million
  10. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.425 million

The metro winners:

  1. The Voice (Nine) (8pm) — 2.541 million
  2. The Block (Nine) (7pm) — 1.404 million
  3. Nine News (6pm) — 1.270 million
  4. Seven News (6pm) — 1.255 million
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30) —  1.208 million
  6. Australia’s Got Talent (Seven) (7.30pm) — 1.196 million
  7. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.152 million
  8. Revenge (Seven) (8.30pm) — 1.106 million
  9. ABC News (7pm) — 1.048 million

The Losers: Ten, squeezed by everyone, including the ABC.

Metro News & CA: Nine News had a big win thanks to the strength in Sydney and Melbourne and Brisbane. A Current Affair beat Today Tonight with wins in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane as well.

  1. Nine News (6pm) — 1.270 million
  2. Seven News (6pm) — 1.255 million
  3. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30) —  1.208 million
  4. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.152 million
  5. ABC News (7pm) — 1.048 million
  6. 7.30 (ABC) (7.30pm) — 768,000
  7. Ten News (5pm) — 762,000
  8. Australian Story (ABC) (8pm) — 761,000
  9. The Project (Ten) (6.30pm) — 649,000
  10. Q&A (ABC) (9.35pm) — 629,000
  11. Four Corners (ABC) (8.30pm) — 538,000
  12. Media Watch (ABC) (9.20pm) — 510,000
  13. The Project (Ten) (6pm) — 506,000
  14. Lateline (ABC) (10.35pm) — 303,000
  15. SBS News (6.30pm) — 182,000
  16. The Business (ABC) (11.10pm) — 149,000
  17. SBS News (10.30pm) — 49,000
  18. The Drum (News 24) (6pm) — 49,000

*On News 24 simulcast

In the morning: Ten’s Breakfast actually shed viewers from the early edition to finish with 28,000. News Breakfast on the ABC easily beat it with 66,000 viewers on ABC 1 and News 24.

  1. Sunrise (Seven) (7am) — 415,000
  2. Today (Nine) (7am) — 387,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) (9am) — 224,000
  4. Mornings (Nine) (9am) — 143, 000
  5. The Circle (Ten) (9am) –46,000
  6. News Breakfast (ABC) (6am) — 43,000 (+23,000)*
  7. Breakfast (Ten) (7am) — 28,000

*On News 24 simulcast

Metro FTA: Nine (three channels) won with a share of 37.7% from Seven (three) on 27.8%, the ABC (four), 16.1%, Ten (three) on 14.9% and SBS (two) on 3.5%. Nine leads the week with 39.9% from Seven on 25.5% and Ten with 16.5%. Nine has won the week.

Main Channels: Nine won with 32.1% from Seven on 21.5%, ABC 1 was on 12.4%, Ten was on 10.9% and SBS ONE ended with 3.0%. Nine leads the week with 34.7% from Seven on 19.9% and Ten on 12.2%.

Metro Digital: 7TWO won with 3.6% from GO on 3.4%, 7mate on 2.8%, ABC 2 on 2.5%, Eleven on 2.4%, Gem on 2.3%, ONE was on 1.6%, News 24 was on 0.7%, ABC 3 was on 0.6% and SBS TWO was on 0.4%. The 10 digital channels had an FTA share of 21.3% in prime time. GO leads the week with 2.9% from 7TWO and 7mate on 2.8% each.

Pay TV:  Nine (three channels) won with a share of 32.2% from Seven (three) on 23.8%, the ABC (four), 13.7%, Ten (three) on 12.7%, pay TV (200-plus channels) was on 12.3% and SBS (two) ended on 3.0%. The 15 FTA channels had a total viewing share last night of a very high 87.7% (which from memory is close to if not the highest this year). The 10 digitals had a share of 18.3% and the five main channels share was 69.0%. The absence of a Monday night NRL game on pay TV helped boost the FTA share by reducing pay TV viewing.

The top five pay TV channels were:

  1. Fox 8 )2.8%)
  2. TV 1 (2.2%)
  3. A&E (2.1%)
  4. Fox Footy (1.9%)
  5. Nick Jr. (1.7%)

The five most-watched programs on pay TV were:

  1. AFL: On The Couch (Fox Footy) — 143,500
  2. Family Guy (Fox 8) — 101,800
  3. AFL: AFL 360 (Fox Footy) — 95,300
  4. Pawn Stars (A&E) — 85,600
  5. The Simpsons (Fox 8) — 82,500

Regional: WIN/NBN (four) won with 34.6% from Prime/7Qld (three) on 32.1%, the ABC (four) on 15.8%, SC Ten (three) 14.5% and SBS (two) 3.1%. WIN/NBN had a bigger win on the main channels with a share of 29.0%, from Prime/7Qld on 23.5%. The digital channels were won by 7TWO with 4.9% from 7mate on 3.6% and GO on 3.3%. The 10 digital channels had a share of 21.8%.

WIN/NBN leads the week with 36.9% from Prime/7Qld on 28.6%.

The five most-watched programs in regional markets were:

  1. The Voice — 797,000
  2. Australia’s Got Talent — 685,000
  3. A Current Affair — 630,000
  4. Nine News — 598,000
  5. Seven News — 595,000

Major Metro Markets: Nine won everywhere but Adelaide where Seven won overall. Nine won the main channels. The ABC third everywhere but Brisbane where Ten snuck into the slot. ABC 1 was third everywhere on the main channels. GO won Sydney and Brisbane. 7TWO on Melbourne and Adelaide, 7mate won Perth. Nine leads the week everywhere.

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

*Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports