The Glenn Dyer breakdown: Seven won the metro markets overall, Nine won the main channels. Seven was stronger in Adelaide and Perth, Nine was stronger on the East Coast (thanks to the AFL Footy Show and The Block in Melbourne).

Apart from that, a fairly average night.

The Block managed a million viewers in metro markets, which is OK, but not brilliant. Worryingly for Nine, The Celebrity Apprentice was again weak.

The Footy Shows averaged 750,000 nationally, with 333,000 of those watch the AFL version in Melbourne from 9.30pm. The NRL program averaged 170,000 in Sydney and 105,000 in Brisbane.

There was a lot of talk about how Foxtel’s move to screen all nine AFL games each round live might hurt Seven. Well, this weekend, Seven will show seven of the nine games live either nationally, or to a market or markets where the teams are based. For example:

  • Tonight’s game, St Kilda v. Freo will go across the network on the main channel and 7mate
  • Tomorrow afternoon sees Carlton v Essendon playing at 3pm the afternoon and broadcast in Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane.
  • The 7.30pm game, West Coast v Hawthorn will be seen in Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.
  • The Collingwood v Port game in the afternoon will be seen in Adelaide only.
  • Adelaide v Western Sydney from 4.30pm will be seen in Adelaide and Sydney.
  • The Brisbane v Gold Coast game will be seen in the Brisbane area at night.
  •  Sunday arvo’s game, Sydney v North Melbourne will go across the network on the main channel and 7mate.
  • The Geelong v Richmond and Melbourne v Footscray games won’t be seen anywhere on Seven.

The next NRL contract has to have that flexibility.

Tonight: NRL on Nine. AFL on Seven’s main channel, mate and Pay TV. Better Homes and Gardens on Seven’s main channel in northern markets. Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries on ABC at 8.30pm. Young Talent Time on Ten (if you are desperate). Australia v NZ Rugby League Test from New Zealand on Nine’s main channel and Gem from 7.30pm.

Saturday: AFL on Seven’s main channel, 7mate and Pay TV. Seven’s main channel in northern markets is full of movies. Nine is full of movies after Australia’s Funniest Home Videos at 6.30pm. Ten, well avoid as well. ABC 1 has a fresh New Tricks and then Whitechapel.

Sunday: The morning chats. NRL on Nine’s main channel and Gem in the afternoon. AFL on Seven’s main channel, 7mate and  Pay TV. At night, The Voice on Nine from 6.30pm for two hours then the first run telemovie Beaconsfield. Seven has Dancing with the Stars then a fresh Bones. Ten has fresh episodes of The Biggest Loser, Modern Family, New Girl and a new series called Touch. Waking the Dead on ABC 1 at 8.30pm.

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

  1. Seven News — 1.751 million
  2. Nine News — 1.627 million
  3. The Block (Nine) — 1.537 million
  4. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.505 million
  5. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.400 million
  6. Today Tonight (Seven) — 1.360 million
  7. The Celebrity Apprentice (boardroom) — 1.298 million
  8. ABC News — 1.288 million
  9. The Celebrity Apprentice (challenge) — 1.129 million
  10. Ten News — 998,000

The Metro Winners:

  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.221 million
  2. The Block (Nine) (7pm) — 1.099 million
  3. Nine News (6pm) — 1.095 million
  4. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.067 million

The Losers: Glee on Ten, 568,000 at 7.30pm. The Biggest Loser, 609,000 at 7pm for a 40 minute episode. Not good enough. Desperate Housewives at 9.30pm on Seven, 429,000.

Metro News & CA: Nine News won Sydney and Melbourne, Seven News won the rest. ACA won Sydney and Melbourne and TT won the rest.

  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.221 million
  2. Nine News (6pm) — 1.095 million
  3. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.067 million
  4. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 980,000
  5. ABC News (7pm) — 917,000
  6. Ten News (5pm) — 725,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) (7.30pm) –615,000
  8. The Project (Ten) (6.30pm) — 522,000
  9. The Project (Ten) (6pm) — 435,000
  10. SBS  News (6.30pm) — 173,000
  11. Lateline (ABC) (10.30pm) — 152,000
  12. The Business (ABC) (11.05pm) — 84,000
  13. The Drum (News 24) (6pm) — 42,000
  14. SBS News (10.30pm) — 37,000

In the morning: Another weak effort by Ten’s Breakfast which is now back around what Ten’s old 6am News was getting on an average morning.

  1. Sunrise (Seven) (7am) — 402,000
  2. Today (Nine) (7am) — 369,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) (9am) — 186,000
  4. Mornings (Nine) (9am) — 100,000
  5. The Circle (Ten) (9am) — 56,000
  6. News Breakfast (ABC) (6am) — 40,000 (+21,000)*
  7. Breakfast (Ten) (7am) — 27,000

*On News 24 simulcast

Metro FTA: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 31.6% from Nine (3) on 30.5%, Ten (3) was on 18.1%, the ABC (4) was on 14.3% and SBS (2) ended on 5.5%. Nine leads the week with 35.0% from Seven on 27.9%. Main Channels: Nine won with a share of 23.5% from Seven on 21.4%, Ten was on 12.4%, ABC 1, 10.1% and SBS ONE was on 5.0%. Nine leads the week with 29.7% with Seven on 21.7% and Ten on 12.7%.

Metro Digital: 7TWO won with a share of 6.0% from 7mate on 4.3%, GO on 4.2%, Eleven on 3.4%. Gem was on 2.8%, ABC 2 was on 2.4%, as was ONE. ABC 3 ended on 1.0%, News 24, 0.8% and SBS TWO, 0.5%. The 10 digital channels had an FTA share last night of 27.8%. 7TWO leads the week with 3.6% from 7mate on 3.3% and GO on 3.0%.

Pay TV: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 25.6% from Nine (3) on 24.7%, Pay TV (200 plus channels) was on 16.9%, Ten (3) was on 14.7%, the ABC (4) was on 11.6% and SBS (2) ended on 4.5%. The 15 FTA channels share of viewing last night was 83.1%. The five main channels share was 60.9%, the 10 digital channels total was 22.2%

The top five pay TV channels were:

  1. Fox 8 (3.7%)
  2. Lifestyle (2.6%)
  3. Nickelodeon (2.1%)
  4. TV 1 (2.0%)
  5. Discovery Channel (1.8%)

The five most-watched programs on pay TV were:

  1. Grand Designs Australia (Lifestyle) — 108,000
  2. American Idol (Fox 8) — 96,200
  3. The Simpsons (Fox 8) — 96,100
  4. AFL: AFL 360 (Fox Footy) — 93,000
  5. AFL: AFL Teams (Fox Footy) — 88,400

Regional: Prime/7Qld (3 channels) won with a share of 33.5%, from WIN/NBN (3) on 28.5%, SC Ten (3) on 18.6%, the ABC (4) on 15.2% and SBS (2) on 4.3%. WIN/NBN won the main channels with 22.0% from Prime/7Qld on 19.6%. The Digitals were won by 7TWO with 7.0%, 7mate was on 6.9% and GO was on 4.4%. The 10 digital channels had a total FTA share last night of a high 31.6%. WIN/NBN leads the week with 32.6% from Prime/7Qld on 30.7%.

The five most-watched programs in regional markets were:

  1. Nine News — 532,000
  2. Seven News — 530,000
  3. A Current Affair — 525,000
  4. Home and Away — 472,000
  5. The Block — 436,000

Major Metro Markets: Another mixed night. Nine won Sydney and Melbourne, overall and the main channels. Seven won Brisbane overall, but Nine won the main channels. Seven though won Adelaide and Perth overall and the main channels. 7TWO had a clean sweep in the digitals. Nine leads Seven and Ten in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Seven leads in Adelaide and Perth.

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

*Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

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