The Glenn Dyer breakdown: A close yet fairly average night. Nothing stood out.

MasterChef did sort of OK for Ten, averaging 1.150 million from 7.30pm, but when that finished around 8.30pm, only 589,000 stayed to watch Touch.

Given its strength from 6pm until 8.30pm, it was really Nine’s night, even if the figures tell us something different. Interestingly, Ten didn’t do well in the main channels in Perth or Adelaide as the support programs for MasterChef flopped. And Ten also didn’t make an impact in regional areas where it was beaten into third.

Nine won last week nationally, but not the regions where Seven through Prime and 7Qld won, despite the NRL on Nine on Friday night. GO won the digitals for Nine. The metro margin though was the narrowest since The Voice started on Nine. Ten did well with MasterChef‘s return and its share picked up (and, it didn’t get beaten in the main channels by ABC 1).

Tonight: The ABC’s news and current affairs hours from 7pm. Try Four Corners at 8.30pm or Q&A at 9.35pm.

Nine has The Block and The Voice, plus the debut of the much hyped local drama, Tricky Business, which starts at 9.30pm, straight after The Voice, so it will get a good launch.

There’s an AFL game in Melbourne on Seven in the southern states and not much else in Brisbane and Sydney.

Ten has MasterChef — with the cast now complete, let the cooking begin.

Nine will win big because of The Voice and the fact there is no real opposition in Sydney and Brisbane markets (and in the regions as well) on Seven. MasterChef on Ten tonight is the only rival in both markets.

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

  1. Nine News — 2.130 million
  2. The Block (Nine) — 2.026 million
  3. Seven News — 1.929 million
  4. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 1.712 million
  5. Dancing with the Stars (Seven) — 1.625 million
  6. MasterChef (Ten) — 1.535 million
  7. Bones (Seven) — 1.332 million
  8. The Diamond Queen (ABC 1) — 1.282 million
  9. ABC News — 1.238 million
  10. Midsomer Murders (ABC 1) — 1.158 million

The Metro Winners:

  1. Nine News (6pm) — 1.525 million
  2. The Block (Nine) (6.30pm) — 1.429 million
  3. Seven News (6pm) — 1.426 million
  4. 60 Minutes (Nine) (7.30pm) — 1.198 million
  5. MasterChef (Ten) (7.30pm) — 1.150 million
  6. Dancing with the Stars (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.110 million

The Losers: Something for everyone: Ten’s Touch at 8.30pm, a big turn off from MasterChef. Seven was weakish against Nine for the early evening.

Metro News & CA:

  1. Nine News (6pm) — 1.525 million
  2. Seven News (6pm) — 1.426 million
  3. 60 Minutes (Nine) (7.30pm) — 1.198 million
  4. ABC News (7pm) — 876,000
  5. Ten News (5pm) — 468,000
  6. The Project (Ten) (6pm) — 468,000
  7. SBS News (6.30pm) — 216,000
  8. The Bolt Report (Ten) (4.30pm) — 136,000

In the morning:

  1. Weekend Sunrise (Seven) (8am) — 327,000
  2. Weekend Today (Nine) (8am) — 292,000
  3. Insiders (ABC) (9am) — 171,000 + 56,000 on News 24 simulcast
  4. Landline (ABC) (Noon) — 145,000
  5. Inside Business (ABC) (10am) — 133,000
  6. The Bolt Report (Ten) (10am) — 120,000
  7. Offsiders (ABC) (10.30am) — 112,000
  8. Meet The Press (Ten) (10.30am) — 90,000

*On News 24 simulcast

Metro FTA: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 28.7% from Nine (3) on 27.0%, Ten (3) was on 22.6%, the ABC (4) was on 16.8% and SBS (2) ended on 4.9%. Main Channels: Seven won with 22.0%, from Nine on 21.2%, Ten was on 16.1%, ABC 1, 13.4% and SBS ONE, 4.1%.

Metro Digital: ONE won narrowly (helped by the Grand Prix in Adelaide and Perth) with a share of 3.6%, from GO and 7mate on 3.5%. 7TWO was on 3.2%, Eleven, 2.8%, Gem, 2.3%, ABC 2 2.0%, News 24, 0.9%, SBS TWO, 0.8% and ABC 3, 0.5%. The 10 digital channels’ FTA share in prime time last night was 23.1%.

Metro including Pay TV: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 23.4% from Nine (3) on 22.0%, Ten (3) was on 18.4%, Pay TV (200 plus channels) was on 16.4%, the ABC (4) was on 13.7% and SBS (2) ended on 4.0%. The 15 FTA channels had a share of 83.6% with the 10 digitals total share, 19.0% and the five main channels share, 64.0%.

The top five pay TV channels were:

  1. Fox Footy (5.70%)
  2. Fox Sports 2 (4.07%)
  3. Fox 8 (2.92%)
  4. TV1 (21.9%)
  5. A&E (1.81%)

The five most-watched programs on pay TV were:

  1. AFL: Sunday pre-Game Show (Fox Footy) — 227,000
  2. AFL: Fremantle-Port Adelaide (Fox Footy) — 223,000
  3. NRL: Canberra v Parramatta (Fox Sports 2) — 210,000
  4. AFL: North Melbourne v Footscray (Fox Footy) — 176,000
  5. AFL: After The Bounce (Fox Footy) — 122,000

Regional: Prime/7Qld (3) won with a share of 30.5%, from WIN/NBN (3) on 27.7%, the ABC (4) was on 18.1%, SC Ten (3) ended with 18.0% and SBS (2) was on 5.7%. In the main channels Prime/7Qld won with 22.5% from WIN/NBN on 20.4%, ABC 1 on 14.5% and SC Ten with 12.7%. The digitals were won by 7mate with 4.3%, with 7TWO and GO on 3.7% each.

The five most-watched programs in regional markets were:

  1. Nine News — 608,000
  2. The Block — 596,000
  3. Dancing with the Stars — 515,000
  4. 60 Minutes — 514,000
  5. Seven News — 502,000

Major Metro Markets: A very mixed night. Nine won Sydney overall and the main channels. Seven won Melbourne and Brisbane overall, but Nine won the main channels. In Adelaide and Perth, Seven won overall and the main channels by margins big enough to push it in front nationally. In Adelaide, Ten was pushed out of third in the main channels by ABC 1. Ten was helped in Perth by the Grand Prix being on ONE (it was on the main channel in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and averaged 330,000 people) and Adelaide. It was why Ten finished second overall in Adelaide and Perth, but fell to third in both markets in the main channels.

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

*Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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