The Glenn Dyer breakdown: Seven won a fairly quiet night of TV.

Ten’s MasterChef failed to crack the million viewer mark last night, averaging 933,000 viewers from 7.30pm (for 75 minutes). That was a pity because the restaurant challenge was interesting. That’s the second night in a row MasterChef has failed to crack the million viewer mark.

Randling was better last night, but unfortunately for the program, viewers deserted it, only 491,000 people tuned in, almost 400,000 less than the debut audience.

Celebrity Apprentice finished last night and there was no evidence that the inadvertent airing on Ninemsn of vision of the winner the night before had any impact. Viewers were still reluctant to tune in. The boardroom bit averaged 901,000, the challenge section, 837,000 and the winner’s announcement rose to 1.036 million, which is like damning something with faint praise.

Tonight: NRL and AFL Footy Shows on Nine from 9.30pm. Hot Property is back on Nine at 8pm, after The Block at 7pm. Will the property slump help or hinder it? Ten has MasterChef, then Glee. Silk is on the ABC at 8.30pm (it still shows some promise). Seven has the split night with Better Homes in AFL markets and repeats of Border Security and the Force on Seven (plus a fresh episode of Medical Emergency). Then it runs Grey’s Anatomy and Desperate Housewives. SBS starts what could be an interesting foodie program at 7.30pm about island food in the Pacific and South East Asia called Island Feast with Peter Kuruvita.

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

  1. Seven News — 1.989 million
  2. Nine News — 1.770 million
  3. Australia’s Got Talent (Seven) — 1.640 million
  4. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.570 million
  5. The Block (Nine) — 1.562 million
  6. Today Tonight (Seven) — 1.435 million
  7. Home & Away (Seven) — 1.361 million
  8. Celebrity Apprentice (winner announced) (Nine) — 1.346 million
  9. ABC News — 1.334 million
  10. MasterChef (Ten) — 1.288 million

The Metro Winners:

  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.369 million
  2. Nine News (6pm)– 1.240 million
  3. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.174 million
  4. The Block (Nine) (7pm) — 1.104 million
  5. Australia’s Got Talent (Seven) (7.30pm) — 1.072 million
  6. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 1.041 million
  7. Celebrity Apprentice (winner announced) (9pm) — 1.036 million

The Losers: Randling and Laid on ABC 1 and perhaps Celebrity Apprentice on Nine.

Metro News & CA: Seven News and Today Tonight had a better night, winning Sydney, losing Melbourne and winning the rest.

  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.369 million
  2. Nine News (6pm)– 1.240 million
  3. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.174 million
  4. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 1.041 million
  5. ABC News — 951,000
  6. Ten News (5pm) — 699,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) (7.30pm) — 687,000
  8. The Project (Ten) (6.30pm) — 584,000
  9. The Project (Ten) (6pm) — 460,000
  10. Lateline (ABC) (10.30pm) — 205,000
  11. SBS News (6.30pm) — 175,000
  12. The Business (ABC) (11.05pm) — 105,000
  13. SBS News (10.30pm) — 86,000
  14. The Drum (News 24) (6pm) — 48,000

*On News 24 simulcast

In the morning: Ten’s Breakfast still lags badly.

  1. Sunrise (Seven) (7am) — 381,000
  2. Today (Nine) (7am)  — 324,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) (9am) — 160,000
  4. Mornings (Nine) (9am) — 115,000
  5. The Circle (Ten) (9am) — 63,000
  6. News Breakfast (ABC) (6am) — 52,000 (+21,000)*
  7. Breakfast (Ten) (7am) — 36,000

Metro FTA: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 31.8%, from Nine (3) on 26.7%, Ten (3) was on 21.0%, the ABC (4) ended on 14.2% and SBS (2) was on 6.4%. Nine still leads the week with 29.7% from Seven on 28.4% and Ten on 21.2%. Main Channels: Seven won with 24.0% from Nine on 20.5%, Ten was on 14.5%, ABC 1, 10.1% and SBS ONE, 5.3%. Nine leads the week with 24.1% from Seven on 21.8% and Ten on 15.6%.

Metro Digital: 7TWO won narrowly with 4.3%, from Eleven on 4.1%, with GO on 3.6%. 7Mate was on 3.5%, Gem was on 2.6%, ABC 2, 2.4%, ONE was on 2.3%, SBS TWO was on 1.0%, News 24, 0.9% and ABC 3, 0.8%. The 10 digital channels had an FTA share of 25.5% in prime time last night. 7TWO leads the week with 3.6% from GO on 3.3% and Eleven on 3.2%.

Metro including Pay TV: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 26.3%, from Nine (3) on 22.1%, Ten (3) was on 217.3%, Pay TV (200 plus channels) was on 14.9%, the ABC (4) ended on 11.8% and SBS (2) was on 5.3%. The 15 FTA channels had a total viewing share last night of 85.1%, with the five main channels on 64.0% and the 10 digital channels share, 21.1%.

The top five pay TV channels were:

  1. Fox 8 (3.2%)
  2. TV 1 (2.3%)
  3. Lifestyle (2.1%)
  4. A&E (1.7%)
  5. Fox Classics (1.5%)

The five most-watched programs on pay TV were:

  1. Family Guy (Fox 8) — 81,000
  2. AFL: AFL 360 (Fox Footy) — 77,000
  3. Storage Wars (A&E) — 73,000
  4. AFL: Open Mike (Fox Footy) — 69,000
  5. Pawn Stars (A&E) — 68,000

Regional: Prime/7Qld (3 channels) won with a share of 36.0%, from WIN/NBN (3) on 26.3%, SC Ten (3) was on 18.0%, the ABC (4) was on 13.0% and SBS (2) ended on 6.7%. The main channels were won by Prime/7Qld with 25.3%, from WIN/NBN on 18.7%. 7TWO win the digitals with 6.0%, from GO and 7mate on 4.7% each. Prime/7Qld leads the week with 31.1% from WIN/NBN on 29.2%.

The five most-watched programs in regional markets were:

  1. Seven News — 619,000
  2. Australia’s Got Talent — 569,000
  3. A Current Affair — 529,000
  4. Nine News — 529,000
  5. The Block — 458,000

Major Metro Markets: A clean sweep for Seven overall and the main channels in all five metro markets except Melbourne where Nine won the main channels (thanks to the 6pm news and The Block). Eleven won the digitals in Sydney and Brisbane, 7mate won Melbourne and 7TWO won Adelaide and shared Perth with GO. Nine still leads 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

Peter Fray

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