The Glenn Dyer breakdown: Nine’s night. The Block did well in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, where it was 1st or 2nd for the night, but not so in Adelaide and Perth where it is down the top 10 a bit. In fact it was the big winning margin in Melbourne that got Nine home. Nine and Ten though did far better in the demos than Seven. Pay TV had its best night of the week so far.

News 24 failed to cover any of the Jeremy Hunt testimony at the Leveson inquiry last night which was disappointing. It was far more important than the blather from Tony Blair on Monday night.

WARNING! Diamond Jubilee boredom alert: The ABC has already given us three episodes of The Diamond Queen, now the ABC and the commercial networks will give us more coverage of the actual event starting on Sunday night. In fact we will have, for the first time in years, one of the best known bits of classical music played on commercial TV in this country with Handel’s Water Music getting an outing for the River Thames parade on Sunday night and Monday morning. Today and Sunrise are out of London. Nine will of course remind us they have the London Olympics next month.

Tonight: NRL on Nine (main channel and Gem), AFL on Seven (main channel and 7mate) and on Pay TV. Better Homes and Gardens on Seven in NRL markets/states. Ten has MasterChef‘s master class. The ABC Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell and then Silent Witness.

Saturday: The ABC ends New Tricks at 7.30pm. Hustle returns at 9.30pm for its few fans. Movies on Seven and Nine, and Ten, after The Graham Norton Show. SBS has Bollywood Star — watch at 7.30pm if you are at home. It will be easier to understand than last weekend’s overdose of Eurovision. NRL on Pay TV, AFL on Seven, main channels and 7mate.

Sunday: Morning chats. Landline on ABC 1 at Noon. AFL on Seven and Pay TV, NRL on pay TV and Nine. At night Seven has Dancing with the Stars and Downton Abbey. Nine has The Block and 60 Minutes, Ten has MasterChef. The ABC has a movie of that Patrick White novel: Eye of The Storm; a chance to watch two fine actors in Judy Davis and Geoffrey Rush.

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

  1. Seven News — 1.812 million
  2. The Block (Nine) — 1.723 million
  3. Nine News — 1.689 million
  4. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.555 million
  5. MasterChef (Ten) — 1.464 million
  6. Today Tonight (Seven) — 1.405 million
  7. ABC News — 1.368 million
  8. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.249 million
  9. Hot Property (Nine) — 1.127 million
  10. Hot Seat (Nine) — 998,000

The Metro Winners:

  1. The Block (Nine) (7pm) — 1.239 million
  2. Seven News (6pm) — 1.204 million
  3. Nine News (6pm) — 1.171 million
  4. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.162 million
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 1.054 million
  6. MasterChef (Ten) (7pm) — 1.053 million
  7. Hot Property (Nine) (8pm) — 1.013 million

The Losers: Nothing really on a weak night of TV overall. News 24 for not covering Jeremy Hunt from London (or a part of his testimony).

Metro News & CA: Nine News won Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Seven won the rest. Today Tonight won Sydney, Adelaide and Perth. A Current Affair won Melbourne and Brisbane.

  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.204 million
  2. Nine News (6pm) — 1.171 million
  3. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.162 million
  4. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 1.054 million
  5. ABC News (7pm) — 956,000
  6. Ten News (5pm) — 695,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) (6.30pm) — 647,000
  8. The Project (Ten) (6.30pm) — 587,000
  9. The Project (Ten) (6pm) — 423,000
  10. Lateline (ABC) (10.25pm) — 206,000
  11. SBS News (6.30pm) — 176,000
  12. The Business (ABC) (11pm) — 114,000
  13. SBS News (10.30pm) — 54,000
  14. The Drum (News 24) (6pm) — 44,000

In the morning: Another weak morning for Ten’s Breakfast.

  1. Sunrise (Seven) (7am) — 374,000
  2. Today (Nine) (7am) — 308,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) (9am) — 182,000
  4. Mornings (Nine) (9am) — 81,000
  5. The Circle (Ten) (9am) — 69,000
  6. News Breakfast (ABC) (6am) — 42,000 (+25,000)*
  7. Breakfast (Ten) (7am) — 29,000

*On News 24 simulcast

Metro FTA: Nine (3 channels) won with a share of 28.7% from Seven (3) on 27.9%, Ten (3) was on 22.2%, the ABC (4) was on 15.4% and SBS (2) was on 5.8%. Seven still leads the week with 28.7% from Nine on 28.5%, with ten on 21.5%. Main Channels: Nine won with a share of 22.4%, from Seven on 19.8%, Ten was on 15.5%, ABC 1 was on 11.1% and SBS ONE ended on 4.9%. Nine leads the week with 22.8% from Seven on 21.9% and Ten on 15.6%.

Metro Digital: 7TWO won with a share of 4.7% from GO on 4.1%, Eleven was on 3.8%, 7mate was on 3.4%, ONE was on 2.9%, ABC 2 was on 2.4%, Gem was on 2.2%, SBS TWO ended up with 0.9%, News 24 was on 0.8% and ABC 3 was on 0.5%. the 10 digital channels share last night was 25.7%, 7TWO leads the week with 3.7%, from GO and Eleven on 3.3%.

Metro including Pay TV: Nine (3 channels) won with a share of 23.8% from Seven (3) on 23.1%, Ten (3) was on 18.4%, Pay TV (200 plus channels) ended on 14.9%, the ABC (4) was on 12.8% and SBS (2) was on 4.8%. The 15 FTA channels viewing share last night was 85.1%. The 10 digital channels share totalled 20.3%, the five main channels share was 64.8%.

The top five pay TV channels were:

  1. Fox 8 (3.3%)
  2. Lifestyle (2.7%)
  3. Fox Classics (2.5%)
  4. TV 1 (2.1%)
  5. Nick Jr, Discovery, A&E (1.6%)

The five most-watched programs on pay TV were:

  1. Grand Designs Australia (Lifestyle) — 114,000
  2. AFL: League Teams (Fox Footy) — 94,000
  3. Where Eagles Dare (Fox Classics) — 87,000
  4. The Simpsons (Fox 8) — 76,000
  5. Gold Rush (Discovery) — 74,000.

Regional: Prime/7Qld (3 channels) won overall with a share of 31.3% from WIN/NBN (3) with 27.2%, SC Ten (3) was on 22.3%, the ABC (4) was 15.1% and SBS (2) ended with 4.1%. WIN/NBN won the main channels with 20.8% from Prime/7Qld on 19.6%. 7mate won the digitals with 6.0% from 7TWO on 5.7% and GO and Eleven with 4.5% each. The 10 digital channels had an FTA share last night of a high 30.6%. Prime/7Qld still leads the week with 31.5%, with WIN/NBN on 28.2%.

The five most-watched programs in regional markets were:

  1. Seven News — 608,000
  2. Nine News — 518,000
  3. A Current Affair — 499,000
  4. The Block — 484,000
  5. Home and Away — 416,000

Major Metro Markets: Nine beat Seven and Ten overall and in the main channels in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Seven won Adelaide and Perth, overall and in the main channels. Ten was second overall in Adelaide though and Nine was third. In the digitals, 7TWO won Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. GO won Perth, Eleven won Brisbane. Nine leads Seven and Ten for the week so far in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. In Adelaide it’s Seven from Ten and Nine. In Perth it’s Seven from Nine and Ten.

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

*Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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