The Glenn Dyer breakdown: Seven won the night overall, Nine and Ten cleaned up the demos. Big wins in Adelaide and Perth and a smaller one in Melbourne got Seven home. The Block and Nine News were very solid in Melbourne.

Nationally some impressive figures last night: 2.56 million for The Block, 2.154 million for 60 Minutes, 2.136 million for Downton Abbey, plus 2.33 and 2.24 million for Nine and Seven News respectively. The 2.136 million viewers for Downton Abbey from around 8.40 until 10 o’clock or so is why Seven won the night.

On pay TV, the NRL game between Melbourne and Auckland was the most-watched program yesterday with a solid 261,000 viewers. It easy beat the Brisbane-West Coast AFL game with 218,000 viewers.

In metro markets, Dancing with the Stars averaged 1.527 million in 2011. Last night it averaged 1.176 million in the five metro markets. MasterChef did better for Ten with 1.330 million metro viewers, down 300,000 on the 1.641 million average for 2011, not that far from last year’s average of above 1.4 million. Downton Abbey averaged 1.497 million, compared with the 1.906 million for the first series last year. The Block averaged 1.806 million, higher than the 1.34 million average for the Monday to Friday program last year.

Meanwhile, 220,000 watched the diamond jubilee on ABC1 from 10.55 and 101,000 watched on News 24 from 10.30.

Last week: Seven won overall and the main channels in the metro markets with Ten third, then the ABC and SBS GO and 7TWO shared the win in the digital channels. Nine won Sydney and Brisbane (The NRL helped on Friday night). Seven won Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, with the AFL helping the win on Friday and Saturday nights in Melbourne in particular. Nine and Ten won the demos, but the result shows that Nine can no longer depend on The Voice and The Block to win the overall battle: All People might not be as important as it was, but it does come with bragging rights. Ten’s Breakfast averaged 44,000 nationally (including regional markets) Monday to Friday last week. The ABC’s News Breakfast averaged 75,000 on ABC 1 and 48,000 on News 24. Ten’s Breakfast was beaten by a simulcast!

Friday: Seven won from Nine and Ten, then the ABC and SBS as the AFL proved more popular than the NRL. Seven won the main channels from Nine.

Saturday: Seven won easily thanks to the AFL. The ABC was second, Nine third, Ten fourth and then SBS. Seven won the main channels from ABC1.

Tonight: The ABC’s 4½ hours of news and current affairs. Try Australian Story at 8 o’clock for an interesting story on actor Kate Mulvany. Seven has Revenge. Nine has The Voice. Ten has MasterChef Australia.

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

  1. The Block (Nine) — 2.556 million.
  2. Nine News — 2.333 million.
  3. Seven News — 2.248 million.
  4. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 2.154 million.
  5. Downton Abbey (Seven) — 3.136 million.
  6. MasterChef Australia (Ten) — 1.748 million.
  7. Dancing with the Stars (Seven) — 1.739 million.
  8. The Mentalist (Nine) — 1.274 million.
  9. ABC News (7pm) — 1.190 million.
  10. Modern Family (Ten) — 1.099 million.

The Metro Winners:

  1. The Block (Nine) (6.30pm) — 1.806 million.
  2. Nine News (6pm) — 1.642 million.
  3. Seven News (6pm) — 1.551 million.
  4. Downton Abbey (Seven) (8.40pm) — 1.497 million.
  5. 60 Minutes (Nine) (7.30pm) — 1.455 million.
  6. MasterChef Australia (Ten) (7.30pm) — 1.330 million.
  7. Dancing with the Stars (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.176 million.

The Losers: Nothing really, well Ten, beaten on a night by pay TV’s 200 channels and apart from MasterChef, the rest of the Super Sunday line-up went MIA. Touch at 8.30, 490,000 (It did beat the movie version of Eye of The Storm on ABC1 in the same slot which averaged 456,000). New Girl at 7 o’clock, 643,000.

Metro News & CA:

  1. Nine News (6pm) — 1.642 million.
  2. Seven News (6pm) — 1.551 million.
  3. 60 Minutes (Nine) (7.30pm) — 1.455 million.
  4. ABC News (7pm) — 866,000.
  5. Ten News (5pm) — 527,000.
  6. The Project (Ten) (6pm) — 400,000.
  7. SBS News (6.30pm) — 236,000.

In the morning:

  1. Weekend Sunrise (Seven) (8 o’clock) — 366,000.
  2. Weekend Today (Nine) (8 o’clock) — 313,000.
  3. Landline (ABC1) (Noon) — 221,000.
  4. Insiders (ABC1) (9 o’clock) — 164,000 + 52,000 on News 24 simulcast.
  5. The Bolt Report (Ten) (10 o’clock) — 160,000.
  6. The Bolt Report Repeat (Ten) (4.30pm) — 156,000.
  7. Offsiders (ABC1) (10.30) — 148,000.
  8. Insider Business (ABC1) (10 o’clock) — 138,000.
  9. Meet the Press (Ten) (10.30) — 107,000.

*On News 24 simulcast

Metro FTA: Seven (three channels) won with a share of 32.2%, from Nine (three) on 29.1%, Ten (three) was on 19.3%, the ABC (four) was on 15.4%) and SBS (two) was on 3.9%. Main channels: Seven won with a share of 24.9%, from Nine on 24.0%, Ten was on 14.3%, ABC 1, 11.5% and SBS ONE, 3.0%.

Metro Digital: Seven’s 7mate won with a share of 4.7%, from GO on 3.1%, Eleven was on 2.7%, 7TWO, 2.6%, ONE, 2.4%, Gem, 2.0%, ABC 2, 1.7%, News 24, 1.6%, SBS TWO, 0.9% and ABC 3, 0.5%. The 10 digital channels; total FTA share was 22.2%.

Metro including pay TV: Seven (three channels) won with a share of 26.2%, from Nine (three) on 23.7%, pay TV (200-plus channels) was on 16.4%, Ten (three) was on 15.7%, the ABC (four) was on 12.5%) and SBS (two) was on 3.2%. The 15 FTA channels had a share of 83.6%. The five main channels share was 64.4%, the 10 digitals, 18.0%.

The top five pay TV channels were:

  1. Fox Footy 5.5%.
  2. Fox Sports 2 — 2.8%.
  3. TV 1 — 2.4%.
  4. Fox 8 — 2.2%.
  5. Fox Sports 1 — 2.0%.

The five most-watched programs on pay TV were:

  1. NRL: Melbourne v Auckland (Fox Sports 2) — 261,000.
  2. AFL: Brisbane v West Coast (Fox Footy) — 218,000.
  3. AFL: Collingwood v Gold Coast (Fox Footy) — 214,000.
  4. AFL: After The Bounce (Fox Footy) — 128,000.
  5. AFL: Pre-Game Show (Fox Footy) — 114,000.

Regional: Prime/7Qld (3 channels) won with a share of 32.2%, from WIN/NBN (three) on 31.1%, SC Ten (three) was on 17.5%, the ABC (four) was on 14.5% and SBS (two) ended on 4.8%. Prime/7Qld won the main channels with 25.5%, from WIN/NBN on 23.8%. GO won the digitals with 3.9% from 7TWO on 3.5% and Gem on 3.4%.

The five most-watched programs in regional markets were:

  1. The Block — 749,000.
  2. 60 Minutes — 719,000.
  3. Seven News — 698,000.
  4. Nine News — 689,000.
  5. Downton Abbey — 639,000.

Major Metro Markets: Nine won Sydney and Brisbane overall and the main channels. Seven won Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, overall and in the main channels. Meanwhile, 7mate won Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth (the AFL markets). GO won Sydney and Brisbane.

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

Peter Fray

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