The Glenn Dyer breakdown: A tight night, with Hamish & Andy’s Gap Year on Nine topping the night with more than 1.4 million metro viewers and nationally with more than 1.9 million.

Seven won overall, thanks to the big audiences for the AFL in Adelaide and Perth, but Nine won the main channels. Interestingly, the AFL game between West Coast and Carlton couldn’t push Seven to a win in the main channels in Melbourne last night. Nine still got home thanks to 503,000 people watching their heroes, Hamish and Andy. and the 471,000 who watched The Block in Melbourne. They were the biggest audiences for any program across the country last night.

The AFL averaged 673,000 on Seven’s main channel in metro markets, with 371,000 watching in Melbourne. A further 53,000 watched the game on 7mate in metro markets. Nationally, the game had 804,000 viewers on the main channel and 78,000 on 7mate, so not much support from regional areas. A further 218,000 watched the game on Pay TV.

Silk on ABC 1 at 8.30pm averaged 557,000 and 779,000 nationally. Photo Finish averaged 492,000 on ABC 1 at 8pm and 706,000 nationally. Needs more exposure and developing.

Tonight: AFL on Seven (main channel and 7mate) and on Pay TV. The Block everywhere, NRL on Nine’s main channels in NSW and Queensland, Gem elsewhere. Repeats on Nine’s main channel in AFL markets. Better Homes and Gardens on Seven’s main channel in all markets at 7.30pm. The AFL starts at 8.30pm from Adelaide. MasterChef‘s master class on Ten at 7pm. Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell on ABC 1 at 8pm and then Silent Witness.

Saturday: AFL on Seven (Sydney and Brisbane only) and on pay TV, which also has the NRL. The ABC has Death in Paradise at 7.30 pm. The second rugby union Test between Australia and Wales on Nine and Pay TV. The Graham Norton Show on Ten.

Sunday: Morning chats. AFL on Seven (Brisbane and Adelaide only) and on pay TV, which also has NRL coverage. The Voice concludes tonight and tomorrow on Nine. There are episodes of Tricky Business tonight and tomorrow after The Voice as Nine tries to save this turkey. The Block is also on Nine. Dancing with the Stars ends on Seven tonight over two and a half long hours from 6.30pm. Ten has MasterChef. Wallander on ABC 1 at 8.30pm.

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

  1. Hamish & Andy’s Gap Year (Nine) — 1.992 million
  2. Seven News — 1.978 million
  3. The Block (Nine) — 1.948 million
  4. Nine News — 1.727 million
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.596 million
  6. MasterChef (Ten) — 1.456 million
  7. Today Tonight (Seven) — 1.389 million
  8. ABC News — 1.273 million
  9. Hot Seat (Nine) — 1.074 million
  10. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.044 million

The Metro Winners:

  1. Hamish & Andy’s Gap Year (Nine) (8pm) — 1.413 million)
  2. Seven News (6pm) — 1.352 million
  3. The Block (Nine) (7pm) — 1.319 million
  4. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.148 million
  5. Nine News (6pm) — 1.127 million
  6. MasterChef (Ten) (7pm) — 1.058 million
  7. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 1.037 million

The Losers: Nothing really, a confused night after the NRL State of Origin on Wednesday on Nine and the AFL on Seven last night.

Metro News & CA: Nine News and A Current Affair won Melbourne. Seven News and Today Tonight won the rest.

  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.352 million
  2. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.148 million
  3. Nine News (6pm) — 1.127 million
  4. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 1.037 million
  5. ABC News — 899,000
  6. Ten News (5pm) — 715,000
  7. The Project (Ten) (6.30pm) — 636,000
  8. 7.30 (ABC) (7.30pm) — 580,000
  9. The Project (Ten) (6pm) — 432,000
  10. Lateline (ABC) (10.25pm) — 239,000
  11. SBS News (6.30pm) — 166,000
  12. The Business (ABC) (11.10pm) — 144,000
  13. SBS News (10.30pm) — 50,000
  14. The Drum (News 24) (6pm) — 47,000

In the morning: Another weak morning for Ten’s Breakfast. How long can this go on?

  1. Sunrise (Seven) (7am) — 370,000
  2. Today (Nine) (7am) — 324,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) (9am) — 195,000
  4. Mornings (Nine) (9am) — 125,000
  5. The Circle (Ten) (9am) — 50,000
  6. News Breakfast (ABC) (6am) — 48,000 (+31,000)*
  7. Breakfast (Ten) (7am) — 31,000

*On News 24 simulcast

Metro FTA: Seven (3 channels) won overall with 29.2%, from Nine (3) on 27.5%, Ten (3) was on 21.6%, the ABC (4) was on 16.1% and SBS (2) was on 5.7%. Nine leads the week with 32.2% from Seven on 27.8% and Ten is on 20.3%. Main Channels: Nine won with a share of 22.9% from Seven with 22.6%. Ten was on 15.1%, ABC 1 was on 10.5% and SBS ONE was on 4.9%. Nine leads the week with 26.9% from Seven on 21.3% and Ten on 14.9%.

Metro Digital: Eleven and 7TWO tied last night with 4.0% each, from ABC 2 on 3.8%, 7mate on 2.6%, ONE with 2.5%, GO on 2.4%, Gem on 2.3%, ABC 3 on 1.0% and News 24 and SBS TWO on 0.8% each. The 10 digital channels had a total FTA share last night of 23.6%. 7mate leads the week with 3.3%, from 7TWO and GO on 3.2% and Eleven with 3.1%.

Metro including Pay TV: Seven (3 channels) won overall with 24.2%, from Nine (3) on 22.8%, Ten (3) was on 17.9%, Pay TV (200 plus channels, with 14.8%, the ABC (4) was on 13.3% and SBS (2) was on 4.7%. The 15 FTA channels had a total FTA share of 85.2% last night. The five main channels share was 65.1%, the 10 digital channels share was 20.1%.

The top five pay TV channels were:

  1. Fox Footy (3.6%)
  2. Fox 8 (2.7%)
  3. Lifestyle (2.4%)
  4. TV1 (2.3%)
  5. Discovery (1.7%)

The five most-watched programs on pay TV were:

  1. AFL: West Coast v Carlton (Fox Footy) — 218,000
  2. Beeny’s Restoration Nightmare (Lifestyle) — 107,000
  3. Gold Rush (Discovery) — 80,000
  4. Family Guy (Fox 8) — 77,000
  5. The Simpsons (Fox 8) — 73,000

Regional: WIN/NBN (3 channels) won with a share of 31.3% from Prime/7Qld (3) with 28.6%, SC Ten (3) was on 20.0%, the ABC (4) was on 15.0% and SBS (2) was on 5.2%. WIN/NBN won the main channels with 25.2%, from Prime/7Qld on 20.3%. 7TWO won the digitals with 6.0%, from Eleven on 4.6% and ABC 2 on 3.5%. the 10 digital channels had an FTA share last night of a high 28.7%. WIN/NBN leads the week with 34.0% from Prime/7Qld on 28.8%. WIN/NBN will win the week.

The five most-watched programs in regional markets were:

  1. The Block — 628,000
  2. Seven News — 625,000
  3. Nine News — 600,000
  4. Home and Away — 578,000
  5. A Current Affair — 560,000

Major Metro Markets: The now usual mixed night with Nine winning overall and the main channels in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Seven was second except in Brisbane where Ten pushed it into third spot. It’s interesting the AFL didn’t push Seven to a win last night. In Adelaide and Perth, Seven won thanks to the AFL. 7TWO won the digitals in Sydney and Adelaide. Eleven won Melbourne and Brisbane. 7mate won Perth. Nine 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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