The Glenn Dyer breakdown: Nine won thanks to Hamish & Andy’s Gap Year and the strength of the AFL Footy Show in Melbourne, helped, of course, by The Block.

Ten’s Thursday night football shows, Before the Game, moved to the main channel from ONE last night and averaged a reasonable 499,000 from 8.30pm to 9.30pm (and 618,000 nationally). Nine’s AFL and NRL Footy Shows an hour later averaged 737,000 (and 1.073 million nationally), with 326,000 for the AFL show in Melbourne. Ten’s AFL show averaged 228,000. Nine’s NRL program averaged 156,000 in Sydney and 89,000 in Brisbane. Ten’s show averaged 117,000 in Sydney and 57,000 in Brisbane. A total of more than 1.7 million people watched more than two and a half hours of football coverage last night on Ten and Nine.

Tonight: AFL on Seven and Pay TV. NRL on Nine (then main and digital channels of both Nine and Seven). Seven starts a new UK cop series called Vera in the northern markets after Better Homes and Gardens. Nine has The Block at 7pm. Ten has a Master Chef master class and The Living Room. ABC 1 has Silent Witness after Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell which would help lighten up the ABC’s Monday night news and current affairs line up.

Saturday: AFL on Seven and Pay TV. Black Caviar on Seven in the wee small hours of Sunday (around 12.45am). Seven has movies on its main channel in non-AFL states. The Graham Norton Show on Ten. Movies on Nine. the ABC has Death in Paradise on 1 at 7.30pm.

Sunday: The morning chats. AFL on Seven and Pay TV. NRL on Nine and Pay TV. Landline at Midday for an interesting story on kelpie dogs! At night, Seven returns Sunday Night and starts the much hyped Billy Connolly series, Route 66, and then goes to a big episode of Downton Abbey at 8.30pm. Nine has The Block, plus 60 Minutes. Ten has MasterChef. And at 7.30pm on ABC 1, that well known Anzac legend, John Clarke, starts a news three part series called Sporting Nation. The premise of this series, that Australians are sports mad, will be underlined by the thousands of people who watched Black Caviar run in the UK just after midnight today. Tape either or both.

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

  1. The Block (Nine) — 2.011 million
  2. Hamish and Andy (Nine) 1.930 million
  3. Seven News — 1.880 million
  4. Nine News — 1.767 million
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.649 million
  6. MasterChef (Ten) — 1.503 million
  7. Today Tonight (Seven) — 1.326 million
  8. ABC News — 1.251 million
  9. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.243 million
  10. The Footy Show (Nine) 1.073 million

The Metro Winners:

  1. The Block (Nine) (7pm) — 1.394 million
  2. Hamish & Andy’s Gap Year (Nine) (8pm) — 1.365 million
  3. Seven News (6pm) — 1.266 million
  4. Nine News (6pm) — 1.219 million
  5. MasterChef (Ten) (7pm) — 1.108 million
  6. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 1.094 million
  7. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.055 million

Metro News & CA: Nine News and A Current Affair had big wins in Sydney and Melbourne. Seven news and Today Tonight won the rest. A Current Affair beat Today Tonight in Melbourne by 126,000.

  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.219 million
  2. Nine News (6pm) — 1.219 million
  3. A Current Affair (Nine, 6.30 – 7 pm) — 1.094 million
  4. Today Tonight (Seven, 6.30 – 7 pm) — 1.055 million
  5. ABC News (7pm) — 879,000
  6. Ten News (5pm) — 723,000
  7. The Project (Ten) (6.30pm) — 580,000
  8. 7.30 (ABC) (7.30pm) — 580,000
  9. The Project (Ten) (6pm) — 445,000
  10. Lateline (ABC) (10.30pm)  — 251,000
  11. SBS News (6.30pm) — 199,000
  12. Ten News (10.30pm) — 179,000
  13. The Business (ABC) (11.05pm) — 98,000
  14. SBS News (10.30pm) — 91,000
  15. The Drum (News 24) (6pm) — 49,000

In the morning: Sunrise fell and the gap closed with Today. Nine’s Mornings had another solid morning, Seven’s Morning Show lifted. Ten’s The Circle fell.

  1. Sunrise (Seven) (7am) — 340,000
  2. Today (Nine) (7am) — 339,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) (9am) — 201,000
  4. Mornings (Nine) (9am) — 141,000
  5. The Circle (Ten) (9am) — 41,000
  6. News Breakfast (ABC) (6am) — 44,000 (+30,000)*
  7. Breakfast (Ten) (7am) — 30,000

*News 24 simulcast

Metro FTA: Nine (3 channels) won the night with a share of 30.9%, from Seven (3) on 26.6%, Ten (3) ended with 21.0%, the ABC (4) was on 15.3% and SBS (2) was on 6.3%. Nine leads the week with 32.8% from Seven on 27.2% and Ten was on 19.3%. Main Channels: Nine won with a share of 25.9% from Seven on 18.9%, Ten was on 14.5%, ABC 1 was on 11.2% and SBS ONE ended on 5.2%. Nine leads the week with 27.5%, from Seven on 20.4% and Ten on 14.1%.

Metro Digital: 7TWO (with the second week of Lewis repeats at 8.340 pm) won the night with 4.4%, from Eleven on 3.8%, 7mate was on 3.4%, GO was on 2.9%, ONE was on 2.7%, ABC 2, 2.4%, Gem ended on 2.1%, SBS TWO, 1.1% and ABC 3 and News 24 finished with 0.8% each. The 10 digital channels had an FTA share last night of 24.4%. 7TWO and 7mate lead the week with 3.4% each. GO is on 3.0% and Eleven, 2.9%.

Metro including Pay TV: Nine (3 channels) won the night with a share of 25.8%, from Seven (3) on 22.3%, Ten (3) ended with 17.6%, Pay TV (200 plus channels) ended on 14.1%, the ABC (4) was on 12.8% and SBS (2) was on 5.3%. The 15 FTA channels had a total viewing share last night of 85.9%, with the five main channels on 65.7% and the 10 digital channels share totalling 20.2%.

The top five pay TV channels were:

  1. Fox 8 (3.0%)
  2. LifeStyle (2.2%)
  3. TV1 (2.2%)
  4. A&E (1.7%)
  5. Disney (1.6%)

The five most-watched programs on pay TV were:

  1. Benny’s Restoration Nightmare (LifeStyle) — 82,000
  2. AFL: League Teams (Fox Footy) — 76,000
  3. AFL: AFL 360 (Fox Footy) — 71,000
  4. Gold Rush (Discovery) — 71,000
  5. Falling Skies (Fox 8) — 70,000

Regional: Nine won through WIN/NBN (3 channels) with 31.7%, from Prime/7Qld (3) on 29.6%, SC Ten (3) was on 17.6%, the ABC (4) was on 15.5% and SBS (2) ended on 5.6%. The main channels saw a bigger win for Nine with WIN/NBN on 25.9%, and Prime/7Qld back on 18.9%. SC Ten and ABC 1 tied with 10.6% each. 7TWO won the digitals with 5.8%, 7mate was next with 4.9% and Eleven was third with 4.3%. The 10 digital channels had a FTA share last night of a high 29.4%.

The most-watched programs in regional markets were:

  1. The Block — 616,000
  2. Seven News — 612,000
  3. Hamish & Andy’s Gap Year — 564,000
  4. A Current Affair — 554,000
  5. Nine News — 545,000

Major Metro Markets: The night divided for the usual reason: Nine was more popular in east coast markets, Seven was more popular in Adelaide and Perth. Nine won Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane overall and the main channels. Seven was weak because of the repeats from 7.30 to 8.30 pm in Sydney and Brisbane. Seven won overall and the main channels in Adelaide and Perth. 7TWO won the digitals in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. Eleven won Brisbane and Perth. Nine leads the week 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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