The Glenn Dyer breakdown: Another night where Seven underperformed, but thanks to the Wimbledon on 7TWO, Seven won overall. In the main channels it was Nine who won with The Block delivering and the penultimate episode of Australia’s Got Talent flopping — just 901,000 metro viewers and nationally. Nine News and A Current Affair again gave Seven News and Today Tonight a towelling from 6pm to 7pm in Sydney and Melbourne. It was a similar story in regional markets as well.

Australia’s Got Talent really flopped last night for Seven considering the program that followed it at 9pm, Mrs Brown’s Boys was new and more viewers watched. Next week, the grand final of Australia’s Got Talent and Mrs Brown’s Boys are up against the third NRL State of Origin game on Nine. Good luck!

A tip: SBS to start using its third digital channel by the end of the year to broadcast a national indigenous TV service after the Stephens Report’s recommendations a couple of years ago and the budget decision to give SBS more money for the service. This will raise the question about all the space on SBS TWO and what the network will use to fill it. At the moment it is not writing much revenue against foreign language news broadcasts and has in fact killed off its Australian mandarin service because of a lack of revenue and a need to cut costs.

Tonight: Well, Silk is the stand out simply because it is well made and moderately well acted. That’s on ABC 1 at 8.30pm. Nine has The Block, Hamish & Andy’s Gap Year and then the two Footy Shows from 9.30pm. Ten has the two Game Plans from 8.30pm. Seven has the split line up between AFL and NRL markets and then Australian-less Wimbledon. SBS has the usual run of foodie programs. Ten has MasterChef.

The top 10 national programs (metro & regional combined): No regional figures today so we can;t give you the national numbers.

The Metro Winners:

  1. The Block (Nine) (7pm) — 1.465 million
  2. Seven News (6pm) — 1.326 million
  3. Nine News (6pm)– 1.243 million
  4. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 1.127 million
  5. MasterChef (Ten) (7pm) — 1.099 million
  6. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.081 million

The Losers: The Mentalist on Nine, 574,000 metro viewers from 9pm. Randling at 9pm on ABC 1, 403,000 metro viewers.

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

  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.326 million
  2. Nine News (6pm)– 1.243 million
  3. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 1.127 million
  4. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.081 million
  5. ABC News (7pm) — 881,000
  6. Ten News At Five (Ten, 5 – 6 pm) — 721,000
  7. The Project (Ten) (6.30pm) — 640,000
  8. 7.30 (ABC) (7.30pm) — 583,000
  9. The Project (Ten) (6pm) — 463,000
  10. Lateline (ABC) (10.35pm) — 261,000
  11. SBS News (6.30pm) — 178,000
  12. Ten News (Ten) (10.30pm) — 160,000
  13. The Business (ABC 1, 11.10 – 11.35 pm repeat) –143,000
  14. The Drum (News 24) (6pm) — 59,000
  15. SBS News (10.30pm) — 55,000

In the morning: Today was a big winner over Sunrise yesterday. More viewers also discovered Ten’s Breakfast, but for how long?

  1. Today (Nine) (7am) — 380,000
  2. Sunrise (Seven) (7am) — 340,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) (9 am) — 176,000
  4. Mornings (Nine) (9am) — 124,000
  5. The Circle (Ten) (9am) — 51,000
  6. News Breakfast (ABC) (6am) — 40,000 (+30,000)*
  7. Breakfast (Ten) (7am) — 39,000

*On News 24 simulcast

Metro FTA: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 29.9%, from Nine (3) on 26.8%, Ten (3) was on 22.1% the ABC (4) ended on 15.6% and SBS (2) was on 5.6%. Seven leads the week with 29.9% from Nine on 28.0% and Ten on 21.4%. Main Channels: Nine just won with a share of 21.3% from Seven with 21.1%, Ten was on 16.9%, ABC 1 was on 9.9% and SBS ONE was on 4.8%. Seven leads the week with 22.3% from Nine on 21.7% and Ten with 15.7%.

Metro Digital: 7TWO again won thanks to the Wimbledon tennis, last night its share of 5.3%. ABC 2 was second with 3.8%, 7mate on 3.5, GO on 3.4%, Eleven on 3.3%, Gem on 2.0%, ONE was on 1.9%, News 24 was on 1.1% (The refugee debate from Parliament), ABC 3 was on 0.9% and SBS TWO ended with 0.8%. The 10 digital channels had an FTA share last night of 26.2%. 7TWO leads the week with 4.3%, from GO on 3.9% and 7mate on 3.3%.

Metro including Pay TV: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 24.8%, from Nine (3) on 22.2%, Ten (3) was on 18.3%, Pay TV (200 plus channels) was on 14.6%,  the ABC (4) ended on 13.0% and SBS (2) was on 4.6%. The 15 FTA channels had a viewing share last night of 85.4%, with the five main channels total share 64.0% and the 10 digital share totalling 21.4%.

The top five pay TV channels were:

  1. Fox 8 (2.9%)
  2. Lifestyle (2.2%)
  3. Fox Sports 3 (2.1%)
  4. TV1 (2.1%)
  5. Disney (1.7%)

The five most-watched programs on pay TV were:

  1. AFL: AFL 360 (Fox Footy) — 95,000
  2. The Simpsons (Fox 8) — 91,000
  3. Family Guy (Fox 8) — 87,000
  4. The Simpsons (Fox 8) — 75,000
  5. Futurama (Fox 8) — 71,000

Regional: A copy of the metro outcome. Prime/7Qld (3 channels) won overall with a share of 33.6% from WIN/NBN (3) on 28.6%, SC Ten (3) on 18.4%, the ABC (4) was on 13.5%, and SBS (2) ended on 5.9%. But WIN/NBN won the main channels with 22.2% from Prime/7Qld on 20.9%. 7TWO won the digitals with the tennis). Its share was 7.0%, with 7mate second on 5.7% and GO on 3.7%. The 10 digital channels FTA share last night was a solid  30.7%. Prime/7Qld lead the week with 43.6% from WIN/NBN on 29.7%.

Major Metro Markets: Another night, another split effort. Nine won Sydney overall and the main channels and it also won the main channels in Melbourne and Brisbane, despite Seven winning overall in both markets. In Adelaide and Perth it was clearer as Seven won overall and the main channels by big margins which kept it in the hunt nationally. With the tennis, 7TWO won the digitals in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, but not Brisbane where Eleven got up. Nine leads the week in Sydney and Melbourne, while Seven leads in Brisbane, 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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