The Glenn Dyer breakdown: Seven’s night, although Nine won Sydney easily, thanks to Domestic Blitz and Nine News which averaged just over 600,000 viewers for 90 minutes from 7.30pm, enough to win the night.

Seven had solid wins in Melbourne and Brisbane and huge margins again in Adelaide and Perth thanks to strong returns from Sunday Night (1.382 million metro and 2.069 million national viewers) and Downton Abbey (1.361 million metro and 1.964 million nationally), helped by Billy Connolly’s Route 66 (1.175 million metro viewers and 1.834 million nationally).

MasterChef had another good night for Ten with 1.396 million metro viewers and 1.857 million nationally from 7.30pm. But the rest of Ten’s line up was weak. Sporting Nation on ABC 1 ended with 659,000 metro viewers and 935,000 nationally. It deserved far more.

Tonight: Hours of news and current affairs on the ABC. Try Four Corners which looks at the pearling industry. Nine has a blind audition of The Voice (the US version). It’s been slipped in to replace the “rested” Tricky Business. Seven has Revenge and The Amazing Race from 7.30pm. Ten has MasterChef and SBS has the Tour de France (10pm), it’s the first time trial of the race (the second is the penultimate stage).

Last week: Seven won the metro markets Friday and Saturday nights with the AFL playing the major part, especially Friday night’s match between Carlton and Collingwood. Nine was second, the ABC third on Saturday night, while Ten was third on Friday night. Nine won the main channels and 7TWO won the digitals. Over the week Nine won with Seven second and Ten third. 7TWO won the digitals. The week’s most watched program was the announcement of the winner of The Block last Sunday night on Nine which averaged 4.159 million viewers. But the real winner was the third State of Origin game on Wednesday night which averaged 4.040 million viewers (a record) across 100 minutes or so of prime time TV.

Weekend sport: Ignoring the AFL and the NRL, how did other sports fare at the weekend? Last night, the men’ tennis final on Seven from Wimbledon averaged 306,000 metro viewers and 426,000 nationally. The Tour de France in SBS ONE had 264,000 metro viewers and 360,000 nationally. The British GP (won by Mark Webber) on Ten and ONE totalled 376,000 metro viewers and 507,000 nationally. The MotoGP from Germany on ONE had 238,000 metro viewers and 354,000 nationally. All solid figures for late night sport and TV generally.

On Saturday night/Sunday morning, the TDF on SBS ONE, 330,000 metro viewers and 451,000 nationally. The women’s final on Seven from Wimbledon averaged 193,000 metro viewers and 264,000 nationally. The One Day Cricket international between Australia and England on Gem averaged 123,000 viewers and 208,000 nationally. On Friday night the Tour de France averaged 242,000 and 340,000 nationally, while the Federer v Djokovic semi-final averaged 293,000 on Seven and 405,000 nationally.

In regional areas, WIN/NBN held off Prime7Qld to win the week, with SC Ten third. WIN/NBN won the main channels while 7TWO won the digitals thanks to the Wimbledon tennis.

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

  • Domestic Blitz (Nine) — 2.375 million
  • Nine News — 2.225 million
  • Seven News — 2.215 million
  • Sunday Night (Seven) — 2.069 million
  • 60 Minutes (Nine) — 2.003 million
  • Downton Abbey (Seven) — 1.964 million
  • MasterChef (Ten) — 1.857 million
  • Billy Connolly’s Route 66 (Seven) — 1.834 million
  • The Mentalist (Nine) — 1.207 million
  • ABC News — 1.072 million

The Metro Winners:

  1. Domestic Blitz (Nine) (6.30pm) — 1.646 million
  2. Nine News (6pm) — 1.556 million
  3. Seven News (6pm) — 1.515 million
  4. MasterChef (Ten) (7.30pm) — 1.396 million
  5. Sunday Night (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.382 million
  6. Downton Abbey (Seven) (8.40pm) –1.361 million
  7. 60 Minutes (Nine) (7.30pm) — 1.359 million
  8. Billy Connolly’s Route 66 (Seven) (7.30pm) — 1.175 million

The Losers: The Mentalist on Nine at 8.30pm, a fading star with 838,000 viewers. While OK, it was a distant second to Downton Abbey on Seven. New Girl on Ten at 7pm, 520,000. Touch at 8.30pm, 453,000 (thankfully that’s the final episode). Last Man Standing at 6.30pm on Ten, 418,000. Duds, all of them.

Metro News & CA: Nine News beat Seven News in Sydney by a huge margin, almost 250,000 viewers, 606,000 to 354,000. Nine also won the news in Melbourne but lost Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.

  1. Nine News (6pm) — 1.556 million
  2. Seven News (6pm) — 1.515 million
  3. Sunday Night (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.382 million
  4. 60 Minutes (Nine) (7.30pm) — 1.359 million
  5. ABC News (7pm) — 765,000
  6. Ten News (5pm) — 467,000
  7. The Project (Ten) (6pm) — 306,000
  8. SBS News (6.30pm) — 213,000
  9. The Bolt Report (Ten) (4.30pm) — 137,000

In the morning: A close finish between the Sunday edition of Sunrise and Today yesterday. The 10am edition of The Bolt Report dropped 50,000 viewers from last week and Inside Business on ABC 1 continues its steady decline because it is obviously out of date.

  1. Weekend Sunrise (Seven) (8am) — 292,000
  2. Weekend Today (Nine) (8am) — 281,000
  3. Landline (ABC) (Noon) — 196,000
  4. Insiders (ABC) (9am) — 169,000 (+44,000)*
  5. Offsiders (ABC) (10.30am) — 128,000
  6. Inside Business (ABC) (10am) — 124,000
  7. The Bolt Report (Ten) (10am) — 112,000
  8. Meet The Press (Ten) (10.30am) — 86,000

*On News 24 simulcast

Metro FTA: A win to Seven (3 channels) with 33.2% from Nine (3) on 29.0%, Ten (3) was on 19.0%, the ABC (4) ended on 12.1% and SBS (2) ended with 6.6%. Main Channels: Seven won with 25.7% from Nine with 22.8%, Ten was on 14.2%, ABC 1 was on 9.2% and SBS ONE finished with 6.1%.

Metro Digital: GO won with 3.9%, from 7TWO with 3.8%, 7mate was on 3.7%, ONE was on 3.0%, Gem ended on 2.3%, Eleven was on 1.8%, ABC 2 ended on 1.4%, News 24 was on 0.8%, ABC 3, 0.7% and SBS TWO ended on 0.6%. The 10 digital channels had an FTA viewing share last night of 22.0%.

Metro including Pay TV: A win to Seven (3 channels) with 28.8% from Nine (3) on 24.3%, Ten (3) was on 15.9%, Pay TV (200 plus channels) ended on 13.8%, the ABC (4) ended on 10.1% and SBS (2) ended with 5.6%. the 15 FTA channels had a viewing share last night of 86.2%, with the five main channels’ share, 68.0% and the 10 digital channels’ share totalling 18.2%.

Top five Pay TV channels:

  1. Fox Footy (3.0%)
  2. Fox Sports 2 (2.8%)
  3. Fox 8 (2.7%)
  4. Fox Sports 1 (2.4%)
  5. TV 1 (2.3%)

Top five Pay TV programs:

  1. NRL: South Sydney v Newcastle (Fox Sports 2) — 216,000
  2. AFL: Gold Coast v Geelong (Fox Sports 1) — 130,000
  3. AFL: Fremantle v Footscray (Fox Footy) — 126,000
  4. AFL: Hawthorn v GWS (Fox Footy ) — 100,000
  5. Modern Family (Fox 8) — 97,000

Regional: prime/7Qld (3 channels) won with a share of 34.5%, from WIN/NBN (3) on 31.5%, SC Ten (3) was on 16.0%, the ABC (4) ended on 11.6% and SBS (2) was on 6.3%. Prime/7Qld won the main channels with 27.2% from WIN/NBN on 22.7%. GO won the digitals with 5.3%, with 7TWO on 3.9% and 7mate on 3.5%.

The five most-watched programs in regional markets were:

  1. Domestic Blitz — 729,000
  2. Seven News — 700,000
  3. Sunday Night — 686,000
  4. Nine News — 669,000
  5. Billy Connolly’s Route 66 — 659,000

Major Metro Markets: While Nine won Sydney overall and in the main channels because Domestic Blitz did very well in that market, Seven won the other four metro markets, both overall and the main channels, and won pretty well. 7mate won the digitals in Melbourne and Brisbane, 7TWO won Perth, ONE won Adelaide and GO got up in Sydney.

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

*Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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