The Glenn Dyer breakdown: Nine ran very dead again last night, meaning Seven and Ten had the field to themselves. But that couldn’t revive ratings for Seven’s Australia’s Got Talent, its 918,000 metro audience and 1.399 million nationally for the second last episode isn’t good enough. It should have really done better. It is the second Wednesday in a row that the program failed to gain from the absence of a strongly-rating programming on Nine. Mrs Brown’s Boys, straight after at 9pm, added nearly 200,000 metro viewers, which tells us how much Australia’s Got Talent is on the nose with viewers.

MasterChef topped the night in metro markets for Ten with more than 1.3 million viewers and 1.765 million nationally. But the risotto contest and then the team cooking contest at the Barilla pasta factory showed up why MasterChef has lost its sheen. The risotto contest taught the audience zilch about cooking this simple but bloody hard dish. Regional areas got MasterChef right — it didn’t make the top five, finishing 6th, 150,000 viewers lower than Seven or Nine News. That was why it didn’t finish on top nationally.

The Tour de France had 348,000 metro viewers from 10pm (and 464,000 nationally) on SBS ONE, which meant it beat Nine’s Tricky Business with 311,000.

Tonight: No The Voice auditions on Nine tonight but there are three repeats of The Big Bang Theory wrapped around a fresh episode of  Hamish & Andy’s Gap Year and then the AFL and NRL Footy Shows. Ten has MasterChef as well as its footy shows. Seven has the usual Thursday night split and then Grey’s Anatomy. ABC 1 has Silk at 8.30pm. SBS has the Tour de France from 10pm. There’s a Lewis repeat on 7TWO at 8.30pm or thereabouts.

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

  1. Seven News — 1.878 million
  2. MasterChef (Ten) — 1.765 million
  3. Nine News — 1.718 million
  4. Mrs Brown’s Boys (Seven) — 1.567 million
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.567 million
  6. Offspring (Ten) — 1.493 million
  7. Australia’s Got Talent (Seven) — 1.399 million
  8. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.386 million
  9. Today Tonight (Seven) — 1.304 million
  10. ABC News — 1.290 million

The Metro Winners:

  1. MasterChef (Ten) (7pm) — 1.331 million
  2. Seven News (6pm) — 1.283 million
  3. Nine News (6pm) — 1.149 million
  4. Mrs Brown’s Boys (Seven) (7.30pm) –1.106 million
  5. Offspring (Ten) (8.30pm) — 1.086 million
  6. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.073 million

The Losers: Nine, from 7pm, again. Anyone who tuned in must have been a core fan because the network didn’t support their interest with good programming. Randling on ABC 1 at 8.30pm, 363,000. Still too many.

Metro News & CA: Nine News won Sydney and Melbourne, A Current Affair won Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Seven news won Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth and Today Tonight won Adelaide and Perth by big margins that were enough to give both national wins.

  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.283 million
  2. Nine News (6pm) — 1.149 million
  3. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.073 million
  4. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 982,000
  5. ABC News (7pm) — 942,000
  6. Ten News (5pm) — 698,000
  7. The Project (Ten) (6.30pm) — 694,000
  8. 7.30 (ABC) (7.30pm) — 642,000
  9. The Project (Ten) (6pm) — 491,000
  10. Ten News (10.30pm) — 219,000
  11. SBS News (9.30pm) — 206,000
  12. Lateline (ABC) (10.30pm) — 206,000
  13. SBS News (6.30pm) — 166,000
  14. The Business (ABC) (11.05pm) — 79,000
  15. The Drum (News 24) (6pm) — 41,000

In the morning:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) (7am) — 305,000
  2. Today (Nine) (7am) — 262,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) (9am) — 187,000
  4. Mornings (Nine) (9am) — 120,000
  5. The Circle (Ten) (9am) — 63,000
  6. News Breakfast (ABC) (6am) — 43,000 (+27,000)*
  7. Breakfast (Ten) (7am) — 32,000

*On News 24 simulcast

Metro FTA: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 29.3%, from Ten (3) on 26.2%, Nine was a weak third with 19.9%, the ABC (4) was on 15.2% and SBS (2) ended on 9.3%. Seven leads the week with 30.9% from Nine on 23.4% and Ten on 22.7%. Main Channels: Seven won with 21.9% from Ten on 20.2%, Nine was on a weak 13.9%, ABC 1 was on 10.1% and SBS ONE ended on 8.6%. Seven leads the week with 23.2% from Nine on 17.1%, while Ten is on 16.9%.

Metro Digital: 7mate won with a share of 4.6%, from 7TWO and Eleven on 3.8%, GO was on 3.5%, ABC 2 was on 3.4%, Gem ended on 2.5%, ONE was on 2.1%, ABC 3 ended on 1.0%, SBS TWO ended on 0.8% and News 24 was on 0.7%. The 10 digital channels had an FTA share last night of 27.2%. 7TWO still leads the week with 3.9% from 7mate on 3.8% and GO on 3.7%.

Metro including Pay TV: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 24.3%, from Ten (3) on 21.7%, Nine was a weak third with 16.5%, Pay TV (200 plus channels) ended with 14.8%, the ABC (4) was on 12.6% and SBS (2) ended on 7.7%. The 15 FTA channels had an a total viewing share last night of 85.2%. The 10 digital channels had a total of 21.8% and the five main channels had a share of 63.4%.

The top five pay TV channels were:

  1. Fox 8 (3.3%)
  2. TV1 (2.6%)
  3. Lifestyle (2.4%)
  4. Cartoon Network (1.7%)
  5. Nickelodeon (1.5%)

The five most-watched programs on pay TV were:

  1. Location, Location, Location Australia (Lifestyle) — 100,000
  2. AFL: AFL 360 (Fox Footy) — 97,000
  3. Eastenders (UKTV) — 71,000
  4. Family Guy (Fox 8) — 68,000
  5. Coronation Street (UKTV) — 60,000

Regional: Prime/7Qld (3 channels) won with a share of 32.5%, from WIN/NBN (3) on 23.9%, with SC Ten (3) on 21.3%, the ABC (4) was on 13.6% and SBS (3) ended on 8.7%. Prime/7Qld won the main channels with 21.2%, from WIN/NBN on 15.8%. 7mate won the digitals with 6.2%, with 7TWO on 5.0% and Gem on 4.3%. The 10 digital channels had a total FTA share last night of a high 32.0%. Prime/7Qld lead the week with 32.9% from WIN/NBN on 26.4%.

The five most-watched programs in regional markets were:

  1. Seven News — 595,000
  2. Nine News — 569,000
  3. A Current Affair — 558,000
  4. Australia’s Got Talent — 480,000
  5. Mrs Brown’s Boys — 461,000

Major Metro Markets: Another weak night from Nine helped Seven and Ten. Seven won Sydney overall, with Ten winning the main channels. Ten won Melbourne overall, and the main channels. Seven won Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth overall and the main channels, from Ten and Nine. In Perth, SBS ONE pushed Nine and the ABC out of third in the main channels thanks to the Tour de France. 7mate won Melbourne and Brisbane and drew Sydney with 7TWO and Eleven, which won Adelaide and Perth. Seven leads the week in Sydney and Melbourne from Nine and Ten. In Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, its Seven from Ten and a very weak Nine in third place.

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

*Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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