The Glenn Dyer breakdown: Seven won, Ten won and Nine viewers at last had something real and fresh to watch. Hamish & Andy’s Gap Year, plus the AFL Footy Show helped Nine win Melbourne and the main channels in Sydney. But elsewhere, they were not so helpful and viewers seem not to fully appreciate the dynamic duo or the casts of the AFL and NRL Footy Shows.

Tonight: AFL on Seven (main channel and 7mate in various markets) and on Pay TV. NRL on Nine (main channel and Gem in various markets). Better Homes and Gardens in northern markets from 7.30pm on Seven. MasterChef on Ten which also repeats The Devil Wears Prada for the umpteenth time at 9pm. ABC  has Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell at 8pm and then a Silent Witness at 8.30pm. The Tour de France is on SBS One from 10pm.

Saturday: AFL on Seven (main channel and 7mate in various markets, and on Pay TV). NRL on Pay TV and the finals of the Super Rugby (Union). ABC 1 has Death in Paradise at 7.30pm. A fresh RocKwiz on SBS ONE at 8.30pm, Movies also on Seven (northern markets), Ten and Nine, and Inspector Morse is being repeated on 7TWO. The Tour de France (second and final time trial) on SBS ONE from 10pm.

Sunday: Morning chats, plus Landline at noon. AFL and NRL in the afternoon on Seven, Nine and Pay TV. Sunday Night and the final of this series of Downton Abbey on Seven (which is actually the Christmas special from 2011 which aired two months after the real finale, which we saw last week). MasterChef on Ten. Nine has 60 Minutes and the movie Blind Side, which is from the book by the great US author Michael Lewis, (and Sandra Bullock won an Oscar). Grand Designs returns to the ABC at 7.30pm. It is a real, fresh episode, not a repeat. Wallander at 8.30pm is another advert for why you shouldn’t visit Scandinavia. The final stage of the Tour de France on SBS ONE from 10pm. Watch for another historic win, if you must.

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

  1. Seven News — 1.851 million
  2. MasterChef (Ten) — 1.782 million
  3. Nine News — 1.715 million
  4. Hamish & Andy (Nine) — 1.641 million
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.424 million
  6. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.360 million
  7. Criminal Minds (Seven) — 1.335 million
  8. ABC News — 1.284 million
  9. Today Tonight (Seven) — 1.254 million
  10. The Big Bang Theory — 1.078 million

The Metro Winners:

  1. MasterChef (7pm) — 1.291 million
  2. Seven News (6pm) — 1.239 million
  3. Hamish & Andy’s Gap Year (Nine) (8pm) — 1.156 million
  4. Nine News (6pm) — 1.155 million

The Losers: Nine’s various repeats of The Big Bang Theory: there were three and all were used as ratings spak filla at 7pm, 7.30pm and 9pm. Grey’s Anatomy at 9.30pm, 529,000.

Metro News & CA: Nine News and A Current Affair won Sydney and Melbourne, Seven News and Today Tonight won the rest. But Today Tonight and A Current Affair had a second night in a row with the metro audience under a million viewers.

  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.239 million
  2. Nine News (6pm) — 1.155 million
  3. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 993,000
  4. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 920,000
  5. Ten News (5pm) — 660,000
  6. The Project (Ten) (6.30pm) — 612,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) (7.30pm) — 605,000
  8. The Project (Ten) (6pm) — 482,000
  9. SBS News (6.30pm) — 177,000
  10. Lateline (ABC) (10.25pm) — 162,000
  11. SBS News (9.30pm) — 159,000
  12. Ten News (10.30pm) — 144,000
  13. The Business (ABC) (11pm) — 101,000
  14. The Drum (News 24) (6pm) — 37,000

In the morning: An unusually big gap between Sunrise and Today, stirring in the audience for Breakfast on Ten and Nine’s Morning falls.

  1. Sunrise (Seven) (7am) — 344,000
  2. Today (Nine) (7am) — 294,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) (9am) — 170,000
  4. Mornings (Nine) (9am) — 114,000
  5. The Circle (Ten) (9am) — 51,000
  6. News Breakfast (ABC) (6am) — 50,000 (+26,000)*
  7. Breakfast (Ten) (7am) — 43,000

*On News 24 simulcast

Metro FTA: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 29.7% from Nine (3) on 25.8%, Ten (3) was on 21.1%, the ABC (4) was on 15.7% and SBS (2) ended with 7.7%. Seven still leads the week with 30.5% from Nine with 23.6% and Ten on 22.8%. Main Channels: Seven won with 22.3% from Nine on 20.8%, Ten was on 15.3%, ABC 1, 10.8% and SBS ONE was on 6.6%. Seven leads the week with 23.2% from Ten on 17.3% and Nine with 17.2%. (The NRL on Nine tonight will lift it back above Ten).

Metro Digital: 7TWO won with a share of 4.3%, from Eleven on 3.6%, 7mate was on 3,2%, ABC 2 was on 2.9%, GO ended with 2.8%, Gem and ONE were on 2.2% each, ABC 3, 1.2%, SBS ONE, 1.1% and News 24, 0.8%. The 10 digital channels had an FTA share last night of 24.3%. 7TWO now leads the week with 4.0% from GO on 3.9% and 7mate on 3.3%, with Eleven on 3.1%.

Metro including Pay TV: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 24.6% from Nine (3) on 21.3%, Ten (3) was on 17.4%, the ABC (4) was on 13.0% and SBS (2) ended with 6.4%. Pay TV finished with a share of 14.8% for its 200 plus channels. The 15 FTA channels share of viewing last night was 85.2%. The 10 digital channels share totalled 20.0% and the five main channels share was 65.2%.

The top five pay TV channels were:

  1. Fox Sports 2 (3.0%)
  2. Fox 8 (2.5%)
  3. LifeStyle (2.6%)
  4. TV1 & A&E (1.9%)
  5. Discovery (1.8%)

The five most-watched programs on pay TV were:

  1. Beeny’s Restoration Nightmare (LifeStyle) — 102,000
  2. Gold Rush (Discovery (85,000)
  3. AFL: AFL 360 (Fox Footy ) — 75,000
  4. Golf: British Open (Fox Sports 2) — 75,000
  5. The Simpsons (Fox 8) — 70,000

Regional: Prime/7Qld (3 channels) leads the week with %, from WIN/NBN on %, SC Ten (3) was on %, the ABC (4) ended with % and SBS (2) was on %. Prime/7Qld won the main channels with %, from WIN/NBN on %. 7TWO won the digitals with %. Prime/7Qld lead the week with % from WIN/NBN on %.

The five most-watched programs in regional markets were:

  1. Seven News — 611,000
  2. Nine News — 559,000
  3. A Current Affair — 504,000
  4. MasterChef — 491,000
  5. Hamish & Andy’s Gap Year — 484,000

Major Metro Markets: Thanks to Hamish & Andy’s Gap Year and the AFL Footy show in Melbourne a better effort from Nine. Nine won Melbourne overall and in the main channels and won the main channels in Sydney. Seven had a clean sweep elsewhere. 7TWO win Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. Eleven won Brisbane. Seven leads the week everywhere, ten is second in Brisbane and Adelaide and Nine is second in Sydney and Melbourne.

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

*Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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