The Glenn Dyer breakdown: An easy win for Seven with the final episodes of Downton Abbey doing the job. At least Nine tried last night. Ten fell short of both, despite another solid performance from MasterChef. In fact, everyone was a winner, according to the way they saw the figures. Viewers thought so and four programs had national audiences of just over 2 million viewers each.

Tonight: The hours of news and current affairs on ABC 1 from 7pm. The final Revenge on Seven. Nine continues to run dead.). Ten has MasterChef as it moves towards the big day. No more Tour de France.

Last Week: Seven won Friday night thanks to the Geelong v Essendon AFL game in southern markets. Seven also won Saturday night among the FTA channels, but Pay TV’s 200 channels had more viewers thanks to the NRL games in prime time.

Overall: Seven had an easy win and a clean sweep as Nine ran dead for most of the week ahead of the games. Nine’s GO won the metro digitals. Prime/7Qld won the regionals from WIN/NBN. 7TWO won the regional digitals.

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

  1. Seven News — 2.183 million
  2. Nine News — 2.086 million
  3. Downton Abbey (episode 1) (Seven) — 2.085 million
  4. Sunday Night (Seven) — 2.023 million
  5. Downton Abbey (episode 2) (Seven) — 2.003 million
  6. MasterChef (Ten) — 1.938 million
  7. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 1.971 million
  8. Hot Property (Nine) — 1.400 million
  9. Once Upon a Time (Seven) — 1.370 million.
  10. Movie: The Blind Side (Nine) — 1.317 million

The Metro Winners:

  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.536 million
  2. Downton Abbey (Seven) (8.38pm) — 1.527 million
  3. Downton Abbey (Seven) (9.42pm) — 1.501 million
  4. MasterChef (Ten) (7.30pm) — 1.454 million
  5. Nine News (6pm) — 1.399 million
  6. Sunday Night (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.345 million
  7. 60 Minutes (Nine) (7.30pm) — 1.271 million

The Losers: No one really, perhaps Ten for the lack of support to programs such as Last Man Standing at 6.30pm, 509,000. Weak!

Metro News & CA: Nine News had a big win in Sydney, 536,000 to 305,000, which was helped by the NRL game of the day. In Melbourne the AFL helped Seven win by 43,000. Seven had big wins in Brisbane (99,000), Adelaide (73,000) and Perth (150,000).

  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.536 million
  2. Nine News (6pm) — 1.399 million
  3. Sunday Night (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.345 million
  4. 60 Minutes (Nine) (7.30pm) — 1.271 million
  5. ABC News (7pm) — 855,000
  6. Ten News (5pm) — 412,000
  7. The Project (Ten) (6pm) — 359,000
  8. SBS News (6.30pm) — 221,000
  9. The Bolt Report (Ten) (4.30pm) — 119,000

In the morning: ABC 1’s Inside Business continued its weakness as viewers realise it’s off the pace by being pre-recorded on Fridays. A live show would have allowed discussion of the Rupert Murdoch resignation news which broke before 9am, Sydney time,

  1. Weekend Sunrise (Seven) (8am) — 372,000
  2. Weekend Today (Nine) (8am) — 303,000
  3. Landline (ABC) (Noon) — 252,000
  4. Insiders (ABC) (9am) — 192,000 (+51,000)
  5. The Bolt Report (Ten) (10am) — 137,000
  6. Offsiders (ABC) (10.30am) — 130,000
  7. Inside Business (ABC) (10am) –123,000
  8. Meet The Press (Ten) (10.30am) — 91,000

*On News 24 simulcast

Metro FTA: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 32.6% from Nine (3) on 26.5%, Ten (3) was on 22.5%, the ABC (4) was on 12.9% and SBS (2) ended with 5.5%. Main Channels: Seven won with a share of 26.6%, from Nine on 21.5%, Ten was on 16.7%, ABC 1 ended on 9.4% and SBS ONE was on 5.1%.

Metro Digital: 7mate won with 3.5%, from ONE on 3.2%, GO was on 2.8%, 7TWO was on 2.6%, Eleven ended on 2.5%, Gem was on 2.3%, ABC 2, 2.0%, ABC 3, 0.8%, News 24, 0.6% and SBS TWO was on 0.4%. The 10 digital channels had an FTA share totalling 20.7% last night.

Metro including Pay TV: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 27.2% from Nine (3) on 22.1%, Ten (3) was on 18.8%, the ABC (4) was on 10.7% and SBS (2) ended with 4.6%. Pay TV (200 plus channels) ended with a share of 14.1%, boosted by the usual Sunday AFL and NRL games. The 15 FTA channels had a total viewing share last night of 85.9%, with the five main channels share on 68.6% and the 10 digital channels share, 17.3%. Fox Sports 3 had an average of 106,000 people who watched the final round of the British Open last night for all those hours. That’s why it was the most watched Pay TV channel last night.

The top five pay TV channels were:

  1. Fox Sports 3 (4.0%)
  2. Fox Footy (4.0%)
  3. Fox Sports 2 (2.5%)
  4. Fox 8 (2.4%)
  5. TV1 (2.3%)

The five most-watched programs on pay TV were:

  1. AFL: Sydney v St Kilda (Fox Footy) — 229,000
  2. AFL: Richmond v North Melbourne (Fox Sports 1) — 186,000
  3. NRL: Cronulla v Canberra (Fox Sports 2) — 167,000
  4. Modern Family (Fox 8) — 113,000
  5. Modern Family (Fox 8) — 107,000

Regional: Prime/7Qld  (3 channels) won with a share of 32.2% from WIN/NBN (3) on 30.7%, SC Ten (3) was on 19.0%, the ABC (4) was on 12.6% and SBS (2) ended on 5.5%. Prime/7Qld won the main channels with 25.1% from WIN/NBN on 23.9%. GO won the digitals with 4.3%, &TWO was second with 3.9% and 7mate was on 3.3%. The 10 digital channels had an FTA viewing share last night of 23.1%.

The five most-watched programs in regional markets were:

  1. Nine News — 685,000
  2. Sunday Night — 677,000
  3. Seven News — 647,000
  4. 60 Minutes — 591,000
  5. Downton Abbey — 560,000

Major Metro Markets: A clean sweep for Seven in all five metro markets, with Nine second and Ten third everywhere except in the main channels where ABC 1 pushed Ten out of third. GO won Sydney and Brisbane. ONE won Adelaide and Perth. 7mate won 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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