The Glenn Dyer breakdown: MasterChef Australia All Stars on Ten (1.256 million metro viewers and 1.727 million nationally) and then the final Hamish & Andy’s Gap Year on Nine (1.118 million metro viewers and 1.576 million nationally) stood out, but there was not much else in the rest of their schedules.

The Footy Show on Nine at 9.3 pm in Melbourne had 306,000 of the 759,000 metro viewers (and just over a million nationally) for the two programs, with the NRL Footy Show in Sydney perking up to 203,000. Ten’s footy shows — The Game Plan (NRL) and Before The Game (AFL) —  lingered well off the pace at 8.30pm with 511,000.

The Olympic version of Absolutely Fabulous averaged 667,000 (and 948,000 nationally) on ABC 1 at 8pm. Deserved more. Nine’s first Olympics-related program Let the Games Begin at 7pm averaged a weak 486,000 metro viewers and 743,000 nationally. That was a distant 4th on the night. In terms of Olympics-themed programs, Absolutely Fabulous was the gold medallist last night.

Tonight: Ah, the weekend. So AFL tonight on Seven (main channel and digital in various markets), plus Better Homes and Gardens in non-AFL markets. AFL on Pay TV as well. NRL on Nine (main channel and digital in various markets). The Living Room on Ten at 8pm. A repeat of Jamie Oliver’s Great Britain at 7pm. ABC 1 has the final Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell at 8pm and the second part of Silent Witness. SBS has a documentary on the great Jesse Owens at 9.30pm. And, the last sleep before the games start. So if you want to, get up early for the London Olympics opening ceremony from around 5.30am Saturday. And it’s also on Pay TV.

Saturday: The Games on Nine. Seven and Ten have movie repeats. SBS has a fresh RocKwiz at 8.30pm. ABC 1 has the last Death in Paradise at 7.30pm and then a fresh first of three parts of Kidnap and Ransom starts at 8.30pm. Inspector Morse is being repeated at 8.30pm on 7TWO. AFL on Seven and on Pay TV, which also has NRL. Games on Nine and Pay TV.

Sunday: Morning Chats. Games on Nine, as well as NRL in the afternoon (and on Pay TV, which has AFL, Games and NRL). AFL on Seven. Seven also has double episodes of Once Upon A Time from 7.30pm, after Sunday Night at 6.30pm. Ten has MasterChef All Stars at 7.30pm. Ten also has three, yes, three repeats of Modern Family. Talk about doing a Nine and milking a good show to death (as Nine is doing with The Big Bang Theory). Still, it’s the Games and Ten is sort of running dead.

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

  1. Seven News — 1.846 million
  2. MasterChef All Stars — 1.727 million
  3. Nine News — 1.678 million
  4. Hamish  & Andy’s Gap Year (Nine) — 1.576 million
  5. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.406 million
  6. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.395 million
  7. Criminal Minds (Seven) — 1.346 million
  8. Today Tonight (Seven) — 1.285 million
  9. ABC News — 1.236 million
  10. The Footy Show (Nine) — 1.016 million

The Metro Winners:

  1. MasterChef All Stars (Ten) (7pm) — 1.256 million
  2. Seven News (6pm) — 1.248 million
  3. Hamish & Andy’s Gap Year (Nine) (8pm) — 1.118 million
  4. Nine News (6pm) — 1.111 million
  5. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.041 million

 The Losers: Apart from MasterChef All Stars and Hamish  & Andy’s Gap Year the rest of the schedule on Nine and Ten were just weak. The repeat of Paper Giants on ABC 1 at 8.30pm. 340,000. Why?

Metro News & CA: Another weak night for A Current Affair, the second this week and despite wins over Today Tonight in Sydney and Melbourne. A Current Affair was very, very weak in Adelaide and Perth. Nine News won Sydney and Melbourne. Seven News won the rest.

  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.248 million
  2. Nine News (6pm) — 1.111 million
  3. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.041 million
  4. ABC News (7pm) — 929,000
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 893,000
  6. Ten News (5pm) — 703,000
  7. The Project (Ten) (6.30pm) — 655,000
  8. 7.30 (ABC) (7.30pm) — 612,000
  9. The Project (Ten) (6pm) — 410,000
  10. SBS News (6.30pm) — 179,000
  11. Lateline (ABC) (10.30pm) — 174,000
  12. Ten News (10.30pm) — 137,000
  13. The Business (ABC) (11.05pm) — 93,000
  14. SBS News (10.30pm) — 84,000
  15. The Drum (News 24) (6pm) — 44,000

In the morning:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) (7am) — 357,000
  2. Today (Nine) (7am) —  318,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) (9am) — 145,000
  4. Mornings (Nine) (9am) — 117,000
  5. The Circle (Ten) (9am) — 62,000
  6. News Breakfast (ABC) (6pm) — 52,000 (+29,000)*
  7. Breakfast (Ten) (7am) — 38,000

*On News 24 simulcast

Metro FTA: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 31.3%, from Nine (3) on 26.2%, Ten was third (3) with 22.1%, the ABC (4) ended on 14.8% and SBS (2) was on 5.6%. Seven now leads the week with 30.5% from Ten on 25.3% and Nine with 21.6%. Main Channels: Seven won with a share of 22.3% from Nine on 20.6%, Ten was on 15.7%, ABC 1 was on 9.9% and SBS ONE ended with 4.7%. Seven leads the week with 23.4% from Ten on 19.7% and Seven with 16.5%.

Metro Digital: 7TWO won with a share of 4.6%, from 7mate on 4.4%, Eleven with 3.8% was third, ABC 2 was on 3.3%, GO was on 2.9%, Gem was on 2.8%, ONE was on 2.6%, SBS TWO ended with 0.9% and ABC 3 and News 24 finished on 0.8% each. The 10 digital channels had an FTA viewing share last night of 26.9%. 7TWO leads the week with 3.8% from GO on 3.6% and 7mate on 3.4%.

Metro including Pay TV: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 26.1%, from Nine (3) on 21.9%, Ten was third (3) with 18.4%, the ABC (4) ended on 12.4% and SBS (2) was on 4.7%. Pay TV and its 200 plus channels finished with a share of 14.3%.

The top five pay TV channels were:

  1. Fox 8 (2.7%)
  2. LifeStyle (2.7%)
  3. TV1 (2.2%)
  4. Fox Classics (1.8%)
  5. Discovery (1.6%)

The five most-watched programs on pay TV were:

  1. AFL: AFL 360 (Fox Footy) — 97,000
  2. The Simpsons (Fox 8) — 91,000
  3. AFL: League Teams (Fox Footy) — 72,000
  4. Family Guy (Fox 8) — 71,000
  5. Falling Skies (Fox 8) — 68,000

Regional: Prime/7Qld (3 channels) won the regionals with a share of 34.3%, from WIN/NBN (3) on 25.9%, SC Ten (3) was 20.5%, the ABC (4) ended with 14.9% and SBS (2) was on 4.4%. Prime/7Qld won the main channels with 22.0%, from WIN/NBN on 20.6%. 7TWO won the digitals with 6.2%, from 7mate on 6.1% and Eleven on 5.3%. The 10 digital channels had a very high FTA share last night of 32.6%. Prime/7Qld leads the week with 32.9%, from WIN/NBN on 24.8%.

The five most-watched programs in regional markets were:

  1. Seven News — 597,000
  2. Nine News — 567,000
  3. A Current Affair — 503,000
  4. MasterChef All Stars — 472,000
  5. Hamish & Andy’s Gap Year — 455,000

Major Metro Markets: Not a clean sweep for Seven as Nine won Melbourne overall and the main channel because of the popularity of local lads, Hamish and Andy and the AFL Footy Show. But Seven won Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. 7TWO the digitals won everywhere bar Brisbane where Eleven got up. Seven leads the week from Ten and Nine in all five metro markets.

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

*Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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