The Glenn Dyer breakdown: The performance episode of The X factor averaged 1.643 million metro and more than 2.4 million national viewers last night on Seven for two hours from 7.30 and that was the night (and pre-empted Winners & Losers). Seven’s Smash at 9.30 benefited from having The X Factor as the direct lead-in, and saw its audience soar to more than 800,000 metro and more than 1.1 national viewers. That was more than double what it had been getting when Winners & Losers was the lead in.

Seven’s Home and Away with 1.444 million national viewers beat Nine’s Big Brother with 1.266 million. In metro markets it was the other way round, BB with 1.001 million  for 90 minutes and Home and Away on 935,000.

Big Brother hung in for a million metro and 1.2 million national viewers. Overall though, it was a night viewers were not wedded to watching, apart from The X Factor.

Tonight: Gruen Planet and a new Hamster Wheel from the inmates of The Chaser. The X Factor on Seven. Big Brother and The Farmer Wants a Wife on Nine. Puberty Blues on Ten.

Updates: Annabel Crabb returns to ABC 2 on October 6 with a second, six-episode series of her Kitchen Cabinet food and chat program. Hopefully it will be as solid as the first series.

And after last night’s crunching, Nine goes the fast-tracking route with Tuesday nights from next week. The Big Bang Theory at 8 o’clock, 2 Broke Girls at 9 o’clock and Two and A Half Men at 9.30. Big Bang Theory is a hit, but the first series of 2 Broke Girls flopped and was pushed to digital and the first new series of Two and A Half Men starring Ashton Kutcher bombed badly here after starting with about 2.8 mill from memory.

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

  1. The X Factor (Seven) — 2.444 million.
  2. Seven News — 1.695 million.
  3. Nine News — 1.582 million.
  4. 7pm ABC 1 News — 1.472 million.
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.456 million.
  6. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.444 million.
  7. Big Brother (Nine) — 1.266 million.
  8. Today Tonight (Seven) – 1.236 million.
  9. Smash (Seven) — 1.165 million.
  10. 7.30 (ABC 1) — 1.085 million.

The metro winners:

  1. The X Factor (Seven) — 1.643 million.
  2. Seven 6pm News — 1.161 million.
  3. 7pm ABC 1 News — 1.084 million.
  4. Nine 6pm News — 1.082 million.
  5. Big Brother (Nine, 7 – 8 pm) — 1.001 million.

The Losers: Ten, yes, again. Nine as well apart from 6-7.30pm.  The final Anger Management at 8.30pm on Nine proved a flop, with just 468,000 viewers. Not enough. Will Nine continue with it in 2013?

Metro news and current affairs: Nine News and ACA were stronger than the figures looked. Seven News lost Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. TT lost Melbourne and Brisbane.

  1. Seven 6pm News — 1.161 million.
  2. 7pm ABC 1 News — 1.084 million.
  3. Nine 6pm News — 1.082 million.
  4. Today Tonight (Seven, 6.30pm) — 998,000.
  5. A Current Affair (Nine, 6.30pm) — 978,000.
  6. 7.30 (ABC 1, 7.30pm) — 697,000.
  7. Ten News At Five (Ten, 5pm) — 677,000.
  8. The Project (Ten, 6.30pm) — 550,000.
  9. The Project (Ten, 6pm) — 423,000.
  10. Insight (SBS ONE, 8.30pm) — 234,000.
  11. Ten Late News (Ten, 10.30pm) — 217,000.
  12. Lateline (ABC 1, 10.30pm) — 192,000.
  13. World News Australia (SBS ONE, 6.30pm) — 146,000.
  14. Dateline (SBS ONE, 9.30pm) — 137,000.
  15. The Business (ABC 1, 11.05pm, rpt) — 121,000.
  16. World News Late (SBS ONE, 10.30pm) — 54,000.
  17. The Drum (News 24, 10pm, rpt) — 43,000.

In the morning: Go figure. After having a rough week last week at the hands of Today, Sunrise beat Today by more than 80,000 yesterday.

  1. Sunrise (Seven, 7am) — 379,000.
  2. Today (Nine, 7am) — 296,000.
  3. The Morning Show (Seven, 9am) — 185,000.
  4. Mornings (Nine, 9am) — 137,000.
  5. News Breakfast (ABC 1, 7am) — 54,000 + 31,000 on News 24*.
  6. Breakfast (Ten, 7am) — 32,000.

* On News 24 simulcast.

Metro FTA: Seven (three channels) won with a share of 36.3%, from Nine (three) on 23.9%, the ABC (four) was on 18.6%, Ten (three), on 15.7% and SBS (two) on 5.4%. Seven leads the week with 34.2% from Nine on 25.5%, the ABC on 18.7% and Ten on 16.8%.

Main channels: Seven won with 29.4% from Nine on 16.7%, ABC 1 was on 13.2%, Ten was on 10.6% and SBS ONE, 4.5%. Seven now leads the week with a share of 26.9% from Nine on 19.3%, ABC 1 on 14.6% and Ten on 11.0%.

Metro digital: GO win with 3.8%, from 7TWO and ABC 2 on 3.6% each, Gem was on 3.5%, 7mate was on 3.3%, Eleven ended on 2.8%, ONE was on 2.3%, ABC 3, 1.2%, SBS TWO, 0.9% and News 24, 0.7%. The 10 digital channels had an FTA share of 25.7%, 7TWO leads the week with 4.0% from GO on 3.6% and 7mate on 3.4%.

Metro including pay TV: Seven (three channels) won with a share of 29.9%, from Nine (three) on 19.7%, the ABC (four) was on 15.3%, Ten (three), on 12.9% and SBS (two) on 4.4%. The 15 FTA channels had a viewing share last night of 84.3%. The five main channels share was 65.2%, the 10 digital channels share totalled 21.1%. The 200-plus channels on Foxtel gave pay TV a 15.7% share last night.

The top five pay TV channels were:

  1. Fox 8 — 2.8%.
  2. TV 1 — 2.5%.
  3. Fox Footy, Disney — 1.9%.
  4. LifeStyle You  — 1.8%
  5. Nickelodeon, Cartoon network — 1.7%.

The five most-watched programs on pay TV were:

  1. AFL: On The Couch (FF) — 117,000.
  2. The Simpsons (F8) — 106,000.
  3. AFL: 360 (FF) — 103,000.
  4. Storage Wars (A&E) — 95,000.
  5. Pawn Stars (A&E) — 88,000.

Regional: Prime/7Qld (three channels) won with a share of 41.1%, from WIN/NBN (three) on 21.8%, the ABC (four) was on 16.8%, SC Ten (three), on 14.9% and SBS (two) on 5.5%. Prime/7Qld won the main channels with 30.1%, from WIN/NBN on 14.2%, ABC 1 was on 10.9% and SC Ten was on 9.5%. The digitals were won by 7mate with 5.5%, from 7TWO on 4.7% and FO on 4.3%. The 10 digital channels had a high FTA share of 30.3% last might. Prime/7Qld leads the week with 37.4% from WIN/NBN on 23.8%, the ABC is on 18.6% and SC Ten  is on 15.5%.

The five most-watched programs in regional markets were:

  1. The X Factor — 802,000.
  2. Seven News — 534,000.
  3. Home and Away — 508,000.
  4. Nine News — 500,000.
  5. ACA — 445,000.

Major metro markets: A clean sweep for Seven, which won overall and the main channels in all five metro markets. Nine and the ABC/ABC 1 were second and third everywhere bar Perth, where ABC 1 was second in the main channels. In the digitals, GO won Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide. Gem won Sydney and 7mate won Perth. Seven leads everywhere from Nine and the ABC.

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

Source: Oztam, TV Networks data

Peter Fray

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