The Glenn Dyer breakdown: Just three programs in metro markets with a million or more viewers: all news broadcasts, which again tells us the audience found the rest of the night’s offering pretty lame and boring.

Except for Seven’s Brynne: My Bedazzled Life, which was everything it promised to be: crass, tragic, appalling with that big question in the back of your mind: “Why is she doing this?” Her husband, Geoffrey Edelsten, you can understand allowing cameras to follow him and his wife. He’s always had a huge ego and been an exhibitionist. But that question remains, “why?” It was banal and boring. The solipsism on display reminded me of Being Lara Bingle on Ten (she’s another self-promoter that forgot to ask the most basic question, “why”?). Brynne is a contender with the Bingle bungle and The Shire for worst TV program of the year.

It averaged 930,000 metro and 1.34 million national viewers. Beauty and the Geek Australia returned with 892,000 metro and 1.28 million national viewers for the 90 minutes from 8.30pm.

Rake on ABC 1 averaged 794,000 metro and 1.084 million national viewers.

Seven’s Home and Away with 906,000 metro viewers (and 1.36 million nationally) easily accounted for Nine’s Big Brother, which recorded a low 790,000 metro viewers (1.081 million nationally) for the ordinary program from 7pm, and a reasonable metro audience of 806,000 for the Confidential rubbish at 8pm (but only 1.003 million nationally, or less than 200,000 in regional markets).

Tonight: Better Homes and Gardens on Seven. Big Brother on Nine. Scott and Bailey on ABC 1. Good night the rest. Oh, Australia plays the Windies in the Twenty20 tip-and-run World Cup semi on Fox Sports late tonight. Check your guides. Car race stuff on Seven (that means summer is on the way, cricket, Christmas and then the footy season!).

Saturday: Pass, well, maybe, Dr Who on ABC 1 and Boardwalk Empire on SBS. There’s a Morse repeat on 7TWO. Car race stuff on Seven for much of the day.

Sunday: The morning chats, and that car race all day on Seven from the well-known mount in central NSW. At night, Sunday Night on Seven. The Julian Assange telemovie on Ten. 60 Minutes and Big Brother and House Husbands on Nine. Great Southern Land and the final Call The Midwife on ABC 1. The Twenty20 tip-and-run final is played tonight in Sri Lanka.

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

  1. Seven News — 1.634 million.
  2. Nine News — 1.479 million.
  3. 7pm ABC 1 News — 1.440 million.
  4. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.437 million.
  5. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.368 million.
  6. Brynne (Seven) — 1.347 million.
  7. Beauty and The Geek Aust. (Seven) — 1.284 million..
  8. Today Tonight (Seven) — 1.147 million.
  9. 7.30 (ABC 1) — 1.091 million.
  10. Big Brother (Nine) — 1.081 million.

The metro winners:

  1. Seven 6pm News — 1.094 million.
  2. 7pm ABC 1 News — 1.026 million.
  3. Nine 6pm News — 1.016 million.

The Losers: TV viewers generally, especially the people who watched Brynne; My Bedazzled Life on Seven. Seven as well for showing it. It made The Beauty and The Geek Australia look like brain surgery. Ten’s returning Law and Order, SVU, two linked eps, the 8.30pm hour averaged 544,000 metro and 757,000 national viewers, the 9.30pm ep averaged 428,000 metro and 587,000 national viewers. Another ratings giant is dying on screen.

Metro news and current affairs: Nine News won Sydney and Melbourne, Seven News won the rest. ACA won Sydney and Melbourne, TT won the rest.

  1. Seven 6pm News — 1.094 million.
  2. 7pm ABC 1 News — 1.026 million.
  3. Nine 6pm News — 1.016 million.
  4. A Current Affair (Nine, 6.30pm) — 936,000.
  5. Today Tonight (Seven, 6.30pm) — 914,000.
  6. 7.30 (ABC 1, 7.30pm) — 731,000.
  7. Ten News At Five (Ten, 5pm) — 562,000.
  8. The Project (Ten, 6.30pm) — 541,000.
  9. The Project (Ten, 6pm) — 351,000.
  10. Ten Late News (Ten, 10.30pm) — 196,000.
  11. World News Australia (SBS ONE, 6.30pm) — 140,000.
  12. Lateline (ABC 1, 10.30pm) — 133,000.
  13. The Business (ABC 1, 11.05pm, rpt) — 105,000.
  14. World News Late (SBS ONE, 10.30pm) — 68,000.
  15. The Drum (News 24, 10pm, rpt ) — 38,000

In the morning: More life for Ten’s Breakfast yesterday.

  1. Sunrise (Seven, 7am) — 353,000.
  2. Today (Nine, 7am) –336,000.
  3. The Morning Show (Seven, 9am) — 184,000.
  4. Mornings (Nine, 9am) — 116,000
  5. News Breakfast (ABC 1, 7am) — 53,000 + 33,000 on News 24*.
  6. Breakfast (Ten, 7am) — 53,000.

*On News 24 simulcast

Metro FTA: Seven (three channels) won with a share of 31.2% from Nine (three) on 26.9%, Ten (three) was third with 19.9% (for the second time this week), the ABC (four) was on 17.9% and SBS (two) ended with 4.2%. Seven leads the week with 30.9% from Nine on 29.7%, the ABC on 18.2% and Ten on 16.6%.

Main channels: Seven won with 21.7% from Nine in 18.4%, ABC 1 was third with 13.5%, Ten was 4th with 12.4% and SBS ONE was on 3.7%. Nine still leads the week with 22.9% from Seven on 22.4%, ABC 1 on 14.0% and Ten on 11.0%.

Metro digital: GO won with a share of 6.3%, from 7TWO on 6.0%, ONE was on 4.1%, 7mate, 3.5%, Eleven, 3.4%. ABC 2, 2.6%, Gem, 2.1%, ABC 3 and News 24, 0.9% each and SBS TWO was on 0.5%. The 10 digital channels had a total FTA share last night of a high 30.3%. 7TWO still leads the week with 5.0% from GO on 4.4% and 7mate on 3.4%.

Metro including pay TV: Seven (three channels) won with a share of 25.8% from Nine (three) on 22.3%, Ten (three) was third with 16.5%, the ABC (four) was on 14.8% and SBS (two) ended with 3.5%. The 15 FTA channels had a total viewing share last night of 84.9%. The 10 digital channels had a high share of 25.2%, the five main channels share was a low 59.7%. Pay TV had a share of 15.1% in primetime last night based on the 200-plus channels on the Foxtel platform.

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox 8 — 3.1%.
  2. LifeStyle — 2.8%.
  3. Cartoon Network — 2.4%.
  4. A&E, TV1 — 2.0%.
  5. Discovery — 1.9%

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Selling Houses Aust. (LifeStyle) — 75,000.
  2. The Simpsons (F8) — 74,000.
  3. Pawn Stars (A&E) — 72,000.
  4. Family Guy (F8) — 65,000.
  5. Coronation Street (UKTV) — 62,000.

Regional: Prime/7Qld (three channels) won with a share of 34.0% from WIN/NBN (three) on 26.4%, SC Ten (three) was third with 18.7%, the ABC (four) was on 16.6% and SBS (two) ended with 4.3%. Prime/7Qld won the main channels with 22.1%, from WIN/NBN on 17.0%, ABC 1 was on 11.8% and SC Ten ended on 9.7%. 7TWO won the digitals with 6.8%, from GO with 6.7% and 7mate on 5.1%. The 10 digital channels had a near record FTA share last night of 35.4%. Prime/7Qld leads the week with 33.4%, from WIN/NBN on 30.4%, the ABC is third with 17.2% and SC Ten remains fourth on 14.4%.

The five most-watched programs in regional markets were:

  1. Seven News — 539,000.
  2. ACA — 502,000.
  3. Nine News — 464,000.
  4. Home and Away — 462,000.
  5. Brynne — 406,000.

Major metro markets: A weak night. Nine won Sydney overall from Seven and the ABC/ABC 1. Seven won the rest (overall and main channels) in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. Ten was third overall in Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth and third in the main channels in Melbourne. But ABC 1 was third in the main channels in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. GO won the digitals in Sydney, Melbourne and shared Perth with 7TWO with won Adelaide and Brisbane. Nine leads the week in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane with Seven second and the ABC third. In Adelaide and Perth its Seven from Nine and the ABC.

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

Source: Oztam, TV Networks data

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