The Glenn Dyer breakdown: Seven’s night, easily with Ten’s share falling as the quality of its offering returned to the now usual Monday night. Nine was its now usual weak Monday night. Tonight will be the same.

Seven’s The X Factor with more than 1.4 million metro and over 2.1 million national viewers dominated the night.

Big Brother on Nine was weak, just 867,000 metro viewers for the normal show (and 1.159 million nationally) and 993,000 metro viewers for the live nominations (1.316 million nationally). Seven’s Home and Away had 1.005 million metro and 1.448 million national viewers.

Ten was especially weak in regional markets, so much so that Seven’s main digital channel, 7TWO finished with a Free To Air viewing share of 7.5% which was bigger than the 7.2% that Ten’s main channel had last night.

Tonight: The X Factor on Seven and then Winners & Losers. Nine has a fresh episode of The Big Bang Theory and Big Brother. The rest can be ignored, as most of the audience will do. Ten has fresh NCIS and fresh NCIS Los Angeles. The ABC has Poh’s Kitchen lending a hand and then Rick Stein in Spain, and then a repeat of QI. For boomer readers, Bryan Ferry talks to Virginia Trioli at 10 pm.

If anyone is interested, the delayed figures for Sunday night show that in metro and regional markets, Seven’s Ahn Does Vietnam had 2.381 million viewers, Seven’s Sunday Night was watched by 2.292 million, Seven News, 1.146 million. The Bathurst 1000, 1.978 million and Ten’s Underground, The Julian Assange Story averaged a very solid 1.780 million.

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

  1. The X Factor (Seven) — 2.126 million.
  2. Seven News — 1.810 million.
  3. Nine News — 1.535 million.
  4. ABC News — 1.457 million.
  5. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.488 million.
  6. Big Brother: Live Nominations (Nine) — 1.316 million.
  7. Australian Story (ABC) — 1.315 million.
  8. Today Tonight (Seven) — 1.238 million.
  9. 7.30 (ABC) — 1.161 million.
  10. Big Brother (Nine) — 1.159 million.

The Metro Winners:

  1. The X Factor (Seven, 7.30pm) — 1.465 million.
  2. Seven News (6pm) — 1.224 million.
  3. Nine News (6pm) — 1.044 million.
  4. ABC News (7pm) — 1.030 million.
  5. Today Tonight (Seven, 6.30pm) — 1.029 million.
  6. Home and Away (Seven, 7pm) — 1.005 million.

The Losers: Ten, as Sunday night’s jump in viewers was reversed because of a weak offering. New Girl at 7.30pm, 439,000 metro and 561,000 national viewers. So much for “fast tracking” programs from the US. No matter how you pitch the sell, if viewers don’t like the program any more they won’t watch, as we have seen with this faded beauty and Nine’s Two And A Half Men and 2 Broke Girls (tonight). Ten’s Can of Worms at 8.30pm, 572,000 metro viewers and 748,000 nationally. Less than average. GCB on Seven after The X Factor, 539,000 metro viewers (and 802,000 nationally) said goodbye to this one off series.

Metro News & CA: Seven News lost Melbourne (again) to Nine News, but won Sydney and the rest. ACA won Melbourne and drew Brisbane with TT which won the rest.

  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.224 million.
  2. Nine News (6pm) — 1.044 million.
  3. ABC News (7pm) — 1.030 million.
  4. Today Tonight (Seven, 6.30pm) — 1.029 million.
  5. A Current Affair (Nine, 6.30pm) — 920,000.
  6. Australian Story (ABC, 8pm) — 876,000.
  7. 7.30 (ABC, 7.30pm) — 784,000.
  8. Ten News (5pm) — 687,000.
  9. Q&A (ABC, 9.35pm) — 684,000.
  10. Media Watch (ABC, 9.20pm) — 681,000.
  11. The Project (Ten, 6.30pm) — 603,000.
  12. Four Corners (ABC, 8.30pm) — 553,000.
  13. The Project (Ten, 6pm) — 475,000.
  14. Lateline (ABC 10.35pm) — 338,000.
  15. Ten Late News (10.30pm) — 174,000.
  16. The Business (ABC, 11.10pm) — 146,000.
  17. World News Australia (SBS ONE, 6.30pm) — 144,000.
  18. World News Late (SBS ONE, 10.30pm) — 52,000.
  19. The Drum (ABC News 24, 10pm) — 27,000.

In the morning:

  1. Sunrise (Seven, 7am) — 361,000.
  2. Today (Nine, 7am) — 345,000.
  3. The Morning Show (Seven, 9am) — 148,000.
  4. Mornings (Nine, 9am) — 131,000.
  5. News Breakfast (ABC, 7am) — 37,000 + 25,000 on News 24.
  6. Breakfast (Ten, 7am) — 42,000.

Metro FTA: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 33.5% from Nine (3) on 26.7%, the ABC (4) was on 19.6%, Ten (3) was on 16.3% and SBS (2) was on 4.0%. Seven leads the week with 31.8% from Nine on 25.7%, Ten is on 20.0%, the ABC is on 19.0% and SBS is on 3.6%. Main Channels: Seven won with a share of 24.4% from Nine on 18.5%, ABC1 was on 14.8%, Ten was on 11.1% and SBS ONE ended on 3.4%. Seven leads the week with 23.7% from Nine on 18.8%, ABC1 on 15.1% and Ten on 14.7%.

Metro Digital: 7TWO won with a share of 5.7% from GO on 5.0%, 7mate was on 3.4%, Gem was on 3.2%, ONE ended on 2.8%, ABC2 was on 2.7%, Eleven ended with 2.4%, ABC3, 1.1%, News 24, 1.0% and SBS TWO 0.5%. The 10 digital channels had an FTA viewing share last night of 27.8%. 7TWO leads the week with 4.5% from GO on 4.2% and 7mate on 3.5%.
Metro including Pay TV: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 28.0% from Nine (3) on 22.3%, the ABC (4) was on 16.4%, Ten (3) was on 13.6% and SBS (2) was on 3.3%. The 15 FTA channels had a viewing share last night of 86.0%, with the 10 digitals share totalling 23.3% and the five main channels share down to 62.7%. The 200 plus channels on Foxtel gave Pay TV a viewing share of 14.0% last night.

The top five pay TV channels were:

  1. Fox 8 — 3.4%.
  2. TV1 — 2.2%.
  3. UKTV — 1.9%.
  4. LifeStyle — 1.8%.
  5. A&E — 1.7%.

The five most-watched programs on pay TV were:

  1. Tony Robinson’s Time Walks (History Channel) — 102,000.
  2. New Tricks (UKTV) — 90,000.
  3. Futurama (F8) — 86,000.
  4. Family Guy (F8) — 82,000.
  5. The Simpsons (F8) — 81,000.

Regional: Prime/7Qld (3 channels) won with a share of 36.1% from WIN/NBN (3) on 26.6%, the ABC (4) was on 19.6%, SC Ten (3) was on 12.5% and SBS (2) was on 5.2%. Prime/7Qld won the main channels with 25.4% from WIN/NBN on 17.5%, ABC1 was on 14.5% and SC Ten was on 7.2%. 7TWO won the digitals with 7.5% from GO on 5.4%, and Gem with 3.6%. The 10 digital channels had a very high FTA share last night of 31.1%. Prime/7Qld lead the week on 34.8% from WIN/NBN on 24.9%, the ABC on 19.7% and SC Ten on 16.4%.

The five most-watched programs in regional markets were:

  1. The X Factor (Seven) — 703,000.
  2. Seven News — 586,000.
  3. Nine News — 492,000.
  4. Home and Away (Seven) — 442,000.
  5. Australian Story (ABC1) — 433,000.

Major Metro Markets: A clean sweep (overall and the main channels) for Seven in all five metro markets. Nine was second everywhere and the ABC/ABC1 were third everywhere as well as Ten faded. 7TWO won the digitals in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, while GO won Brisbane and Perth. Seven leads the week everywhere from Nine and the ABC in Sydney and Adelaide. Ten is third in Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.

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

Source: Oztam, TV Networks data

Peter Fray

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