The Glenn Dyer breakdown: Seven’s night, Ten bounced for the second time this week thanks to the fresh NCIS. Nine was weak as the stuff of the satellite from the US didn’t click. Seven easily won the demos.

The X Factor results episode last night had more than 1.5 million metro and over 2.2 million national viewers last night. Winners & Losers which followed had more than a million metro and over 1.5 million national viewers. Seven’s win is therefore explained by the very strong figures for those two programs which covered more than two and a quarter hours of prime time TV. Throw in another solid effort by Home and Away and Seven News and Seven won big.

Nine’s fast tracked episode of The Big Bang Theory and 2 Broke Girls lost ground from last week, but Two And A Half Men picked up. Fast Tracking of programs is not being matched by the demand claimed by many of the proponents and netheads. Perhaps it’s another internet myth?

Figures for News 24 programs from mid afternoon onwards into yesterday evening showed a spike upwards because of the developing Peter Slipper story. News 24’s share jumped to 1.2% last night in metro prime time as a result. In regional areas, News 24 did much better with a share of 2.2%. Sky News on Foxtel also saw a boost to its ratings and audience last night.

Tonight: Gruen Planet and the next revolution of The Hamster Wheel for the Chaserettes on ABC1. The Good Wife returns to Ten at 8.30pm with a fresh new series first episode, so watch. Seven has Surveillance OZ and Criminal Minds. Nine has Big Brother and the weak Big Fat Gypsy Weddings. SBS has the first of a two-parter on Barack Obama at 9.30pm. Kitchen Cabinet on ABC2 at 9.30pm.

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

  1. The X Factor (Seven) — 2.208 million.
  2. Seven News — 1.622 million.
  3. Winners & Losers  (Seven) — 1.522 million.
  4. Nine News — 1.475 million.
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.454 million.
  6. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.423 million.
  7. The Big bang Theory (Nine) — 1.357 million.
  8. ABC News (7pm) — 1.351 million.
  9. Big Brother (Nine) — 1.240 million
  10. NCIS (Ten) — 1.200 million.

The Metro Winners:

  1. The X Factor (Seven, 7.30pm) — 1.519 million.
  2. Seven News (6pm) — 1.088 million.
  3. The Big Bang Theory (Nine, 8.30) — 1.064 million.
  4. Winners & Losers (Seven, 8.45pm) — 1.064 million.
  5. Nine News (6pm) — 1.014 million.

The Losers: Nine’s fast tracking. I Will Survive on Ten at 7.30 pm, 384,000 metro and only 520,000 national viewers. Nine’s Two And A Half Men, 553,000 metro and 731,000 national viewers (up from last week. though, but still weak).

Metro News & CA:

  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.088 million.
  2. Nine News (6pm) — 1.014 million.
  3. ABC News (7pm) — 984,000.
  4. Today Tonight (Seven, 6.30pm) — 941,000.
  5. A Current Affair (Nine, 6.30pm) — 940,000.
  6. 7.30 (ABC1) — 746,000.
  7. Ten News At Five — 676,000.
  8. The Project (Ten, 6.30pm) — 552,000.
  9. The Project (Ten, 6pm) — 400,000.
  10. Ten Late News (10.30pm) — 297,000.
  11. Insight (SBS ONE, 8.30pm) — 260,000.
  12. Lateline (ABC1, 10.30pm) — 209,000.
  13. Dateline (SBS ONE, 9.30pm) — 191,000.
  14. World News Australia (SBS ONE, 6.30pm) — 144,000.
  15. The Business (ABC 1, 11.05pm, rpt) — 121,000.
  16. World News Late (SBS ONE, 10.30pm) — 91,000.
  17. The Drum (News 24, 10pm, rpt) — 59,000.

In the morning:

  1. Sunrise (Seven, 7am) — 323,000.
  2. Today (Nine, 7am) — 307,000.
  3. The Morning Show (Seven, 9am) — 175,000.
  4. Mornings (Nine, 9am) — 103,000.
  5. News Breakfast (ABC1, 7am) — 48,000 + 22,000 on News 24.
  6. Breakfast (Ten, 7am) — 45,000

Metro FTA: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 31.8%, from Nine (3) on 24.8%, with Ten (3) again third with 19.9%, the ABC (4) was 4th with 17.3%, and SBS (2) was on 6.2%. Seven leads the week with 31.8%, from Nine on 25.4%, with Ten third on 20.0% and the ABC 4th on 18.5%.

Main Channels: Seven won with 24.9%, from Nine with 18.9%, Ten was third with 14.2%, ABC 1 was on 12.3% and SBS ONE ended with 4.9%. Seven leads the week with 24.1%, from Nine on 18.8%, Ten is third with 14.5%, and ABC1 is on 14.2%.

Metro Digital: 7TWO won with a share of 3.6%, from 7mate on 3.3%, GO was on 3.1%, ONE and Eleven were on 2.9% each, Gem ended with 2.8%, ABC 2, 2.7%, SBS TWO was on 1.3%, News 24, 1.2% and ABC3, 1.1%. The 10 digital channels had a total FTA viewing share last night of 24.9%. 7TWO leads the week with 4.2%, from GO on 3.9% and 7mate on 3.4%.

Metro including Pay TV: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 26.6%, from Nine (3) on 20.8%, with Ten (3) on 16.7%, the ABC (4) was on 14.5%, and SBS (2) was on 5.2%. the 15 FTA channels had a total share last night of 86.0%. The 10 digital channels share totalled 20.8%, the five main channels share was 65.2%. The 200 plus channels on Foxtel gave Pay TV a share of 14.0% last night.

The top five pay TV channels were:

  1.  Fox 8 — 2.8%
  2.  TV1 — 2.2%.
  3.  Sky News — 2.1%.
  4.  LifeStyle — 1.8%.
  5. Fox Classics, Cartoon Net — 1.6%.

The five most-watched programs on pay TV were:

  1. The Simpsons (Fox 8 ) — 70,000.
  2. Pawn Stars (A&E) — 65,000.
  3. The Simpsons (F8) — 64,000.
  4. Storage Wars (A&E) — 59,000.
  5. Country House Rescue (LifeStyle) — 55,000.

Regional: Prime/7Qld (3 channels) won with a share of 36.7%, from WIN/NBN (3) on 22.1%, with SC Ten (3) on 18.2%, the ABC (4) was on 17.2%, and SBS (2) was on 5.8%. Prime/7Qld won the main channels with 26.1%, from WIN/NBN on 16.1%, SC Ten was on 12.6% and ABC 1 was on 11.0%. 7TWO won the digitals with 5.7% from 7mate on 4.9% and Gem with 3.4%.. The 10 digital channels had an FTA viewing share last night of a high 30.1%. Prime/7Qld lead the week with 35.4%, from WIN/NBN on 24.0%, the ABC on 18.9% and SC Ten on 17.0%.

The five most-watched programs in regional markets were:

  1. The X Factor — 720,000.
  2. Seven News — 534,000.
  3. ACA — 514,000.
  4. Winners & Losers — 491,000.
  5. Nine News — 461,000.

Major Metro Markets: Seven won all five metro markets (overall and the main channels). Ten did better with third overall and in the main channels in Sydney and Brisbane. In Melbourne ABC1 knocked Ten out of third in the main channels. In Adelaide Ten was second and Nine third both overall and in the main channels. In Perth Ten was second overall, but fourth in the main channels. 7TWO won the digitals in Sydney and Brisbane. 7Mate won Melbourne and Adelaide and ONE won Perth (and Eleven was also very strong) with a strength not seen in other markets.

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

Source: Oztam, TV Networks data

Peter Fray

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