The Glenn Dyer breakdown: Seven’s night again, Nine was just OK, Ten slipped back as the ABC did better. In its second week out Seven’s cheapie, Surveillance Oz managed a third place in the five metro markets with 1.05 million viewers, but a top rank in regional markets boosted it to national number one with almost 1.6 million viewers from 8 to 8.30 pm. Highway Patrol on Seven at 7.30pm had nearly a million metro and almost 1.5 million viewers, while Criminal Minds at 8.30 pm averaged nearly 950,000 metro viewers and 1.4 million nationally. They offset a weak performance by Seven News in the regional markets and in Melbourne.

In fact Melbourne saw Seven’s 6-7pm woes continue. Nine News won by a massive 161,000 viewers, ACA by 137,000. That’s not a game, it’s a shame. Nine’s Big Brother averaged 895,000 metro and 1.258 million national viewers from 7pm for 90 minutes , Seven’s Home and Away (7-7.30pm) averaged 931,000 metro and 1.382 million national viewers.

Gruen Planet averaged 997,000 metro and nearly 1.4 million national viewers. The Chaser’s The Hamster Wheel averaged 895,000 metro and 1.132 million national viewers in the best of the three episodes so far. More focused and sharper.

At the end of Pie In The Sky on 7TWO around 10.45pm, Channel Seven told us that that was ‘the last Pie In The Sky for this year, it will be back next year’. The network then showed a second episode of Pie In The Sky (a repeat like the first). I rushed to my calendar. Yes, it was still 2012.

Tonight: The new mini Chaser starts on Seven at 9.30pm, making them the only people to have roughly the same show on two networks at the same time. That’s after Beauty and the Geek Australia at 8.30pm. And before that, the unmentionable program “starring” Mrs Brynne Edelstein. ABC1 has Rake. Nine has Big Brother. Ten has two episodes of Law and Order SVU. SBS has its usual foodie program line up with the Two Greedy Italians the highlight.

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

  1. Surveillance Oz (Seven) — 1.590 million.
  2. Nine News (6pm) — 1.534 million.
  3. Seven News (6pm) — 1.488 million.
  4. Highway Patrol (Seven) — 1.487 million.
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.466 million.
  6. Criminal Minds (Seven) — 1.405 million.
  7. ABC News (7pm) — 1.401 million.
  8. Gruen Planet (ABC1) — 1.391 million.
  9. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.383 million.
  10. Today Tonight (Seven) — 1.303 million.

The Metro Winners:

  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.079 million.
  2. Nine News (6pm) — 1.053 million.
  3. Surveillance Oz (Seven, 8pm) — 1.051 million.
  4. ABC News (7pm) — 1.0035 million.

The Losers: A weak night for Ten as the new Good Wife series got off to a weak fast tracked start from 8.30pm with just 487,000 metro and 648,000 national viewers. Big Fat Gypsy Weddings at 8.30pm on Nine, 619,000 metro and 849,000 national viewers. The two episodes of Last Man Standing on Ten at 7.30pm and 8pm — 521,000 and 450,000 metro viewers (and 647,000 and 574,000 nationally). Randling on ABC1 at 9.35pm, 406,000 metro and 533,000 national viewers. A tragic program. The Price is Right on Seven at 5pm, 260,000 metro and 412,000 national viewers. Even sadder and more tragic to see an old TV warhorse fading away on screen.

Metro News & CA: Seven News again won Sydney (odd that), and had big wins in Brisbane, Adelaide and especially Perth. In Melbourne, though, Seven News was simply tragic. Nine News won 386,000 to 225,000, or a massive 161,000 viewers. ACA won Sydney and Melbourne (by 137,000), TT won the rest, but both are leaking viewers.

  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.079 million.
  2. Nine News (6pm) — 1.053 million.
  3. ABC News (7pm) — 1.0035 million.
  4. Today Tonight (Seven, 6.30) — 958,000
  5. A Current Affair (Nine, 6.30) — 957,000.
  6. 7.30 (ABC1) — 784,000.
  7. Ten News At Five — 618,000
  8. The Project (Ten, 6pm) — 564,000.
  9. The Project (Ten, 6pm) — 368,000.
  10. Lateline (ABC1, 10.45pm)  — 223,000.
  11. World News Australia (SBS ONE, 6.30pm) — 149,000.
  12. The Business (ABC1, 11.20pm, rpt) — 125,000.
  13. Ten Late News (10.30pm) — 105,000
  14. World News Late (SBS ONE, 10.30pm) — 85,000.
  15. The Drum (ABC1, 6pm ) — 47,000.

In the morning: Today topped Sunrise yesterday morning,

  1. Today (Nine, 7am) — 362,000.
  2. Sunrise (Seven, 7am) –349,000.
  3. The Morning Show (Seven, 9am) — 154,000.
  4. Mornings (Nine, 9am) — 109,000.
  5. News Breakfast (ABC1, 7am) — 43,000 + 30,000 on News 24.
  6. Breakfast (Ten, 7pm) — 42,000.

Metro FTA: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 32.6% from Nine (3) on 26.6%, the ABC (4) was on 19.8%, Ten (3) was on 15.5% and SBS (2) ended with 5.5%. Seven leads the week with 31.9%, from Nine on 25.7%, Ten on 18.9% and the ABC on 18.8%. Main Channels: Seven won with 22.2% from Nine on 19.6%, ABC1 was on 15.0%, Ten was on 9.7% and SBS ONE ended with 4.6%. Seven leads the week with 23.7% from Nine on 19.0%, ABC 1 on 14.4% and Ten on 13.4%.

Metro Digital: 7TWO won easily with a share of 5.8%, from 7Mate on 4.6%, GO was on 4.1%, Eleven was on 3.3%, Gem was on 2.9%, ABC2, 2.8%, ONE ended on 2.5%, News 24 and SBS ONE were on 1.0% each and ABC3 ended on 0.9%. The 10 digital channels had an FTA share last night of 28.9%. 7TWO leads the week with 4.6%, from GO on 3.9% and 7Mate on 3.7%.

Metro including Pay TV: Seven (three channels) won with a share of 27.1% from Nine (3) on 22.1%, the ABC (4) was on 16.5%, Ten (3) was on 12.9% and SBS (2) ended with 4.6%. The 15 FTA channels had a total viewing share last night of 85.6%. The 10 digitals had a total share of a high 24.0%, the five main channels share was a lowish 61.6%. the 200 pay-plus TV channels on Foxtel gave Pay TV a viewing share last night of 14.4%, the highest of the week so far.

The top five pay TV channels were:

  1. Fox 8 — 3.9%.
  2. LifeStyle — 2.2%.
  3. TV1 — 1.9%.
  4. Cartoon, Sky News — 1.8%
  5. Nick Jr — 1.0%.

The five most-watched programs on pay TV were:

  1. Family Guy (F8) — 79,000.
  2. Family Guy (F8) — 74,000.
  3. Location, Location, Location Australia (LifeStyle) — 73,000.
  4. The Simpsons (F8) — 69,000.
  5. Pawn Stars (A&E) — 60,000.

Regional: Prime/7Qld (3 channels) won with a share of 37.7% from WIN/NBN (3) on 26.9%, the ABC (4) was on 16.9%, SC Ten (3) was on 12.6% and SBS (2) ended with 5.8%. Prime/7Qld won the main channels with 23.9%, from WIN/NBN on 19.5%, ABC 1 on 11.8% and SC Ten on 6.9%. 7TWO won the digitals with 7.8%, from 7mate on 6.0%. The 10 digital channels had a ultra high FTA share last night of 33.0%. Prime/7Qld lead the week with % from WIN/NBN on %, the ABC on % and SC Ten on %.

The five most-watched programs in regional markets were:

  1. Surveillance Oz  — 540,000.
  2. Highway Patrol — 510,000.
  3. ACA — 509,000.
  4. Nine News — 485,000.
  5. Criminal Minds — 456,000.

Major Metro Markets: A clean sweep (overall and the main channels) for Seven, with Nine second and the ABC/ABC1 third. 7TWO won the digitals in all five markets in another clean sweep. Seven leads the week from Nine and Ten in all markets bar Perth where the ABC remains in third spot.

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

Source: Oztam, TV Networks data

Peter Fray

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