The Glenn Dyer breakdown: Tennis again did the job for Seven last night. Ten’s MasterChef: The Professionals topped a million metro viewers for a second night (and 1.42 million nationally), but lost around 150,000 viewers from Sunday’s opening. For Ten that was good enough for another small boast — MCP was the top show for 16s to 39s, 18 to 49s and 25 to 54s. That made it the top show for the under 50s which is what Ten is aiming for.

That kept Ten ahead of the ABC in third for a second successive night (but not in regional areas). There were also signs last night that MCP isn’t as popular in Perth and Adelaide and of course in regional areas.

At the other end of the dial, Seven won easily for a second night thanks to some great tennis. Home and Away returned for 2013 with the usual confection of story lines and carryovers from 2012. Home and Away had 938,000 metro and 1.44 million national viewers. That’s more than satisfactory for Seven which has big plans for Home and Away, despite the fact that it faces another year with Nine throwing The Block and The Voice against it.

Tonight: More tennis on Seven. Another MCP on Ten with an NCIS repeat or two. Nine has repeats of Big Bang Theory and 2 Broke Girls and Two and A Half Men and highlights of the Tour Down Under from Adelaide (Armstrong-free, of course) at 11pm. The ABC has a repeat of New Tricks.

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

  1. Seven News — 1.732 million.
  2. Nine News — 1.692 million.
  3. Australian Open Tennis: night eight (Seven) — 1.544 million.
  4. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.477 million.
  5. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.439 million.
  6. MasterChef: The Professionals (Ten) — 1.4245 million.
  7. ABC1 News — 1.396 million.
  8. Today Tonight (Seven) — 1.277 million.
  9. The Big Bang Theory episode one (Nine) — 1.137 million.
  10. The Big bang Theory episode two (Nine) — 1.052 million

The Metro Winners:

  1. Seven News — 1.268 million.
  2. Nine News — 1.144 million.
  3. Today Tonight (Seven, 6.30pm) — 1.086 million.
  4. Australian Open Tennis: night eight (Seven, 7.30pm) — 1.034 million.
  5. MasterChef: The Professionals (Ten, 7.30pm) — 1.019 million.

The Losers: Anyone who didn’t like tennis or cooking shows (again).Metro News & CA: Chris Bath returned to the 6pm Seven News in Sydney and won her first night in 2013 (318,000 to 311,000). In Melbourne, Seven finished within 14,000 of Nine News (388,000 to 402,000). The start of a trend? Hardly, Seven used the closing games of the fab Djokovic-Wawrinka marathon match from around 1pm as the lead up to the 6pm news after the day’s games finished early. That boosted viewers for the 6pm news broadcasts

  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.268 million.
  2. Nine News (6pm) — 1.144 million.
  3. Today Tonight (Seven, 6.30pm) — 1.086 million.
  4. A Current Affair (Nine, 6.30pm) — 979,000.
  5. ABC1 News (7pm) — 952,000.
  6. Ten News (Ten, 5pm) — 706,000.
  7. 7.30 Summer (ABC1, 7.30pm) — 674,000.
  8. The Project (Ten, 6.30 – 7.30 pm) — 567,000.
  9. ABC Late News (ABC 1, 10.25 – 10.35 pm) — 193,000.
  10. SBS ONE News (6.30pm).
  11. SBS ONE Late News (10.30pm) — 65,000.
  12. The Drum (News 24, 10pm, repeat) — 29,000.

In the morning:

  1. Sunrise (Seven, 7am) — 325,000.
  2. Today (Nine, 7am) — 287,000.
  3. Mornings Summer (Nine, 9am) — 144,000.
  4. News Breakfast (ABC1, 7am) — 54,000 + 34,000 on News 24.

Metro FTA: Seven (three channels) won with a share of 34.4% from Nine (three) on 24.4%, Ten (three) was on 19.8%, the ABC (four) was on 16.9% and SBS (three) ended with 4.5%. Seven leads the week with 35.1% from Nine on 23.55, Ten is on 20.8% and the ABC, 15.5%. Main Channels: Seven won with a share of 27.1% from Nine on 17.7%, Ten was on 13.65, ABC1, 11.0% and SBS ONE was on 3.3%. Seven leads the week with 26.7% from Nine on 16.6%, Ten is on 15.1% and ABC1 is on 3.3%.

Metro Digital: 7TWO won with a share of 5.0% from ABC2 on 4.4%, GO on 3.8%, Eleven on 3.7%, Gem on 2.9%, ONE with 2.6%, 7mate on 2.4%, SBS TWO, 1.0%, ABC3, 0.8%, News 24, 0.7% and NITV, 0.1%. The 11 channels had total FTA viewing share last night of 27.4%. Meanwhile, 7TWO leads the week with 5.0% from GO on 4.0% and 7mate on 3.4%, with ABC2 on 3.3%.

Metro including Pay TV: Seven (three channels) won with a share of 28.2% from Nine (three) on 19.9%, Ten (three) was on 16.2%, the ABC (four) was on 13.8% and SBS (three) ended with 3.6%. The 16 FTA channels had a total viewing share last night of 83.8% with the 11 digital channels on 22.4% and the five main channels with 61.4%. Pay TV’s share lifted to 16.2% for the 200 plus channels on Foxtel.

The top five pay TV channels were:

  1. Fox8 — 2.8%.
  2. TV1 — 2.7%.
  3. Disney — 1.9%.
  4. Cartoon Net. — 1.8%.
  5. A&E, 111 Hits — 1.6%.

The five most-watched programs on pay TV were:

  1. A League: Adelaide v. Perth (Fox Sports 1) — 66,000.
  2. Modern Family (Fox8) — 57,000.
  3. Coronation St. (UKTV) — 55,000.
  4. CSI Miami (TV1), The Simpsons (Fox8)  — 53,000.
  5. The Simpsons (Fox8) — 52,000.

Regional: Prime/7Qld (three channels) won with a share of 35.7% from WIN/NBN (three) on 27.8%. The ABC (four) was on 16.2%, SC Ten (three) was on 16.1% and SBS (three) was on 4.1%. Prime/7Qld won the main channels with a share of 26.1% from WIN/NBN on 20.9%, SC Ten was third with 10.6% and the ABC1 was on 9.8%. Meanwhile, 7TWO won the digitals with 5.1%, with 7mate on 4.5% and GO was on 4.3%. The 11 digital channels had an FTA share last night of 29.5%.

The five most-watched programs in regional markets were:

  1. Seven News — 576,000.
  2. Nine News — 548,000.
  3. Home and Away — 502,000.
  4. A Current Affair — 499,000.
  5. ABC1 News — 434,000.

Major Metro Markets: A clean sweep for Seven (overall and the main channels) with Nine second and Ten third, except in Perth where ABC1 got up and beat Ten into third. Plus, 7TWO won the digitals in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. ABC2 won Melbourne. Seven leads the week everywhere with Nine and Ten in the minor placings.

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

Source: Oztam, TV Networks data

Peter Fray

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