The Glenn Dyer breakdown: Novak Djokovic did well for Seven last night. But the tennis audience in metro markets dipped under a million viewers (to 971,000). The national audience was over 1.4 million which is not bad, but not a smash result.

MasterChef: The Professionals remained above the million viewer mark in metro markets (and 1.432 million nationally). But it lost ground in Adelaide and Perth where the ABC pushed past Ten, and Nine into second spot in the main channels. But MasterChef: The Professionals again won the under 50 demos for Ten, which is all it is interested in, even if the program is not quite what we were led to believe. The professionals are average, Marco Pierre White isn’t an ogre and the food is pretty remote from what you and I might whip up at home on the cook top or the barbie. It is in fact the furthest from the spirit and idea of MasterChef established in season one and two.

Tonight: More tennis on Seven. The final one day international cricket game between Australia and Sri Lanka is on Nine from Hobart. Ten has the final and second last episodes of The Wedding Band from 7.30pm. There’s a repeat of the Bee Gees documentary on ABC1 at 8.30pm.

In the US some Australian names are featuring in the mid-season TV pilot pick up (by the TV networks) season which is underway this week. According to reports in US media and online sites, CBS has signed for a pilot from Jerry Bruckheimer (CSI etc) called Hostages. But the network reportedly only signed when the producers got Toni Collette on board as the lead. Rose Byrne is said to be in strong demand for the female lead in a growing number of new pilots. She is said to be very “bankable” for producers (Byrne starred in Damages which appeared here on the Nine Network). The US version pilot of ABC1’s Rake (starring Greg Kinnear) is set to be green lighted this week. And Rebel Wilson is set to appear as the lead in a single-camera remake of a CBS pilot from last year called Super Fun Night. That pilot will be for the US ABC network.

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

  1. Nine News — 1.705 million.
  2. Seven News — 1.623 million.
  3. Australian Open Tennis: night nine (Seven) — 1.467 million.
  4. MasterChef: The Professionals (Ten) — 1.432 million.
  5. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.412 million.
  6. ABC1 News — 1.376 million.
  7. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.374 million.
  8. Today Tonight (Seven) — 1.279 million.
  9. New Tricks (ABC1) — 1.222 million.
  10. 7.30 Summer (ABC1) — 1.057 million.

The Metro Winners:

  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.192 million.
  2. Nine News (6pm) — 1.163 million.
  3. Today Tonight (Seven, 6.30pm) — 1.106 million.
  4. MasterChef: The Professionals(Ten, 7.30 – 8.30 pm) — 1.020 million.

Metro News & CA:

  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.192 million.
  2. Nine News (6pm) — 1.163 million.
  3. Today Tonight (Seven, 6.30pm) — 1.106 million.
  4. ABC1 News (7pm) — 950,000.
  5. A Current Affair (Nine, 6.30pm) — 912,000.
  6. Ten News (Ten, 5pm) — 720,000.
  7. 7.30 Summer (ABC1, 7.30pm) — 689,000.
  8. The Project (Ten, 6.30pm) — 456,000.
  9. SBS ONE News (6.30pm) — 143,000.
  10. ABC Late News (10.30pm) — 113,000.
  11. SBS ONE Late News, 10.30pm) — 71,000.

In the morning:

  1. Sunrise — (Seven, 7am) — 363,000.
  2. Today — (Nine, 7am) — 328,000.
  3. Mornings Summer (Nine, 9pm) — 144,000.
  4. News Breakfast (ABC1, 7am) — 46,000 + 43,000 on News 24.

Metro FTA: Seven (three channels) won with a share of 32.5% from Nine (three) on 23.0%, Ten (three) was on 20.2%, the ABC (four) ended on 17.6%, SBS (three) was on 6.7%. Seven leads the week on 34.3%, Nine is on 23.4%, Ten, 20.6% and the ABC is on 17.6%. Main Channels: Seven won with 25.7%, from Nine on 16.1%, Ten on 14.4%, ABC1 on 13.1% and SBS ONE with 4.9%. Seven leads the week with 26.4% from Nine on 16.5%, Ten on 14.9% and ABC 1 on 11.4%.

Metro Digital: 7TWO won with a share of 3.9% from Gem on 3.5%, GO was on 3.4%, Eleven was on 3.05, 7mate ended with 2.9%, ONE was on 2.8%, ABC2, 2.5%, SBS TWO, 1.7%, ABC 3, 1.1%, News 24, 1.0% and NITV was on 0.1%. The 11 digital channels had an FTA viewing share last night of 25.9%, 7TWO leads the week with 4.6%, from GO on 3.8%, 7mate on 3.3% and Gem on 3.1%.

Metro including Pay TV: Seven (three channels) won with a share of 26.3% from Nine (three) on 18.5%, Ten (three) was on 16.3%, the ABC (four) ended on 14.3%, SBS (three) was on 5.4%. The 15 FTA channels had a total viewing share last night of 83.1%, with the 11 digital channels totalling 20.8% and the five main channels, 62.3%. the 200 plus channels on Foxtel gave Pay TV a share last night of 16.9%, the highest of the week so far.

The top five pay TV channels were:

  1. Fox8 — 3.4%.
  2. LifeStyle, TV1 — 2.3%.
  3. Cartoon Net. — 1.8%.
  4. Fox Classics, Disney — 1.7%.
  5. Nickelodeon, Crime & Investigation — 1.6%.

The five most-watched programs on pay TV were:

  1. Come Dine With Me Australia (LifeStyle) — 83,000.
  2. Storage Wars (A&E) — 68,000.
  3. Pawn Wars (A&E) — 64,000.
  4. America’s Next Top Model (Fox8) — 64,000.
  5. The Simpsons (Fox8) — 59,000.

Regional: Prime/7Qld (three channels) won with a share of 31.6%, from WIN/NBN (three) on 27.6%, the ABC (three) was on 17.7%, SC Ten (three) was on 16.2% and SBS (four) was on 7.0%. Prime/7Qld won the main channels with 24.7%, from WIN/NBN on 18.3%, ABC1 was on 11.7% and SC Ten was on 11.6%. Prime/7Qld leads the week with 34.4%, from WIN/NBN on 27.1%, SC Ten is on 16.6% and the ABC is on 16.2%.

The five most-watched programs in regional markets were:

  1. Nine News — 541,000.
  2. Australian Open Tennis: night nine — 496,000.
  3. Home and Away — 478,000.
  4. A Current Affair — 461,000.
  5. Seven News — 429,000.

Major Metro Markets: A clean sweep for Seven (overall and the main channels) in all five metro markets. Nine was second and Ten third in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. ABC1 was second in the main channels inAdelaide and Perth. Ten was third in Adelaide and Nine was third in Perth. A mixed night in the digital channels: 7TWO won Sydney and Perth, Gem won Melbourne, GO and Eleven won Brisbane and 7mate and ONE won Adelaide. Seven leads the week from Nine and Ten in all five metro 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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