Master, sorry, My Kitchen Rules on Seven last night was another tiresome “babe” fest. MKR of course won the night for Seven in something of a turkey shoot with 3.048 million national/ 2.089 million metro/ 957,000 regional viewers. The “babe” fest and the lack of any competition on other channels drew more viewers to Seven than on the previous three nights for MKR, hence the 3 million-plus audience last night.

The Elegant Gentleman’s Guide to Knife Fighting (677,000 national/ 448,000 metro/ 188,000 regional) produced a solid, if patchy first offering. It finished second in its timeslot from 9pm on ABC1. The Prius joke probably ran a bit too far, but was spot on (let’s see them take on animal liberationists and vegans next).  It did make Tractor Monkeys (668,000 national/ 439,000 metro/ 229,000 regional) look like what it really is — flaccid, rather indulgent and dull (but more appealing to regional viewers than The Elegant Gentleman’s Guide to Knife Fighting). Mad As Hell (896,000 national/ 627,000 metro/ 269,000 regional) was very, very good. The stuff on politics was frighteningly accurate, especially on “stopping the boats” and the ALP’s view of the cuts to single parents’ benefits (“not class war, ‘a tiff’, Shaun”).

Mr and Mrs Murder wasn’t anywhere near as good as Mad As Hell in terms of audience appeal. But it averaged a near OK 820,000 national/ 604,000 metro/ 216,000 regional viewers for Ten. The Good Wife, which followed, slid close to hiatus territory with 520,000 national/ 389,000 metro/ 131,000 regional viewers, which is a pity. Seven’s Last Resort was almost unobserved except by 615,000 national/ 358,000 metro/ 257,000 regional viewers (who loved it, from the figures).

Network share:

  1. Seven (36.5%)
  2. Nine (22.5%)
  3. Ten (18.0%)
  4. ABC (17.1%)
  5. SBS (6.0%)

Main channels:

  1. Seven (28.1%)
  2. Nine (14.5%)
  3. Ten (12.3%)
  4. ABC1 (12.0%)
  5. SBS ONE (5.1%)

Top five digital channels:

  1. 7mate  (4.2%)
  2. 7TWO, GO — (4.1%)
  3. Gem (3.9%)
  4. Eleven (3.6%)
  5. ABC 2 (3.5%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. My Kitchen Rules (Seven) – 3.048 million
  2. Nine News– 1.817 million
  3. Seven News — 1.738 million
  4. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.593 million
  5. ABC1 News — 1.441 million
  6. Criminal Minds (Seven) — 1.379 million
  7. Today Tonight (Seven) — 1.280 million
  8. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.230 million
  9. 7.30 (ABC1) — 1.006 million
  10.  Hot Seat (Nine) — 979,000

Metro top programs:

  1. My Kitchen Rules (Seven) — 2.089 million.
  2. Nine News — 1.240 million
  3. Seven News — 1.188 million
  4. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.051 million
  5. Today Tonight (Seven) — 1.038 million
  6. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.025 million

Metro/regionals: Seven had clean sweep in the five metro markets and regional areas because of MKR. In Perth Nine was again very weak and was beaten into second place in the main channels by ABC1 for a second night in a row, contrary to the outcomes in other metro markets. In regional areas, Ten was weak again, as expected.

Losers: Anyone who watched Nine. 

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News  – 1.240 million
  2. Seven News — 1.188 million
  3. Today Tonight (Seven) – 1.038 million
  4. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.025 million
  5. ABC1 News  – 991,000
  6. Ten News — 719,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC1) – 671,000
  8. The Project (Ten) — 579,000
  9. SBS ONE News –191,000
  10. Ten News Late (10.30 pm) — 180,000

Metro morning TV:

  1. Today (Seven) – 338,000
  2. Sunrise (Nine) – 337,000
  3. News Breakfast (ABC1) – 51,000 + 33,000 on News 24

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox 8 – 3.7%
  2. LifeStyle  – 3.1%
  3. TV1 – 2.6%
  4. A&E,Foxtel Movie –1.8%
  5. UKTV – 1.6%.

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Selling Houses Australia (LifeStyle) – 200,000
  2. Location Location Location Australia (LifeStyle) – 98,000
  3. Family Guy (Fox 8) — 98,000
  4. Family Guy (Fox 8) — 95,000
  5. The Simpsons (Fox 8) – 79,000

Tonight:  The Checkout on ABC1 at 8pm, one of the week’s better programs (and believe it or not, is the night’s highlight, based on the TV schedules of the networks). SBS has the usual foodie line-up. Nine has The Footy Shows at 8.30pm. Ten has Jamie Oliver’s 15-Minute Meals. Seven has nothing much at all after Home and Away.

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