Another weak night for Seven, another solid night for Nine, thanks to The Voice (2.625 million national/ 1.908 million metro/ 717,000 regional), supported by half of Celebrity Apprentice (the challenge, which was watched by 1.777 million national/ 1.276 million metro/ 501,000 regional viewers).  Nine also won in regional markets (the margin was a bit closer than in metro markets). Seven could only win the Perth market last night (holdouts).

The boardroom part of Celebrity Apprentice got around 400,000 viewer desert in metro markets and 640,000 nationally. It averaged 1.129 million national/ 829,000 metro./ 300,000 regional viewers. That’s not the best of looks when more than a third of the audience for the challenge bit doesn’t hang around to hear the trite words, “You’re fired!” Just around a third of the viewers for the challenge didn’t want to hang around for the result is one of those great mysteries of  TV viewing and programming.

Ten had a stronger night, finishing a solid third and pushing ABC1 back to fourth. The Biggest Loser had 999,000 national/ 685,000 metro/ 314,000 regional viewers. NCIS at 8.30pm on Ten showed signs of its old fire and had 1.267 million national/ 876,000 metro/ 391,000 regional viewers.

Foreign Correspondent (928,000 national/ 650,000 metro/ 328,000 regional viewers) again showed us why its the best current affairs program on TV when it comes to international stories — the second part of the Ben Zygier spy story was great TV,  just as the first one was.

And Can of Worms on Monday night was on Ten at 9.30pm, not 8.30pm, which made the figures look at little better, but not by much. It remains in need of an injection of relevance.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (31.9%)
  2. Seven (25.0%)
  3. Ten (19.4%)
  4. ABC (17.8%)
  5. SBS (5.9%)

Network main channels

  1. Nine (26.2%)
  2. Seven (18.7%)
  3. Ten (14.7%)
  4. ABC1 (13.2%)
  5. SBS ONE (4.8%)

Top five digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO (3.8%)
  2. GO (3.7%)
  3. ABC 2 (2.9%)
  4. Eleven (2.7%)
  5. 7mate (2.5%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. The Voice (Nine) – 2.625 million
  2. Nine News — 1.910 million
  3. Seven News — 1.857 million
  4. Packed To The Rafters (Seven) – 1.778 million
  5. Celebrity Apprentice – Challenge (Nine) — 1.777 million
  6. ABC1 News — 1.384 million
  7. Today Tonight (Seven) — 1.299 million
  8. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.268 million
  9. NCIS (Ten) — 1.267 million
  10. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.253 million

Top metro programs:

  1. The Voice (Nine) 1.908 million
  2. Nine News — 1.285 million
  3. Celebrity Apprentice -Challenge (Nine) — 1.276 million
  4. Seven News — 1.236 million
  5. Packed To The Rafters (Seven) — 1.138 million
  6. A Current Affair (Nine)– 1.041 million
  7. Today Tonight (Seven) — 1.021 million

Losers:  Nothing really — except Packed To The Rafters is certainly showing its age and a couple of years ago would have fought off Celebrity Apprentice in metro markets in particular. Rafters was again stronger (proportionately) in regional markets. Rafters’ 2014 return for Seven is is looking problematic. Rafters had 1.778 million national/ 1.138 million metro/ 640,000 regional viewers. That’s an OK national figure, an average metro number and a very solid one for the regional markets. 

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News — 1.285 million
  2. Seven News — 1.236 million
  3. A Current Affair (Nine)– 1.041 million
  4. Today Tonight (Seven) — 1.021 million
  5. ABC1 News — 959,000
  6. Ten News — 715,000
  7. Foreign Correspondent (ABC1) — 650,000
  8. 7.30 (ABC1)  — 607,000
  9. The Project (Ten) — 499,000
  10. Ten Late News — 283,000

Metro morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 359,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 345,000
  3. News Breakfast (ABC1) – 54,000 + 38,000 on News 24

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. LifeStyle – 2.9%
  2. Fox 8 – 2.5%
  3. TV1 – 2.2%
  4. Sky News – 1.7%
  5. Discovery – 1.6%.

 Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Family Guy  (Fox 8 ) – 100,000
  2. AFL: 360  (Fox Footy) – 97,000
  3. The Simpsons (Fox 8) – 95,000
  4. Futurama (Fox) – 70,000
  5. The Simpsons (Fox 8) — 54,000

Tonight: The last of Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell, Tractor Monkeys (yippee) and the final Elegant Knife Fighters’ Guide on ABC1.But The Thick of It continues at 10pm. Nine has a fresh episode of The Big Bang Theoryamid repeats and Arrow. Seven has Criminal Minds and not much else. Ten has The Good Wife and not much else apart from the fading Mr and Mrs Murder.

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