Nine’s night with The Block starting and The Voice continuing, but the night wasn’t a complete national knockout for Nine — while Nine won Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane (the east coast), Seven won strongly in Adelaide and Perth, whose viewers have again comprehensively rejected The Block and don’t like it as much as they do on the east coast. Nine was also a solid winner in regional markets, with The Voice tops, but The Block back in the pack of top 10 programs. But it has to be said The Block always starts slowly and builds, but with this the second version of the format so far this year, will viewers be over renos?

And The Block (1.931 million national/ 1.312 million/ 619,000 regional) didn’t really give The Voice a boost (2.668 million national/ 1.925 million metro/ 743,000 regional) at all — the latter’s figures were not much changed at all from recent weeks. Seven’s A Place To Call Home (1.815 million national/ 1.180 metro million/ 635,000 regional) dipped under the 1.2 million mark in metro markets  as The Voice continued to around 8.4 pm. It was still strongly supported in regional markets, as were The Voice and The Block.

Next Sunday Nine moves House Husbands from Monday to Sunday nights at 8.30 against the Seven newbie. Nine obviously wants to erode Seven’s market, but one of these two fine local programs will be hurt, and it seems an odd move seeing House Husbands is one of the few local drama series that Nine has been able to make work in the past decade.

Seven hopes viewers are not getting tired of reno-style programs because it is bringing its much hyped reno series House Rules to the schedule tomorrow night at 7.30pm. It’s a sort of My Kitchen Rules with a touch of The Block format, but for doing renos. It could be a bit of a gamble — but like The Block it will start slowly as the contestants and tasks are explained to viewers. Both programs could spoil each other. House Rules and The Block will be up against each other from 7.30 to 8pm most nights — both could ruin the taste viewers have the genre, much like House Husbands v A Place To Call Home. 

Celebrity Splash ends this Thursday night at 8.45pm for two hours. It might make a good counterpoint to The Footy Shows on Nine, which are in a similar vein.

Award update: Last Tango in Halifax won the Bafta Award for the Best TV drama in Britain in 2012 last night in London.

Last week: Nine won from Seven, narrowly in all people (by 0.4%), bigger in the demos because of The Voice. Seven won Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth in all people thanks especially to the AFL on Friday and Saturday nights and no thanks to Celebrity Splash, which bombed. Seven won the digitals. Nine won the regional markets with Friday’s NRL games and The Voice earlier in the week playing a big part.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (35.2%)
  2. Seven (27.4%)
  3. Ten (18.6%)
  4. ABC (13.6%)
  5. SBS (5.2%)

Network main channels

  1. Nine (28.8%)
  2. Seven (21.7%)
  3. Ten (13.2%)
  4. ABC1 (10.5%)
  5. SBS ONE (4.3%)

Top five digital channels: 

  1. GO (3.9%)
  2. ONE (3.5%)
  3. 7TWO (3.1%)
  4. 7mate (2.6%)
  5. Gem (2.5%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. The Voice  (Nine) – 2.668 million
  2. Nine News — 2.041 million
  3. The Block (Nine) — 1.931 million
  4. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 1.865 million
  5. Sunday Night (Seven) — 1.853 million
  6. Seven News– 1.831 million
  7. A Place To Call Home (Seven) — 1.815 million
  8. The Force (Seven) — 1.719 million
  9. Highway Patrol (Seven) — 1.415 million
  10. ABC1 News — 1.167 million<

Top metro programs:

  1. The Voice (Nine) — 1.925 million
  2. Nine News — 1.370 million
  3. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 1.312 million
  4. The Block (Nine) — 1.312 million
  5. Sunday Night (Seven) — 1.238 million
  6. Seven News — 1.236 million
  7. A Place To Call Home (Seven) — 1.180 million
  8. The Force (Seven) — 1.115 million

Losers:  Nothing really. 

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News — 1.370 million
  2. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 1.312 million
  3. Sunday Night (Seven) — 1.238 million
  4.  Seven News — 1.236 million
  5. ABC1 News — 798,000
  6. Ten News — 505,000
  7. SBS ONE News — 175,000

Metro morning TV:

  1. Weekend Sunrise (Seven) – 373,000
  2. Weekend Today (Nine) – 259,000
  3. Financial Review on Sunday (Nine ) –  191,000
  4. Landline (ABC1) — 185,000
  5. Insiders (ABC1) — 149,000 +72,000 on News 24.
  6. Meet The Press Repeat (Ten, 4.30pm) — 128,000
  7. The Bolt Report (Ten) — 111,000
  8. Offsiders (ABC1) — 109,000
  9. Inside Business (ABC1) — 108,000
  10. Meet The Press (Ten, 10.30am) — 84,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox Sports 1 – 5.7%
  2. Fox Footy — 5.5%
  3. Fox 8 — 2.5%
  4. Foxtel Movies Premiere, TV1 — 1.9%
  5. LifeStyle — 1.5%

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. NRL: Penrith v Melbourne (Fox Sports 1) — 266,000
  2. AFL Melbourne v Gold Coast (Fox Footy) — 237,000
  3. NRL: Canberra v Newcastle (Fox Sports 1) — 196,000
  4. AFL: After The Bounce (Fox Footy) — 159,000
  5. AFL: GWS v Adelaide (Fox Footy) — 192,000

Tonight: The Voice on Nine and The Block. The four hours and more of news and current affairs on ABC1. Try Australian Story and Four Corners. Seven isn’t very strong, Revenge is the best, while on Ten The Biggest Loser  is the main interest.

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