Nine’s night in another split decision — Nine won Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane well to get enough ratings to withstand the big wins by Seven in Adelaide and Perth. Nine won with 60 Minutes (2.498 million nationally), the news (2.288 million), House Husbands and The Block (2.132 million) all doing very well. House Husbands ended its current season with a solid 1.696 million national/ 1.181 million metro/ 515,000 regional viewers.

But the star was SBS ONE’s Eurovision final — even though there had been spoiler announcements on other channels earlier in the day and on news programs, it still managed 751,000 national/ 595,000 metro/ 156,000 regional viewers (clearly it was a metro-type of program) over nearly four hours and boosted SBS to a 11.4% share overall and a main channel share of 10.6%, within sight of ABC1 (11.05%) and Ten (11.5%). Julia Zemiro was again the star of the three nights.

ABC1’s Dr Who went out with a bit of a bang last night  with 1.150 million national/ 812,000 regional/ 338,000 regional viewers. (And Steven Moffatt will be back writing Dr Who in season eight, according to the BBC. The finale of the current version aired in the UK on Saturday night. An  anniversary special will be broadcast in the US on November 23). Call The Midwife finished its solid season with 1.115 million national/ 785,000 metro/ 330,000 regional viewers. It’s really an updated and more narrowly focused version of Coronation Street and Eastenders.

In the morning, Financial Review Sunday on Nine lost 28,000, national viewers (to 261,000 national/ 176,000 metro/ 85,000 regional) for what was really a weak, weak effort, exceeded only by the weak weak effort by Inside Business on ABC1 at the same time, which had a much smaller audience (188,000 national/ 119,000 metro/ 69,000 regional). The Bolt Report (181,000 national/ 132,000 metro/ 49,000 regional) was also weak (The AFR Sunday program has carved viewers from the Bolter’s fan club). But the real flop was Meet the Press on Ten at 10.30am. This News Ltd produced confection averaged (in metro markets) 73,000, and the 4.30pm repeat of half the program had just 95,000. Nationally the programs had 126,000 and 86,000, meaning the regional audiences were 31,000 for the repeat and a miserable 13,000 for the 10.30 original. It’s a waste of TV time.

Last week: Nine’s easily as House Rules tanked for Seven (and got three repeats at the weekend, so desperate is Seven to get some traction for this slow-moving train wreck).

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (31.3%)
  2. Seven (27.3%)
  3. Ten (16.0%)
  4. ABC (14.0%)
  5. SBS (11.4%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (25.3%)
  2. Seven (20.2%)
  3. Ten (11.5%)
  4. ABC1 (11.0%)
  5. SBS ONE (10.6%)

Top five digital channels: 

  1. GO, 7TWO (3.6%)
  2. 7mate (3.5%)
  3. Gem, Eleven (2.3%)
  4. ONE (2.2%)
  5. ABC2 (1.8%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. 60 Minutes (Nine) – 2.498 million
  2. Nine News — 2.288 million
  3. The Block (Nine) — 2.132 million
  4. Seven News  – 2.112 million
  5. Sunday Night (Seven) — 1.824 million
  6. A Place To Call Home (Seven) — 1.736 million
  7. House Husbands (Nine) — 1.696 million
  8. ABC1 News — 1.314 million
  9. Dr Who (ABC1) — 1.150 million
  10. Call The Midwife (ABC1) — 1.115 million

Top metro programs:

  1. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 1.707 million
  2. Nine News — 1.578 million
  3. The Block (Nine) — 1.524 million
  4. Seven News — 1.421 million
  5. House Husbands (Nine) —
  6. A Place To Call Home (Seven) — 1.147 million
  7. Sunday Night Seven) — 1.141 million

Losers:  Seven’s Kath and Kim Kountdown (1.067 million national/ 678,000 metro/ 389,000 regional). Whatever were they thinking? It wasn’t all that odd that this was beaten by Dr Who, plus 60 Minutes and The Biggest Loser! 

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 1.707 million
  2. Nine News — 1.578 million
  3. Seven News — 1.421 million
  4. Sunday Night (Seven) — 1.141 million
  5. ABC1 News — 904,000
  6. Ten News – 506,000
  7. SBS ONE News — 210,000

Metro morning TV:

  1. Weekend Sunrise (Seven) – 373,000
  2. Weekend Today (Nine) – 270,000
  3. Insiders (ABC1) — 179,000 + 82,000 on News 24
  4. Landline (ABC1) — 208,000
  5. Financial Review Sunday (Nine) — 176,000
  6. Offsiders (ABC1) — 139,000
  7. The Bolt Report (Ten) – 132,000
  8. Inside Business (ABC 1) — 119,000
  9. Meet the Press Repeat (Ten, 4.30pm) — 95,000
  10. Meet the Press (Ten, 10.30am) — 73,000.

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox Footy – 4,8%
  2. Fox Sports 1 – 2.8%
  3. Fox Sports 2 – 2.7%
  4. Foxtel movies – 2.6%.
  5. Fox 8 – 2.5%

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. NRL: Cronulla v Canberra (Fox Sports 1) – 201,000
  2. AFL: Adelaide v st Kilda  (Fox Footy) – 190,000
  3. AFL: Carlton v Port Adelaide  (Fox Footy) – 187,000
  4. AFL: Richmond v Melbourne  (Fox Sports 3) –167,000
  5. Prometheus (Foxtel movie premiere) - 120,000

Tonight: The various news and current affairs programs on the ABC. Try Australian  Story perhaps on Ray Hadley (the Sydney radio screamer/shock jock). Nine has The Voice. Seven has House Rules, then Revenge (which will suffer). Ten hasn’t much. The Biggest Loser. 

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