House Rules eased to under a million, The Block also eased, Packed To The Rafters was very solid, Ten had a good night, and Seven scored a rare win last night thanks to the viewers in Brisbane, Adelaide and especially Perth, where Nine finished fourth in the main channels as viewers in that market rejected the network’s offerings.  Seven also won well in regional markets, thanks to Rafters in particular.

In fact in Adelaide and Perth, House Rules finished ahead of The Block last night. Sydney and Melbourne are the best markets for The Block and the worst for House Rules. Brisbane is The Block country, but the gap to House Rules is smaller. House Rules also won the regional markets as well for Seven. House Rules had national 1.486 million/ 954,000 metro/ 532,000 regional viewers. Signs of life? Perhaps, but it still has to outrage Home and Away at 7pm (1.507 million national/ 987,000 metro/ 520,000 regional viewers) to be considered a contender, then catch The Block, which had 1.715 million national/ 1.196 million metro/ 519,000 regional viewers.

Packed To The Rafters probably had its best night so far this season without a significant lead in program. A couple of more Tuesday nights like this and will Seven be still tempted to end it this year? Packed To the Rafters had 1.974 million 719,000 national/ 1.255 million metro/ 719,000 regional viewers.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (29.1%)
  2. Nine (26.2%)
  3. Ten (20.3%)
  4. ABC (18.0%)
  5. SBS (6.4%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (22.0%)
  2. Nine (20.3%
  3. Ten (15.4%)
  4. ABC1 (13.8%)
  5. SBS ONE (5.1%)

Top five digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO (4.5%)
  2. GO (3.6%)
  3. Eleven (2.7%)
  4. 7mate (2.6%)
  5. ABC2 (2.5%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Nine News– 1.983 million
  2. Packed To the Rafters (Seven) — 1.974 million
  3. Seven News — 1.974 million
  4. The Block (Nine) – 1.715 million
  5. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.507 million
  6. House Rules (Seven) — 1.486 million
  7. ABC1 News — 1.459 million
  8. Today Tonight (Seven) — 1.442 million
  9. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.242 million
  10. 7.30 (ABC1) — 1.224 million

Top metro programs:

  1. Nine News — 1.327 million
  2. Seven News — 1.300 million
  3. Packed To The Rafters (Seven) — 1.255 million
  4. The Block (Nine) — 1.196 million
  5. Today Tonight (Seven) — 1.146 million
  6. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.019 million
  7. ABC1 News — 1.001 million

Losers: Nine, in Perth where the level of rejection was quite overwhelming. That’s not only bad news for Nine but also for WIN (owned by Ten shareholder Bruce Gordon). 

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News — 1.327 million
  2. Seven News — 1.300 million
  3. Today Tonight (Seven) — 1.146 million
  4. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.019 million
  5. ABC News (7pm) – 1.001 million
  6. 7.30 (ABC1) — 872,000
  7. Ten News — 663,000
  8. The Project (Ten) — 577,000
  9. Ten Late News — 289,000
  10. Lateline (ABC1) — 232,000

Metro morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 389,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 324,000
  3. News Breakfast (ABC1) – 53,000 + 41,000 on News 24

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox 8 , TV 1, LifeStyle – (2.6%)
  2. Sky News, Fox Footy, Fox Classics — (1.5%)
  3. Disney Jnr, Discovery (1.4)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Family Guy  (Fox 8) – 103,000
  2. The Simpsons (Fox 8) – 101,000
  3. AFL: 360  (Fox Footy) – 86,000
  4. Modern Family (Fox 8) – 80,000
  5. The Simpsons (Fox 8) – 80,000

Tonight: If you are desperate on a weak night of viewing choices  and just lurv home renos, then The Block and House Rules appeal in a masochistic sort of way. Ten has The Biggest Loser and the best show of the night (and one of the highlights of the week) in the returning Offspring at 8.30pm. The program that follows at 9.30pm called The Beauty and The Beast is yet another contrived retelling of that old kids’ story (with all sorts of adult allegories). Next week Ten has Snow White meet the Beast — Beauty is spurned and hey presto we get Offspring?

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