A close night and Seven, Nine, Ten and the ABC can all be happy with the results. The first part of the Whitlam doco on ABC1 had 1.410 million/983,000 and 427,000 regional viewers and the Cliffy telemovie that followed hardly lost a viewer with 1.439 million national/927,000 metro/512,000 regional viewers. Both deserved more and were a reminder to the commercial networks of what good good storytelling is all about.

The Cliffy doco rated very well in Melbourne (as to be expected; he was a Victorian potato farmer and the 420,000 who watched there was the sixth-highest audience last night nationally in any market).

Nine’s The Block averaged 2.114 million national/1.476 million metro/638,000 regional viewers which was very solid. Seven’s A Place To Call Home averaged 1.8 million national/1.160 million metro/640,000 regional viewers and beat Nine’s House Husbands (1.450 million national/1.034 million metro/416,000 regional viewers). A Place To Call Home is really putting down roots among Seven’s regional audiences

Elementary on Ten had 1.021 million national/791,000 metro/330,000 regional viewers and the third-last ep of The Biggest Loser averaged 1.252 million national/905,000 metro/347,000 regional viewers (and thankfully is about to depart these screens for 2013). In regional areas, Seven won clearly from Nine (overall and main channels), with the ABC and ABC 1 third and Ten in 4th place, again.

Last week: Seven did surprisingly well, Nine hung in and Ten’s under-50’s audience was up 13% for the week. Seven won All People, Nine won the demos and had more viewers in the key 16 to 54 age group.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (301%)
  2. Nine (27.7%)
  3. Ten (20.4%)
  4. ABC (16.7%)
  5. SBS (5.0%)
Network main channels:
  1. Nine (22.6%)
  2. Seven 22.3?%)
  3. Ten (14.8%)
  4. ABC ONE (14.0%)
  5. SBS ONE (4.5%)
Top 5 digital channels: 
  1. 7mate (4.3%)
  2. 7TWO (3.5%)
  3. GO (3.1%)
  4. Eleven (3.0%)
  5. ONE (2.6%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News — 2.292 million
  2. Nine News — 2.146 million
  3. The Block (Nine) — 2.114 million
  4. 60 Minutes (Nine) – 2.068 million
  5. Sunday Night (Seven) — 1.972 million
  6. A Place To Call Home (Seven) — 1.8 million
  7. The Force (Seven) — 1.617 million
  8. Highway Patrol (Seven) — 1.499 million
  9. House Husbands (Nine) — 1.450 million
  10. Cliffy (ABC1) — 1.439 million

Top metro programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.560 million
  2. The Block (Nine) — 1.476 million
  3. Nine News — 1.429 million
  4. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 1.405 million
  5. Sunday Night (Seven) — 1.301 million
  6. A Place To Call Home (Seven) — 1.160 million
  7. The Force (Seven) — 1.034 million
  8. House Husbands (Nine) — 1.034 million

Losers: One of those nights when viewers generally could be satisfied. In the morning chats though, another weak effort by the News Ltd-produced Meet The Press at 10.30am on Ten (just 99,000 nationally) and the 30-minute cut-down repeat at 4.30pm (151,000). Easily beaten by Insiders (373,000 nationally, including News 24). Bolt at 172,000, Inside Business at 219,000, Offsiders a solid 236,000 and the AFR Sunday softie 261,000.Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 1.560 million
  2. Nine News — 1.429 million
  3. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 1.405 million
  4. A Current Affair (Nine) – 1.031 million
  5. Sunday Night (Seven) — 1.301 million
  6. 7pm ABC1 News — 845,000
  7. Ten News At Five — 572,000
  8. World News Australia (SBS ONE) — 188,000

Metro morning TV:

  1. Weekend Sunrise (Seven) – 348,000
  2. Weekend Today (Nine) – 294,000
  3. Insiders (ABC1) — 183,000 + 51,000 on News 24
  4. Landline (ABC1) — 186,000
  5. Financial Review Sunday (Nine) — 171,000
  6. News Breakfast (ABC1) – 56,000 + 34,000 on News 24
  7. Offsiders (ABC1) — 167,000
  8. Inside Business (ABC1) — 146,000
  9. The Bolt Report (Ten) — 132,000
  10. Meet The Press (Ten, 4.30 Rpt) — 111,000
  11. Meet The Press (Ten, 10.30am) — 77,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox Footy – 4.7%
  2. Fox Sports 1 — 2.9%
  3. Fox Sports 3 — 2.8%
  4. Fox 8 — 2.6%
  5. TV1 – 2.1%

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. AFL: Hawthorn v Gold Coast (F0x Footy) – 205,000
  2. NRL: Auckland v Newcastle  (Fox Sports 1) – 190,000
  3. AFL: North Melbourne v Adelaide  (Fox Sports 3) – 167,000
  4. AFL: Fremantle v Melbourne (Fox Footy) – 124,000
  5. TED  (Foxtel movie premiere) – 109,000

Tonight: News and current affairs on ABC1. Revenge on Seven. The Voice on Nine, and on Ten The Biggest Loser is coming to an end with the second-last episode. Ten debuts The Americans tonight at 8.30pm — the critics love it; is this the kiss of death as far as viewers are concerned?

*Data © OzTAM Pty Limited 2013. The data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) in whole or in part, without the prior written consent of OzTAM. (All shares on the basis of combined overnight 6pm to midnight all people.) and network reports.

Peter Fray

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