A close night with Seven and Nine capable of claiming a win. The Block from 6.30pm, without the competition of House Rules, did very well (2.370 million national/ 1.628 million metro/ 742,000 regional). It was the most watched program across the country last night.

Seven’s A Place To Call Home won the battle of the domestic drama last night with 1.972 million national/ 1.283 million metro/ 689,000 regional viewers. Nine’s H0use Husbands had 1.475 million national/ 1.011 million metro/ 364,000 regional viewers. The ABC’s newbie, The Time of Our Lives, averaged 1.134 million national/ 747,000 metro/ 387,000 regional viewers.

As a first up episode and story setter, it was OK. The next two episodes will be crucial in winning viewer interest and loyalty. TheJustine Clarke, Shane Jacobson and Stephen Curry characters are the key. They are already well defined. The great thing about theses programs is that they are all Australian, tackling the same subject in different, interesting ways. It beat House Husbands in regional markets, which will be encouraging. Now to flesh out the characters and story lines (next Sunday, an affair and wronged wife!).

Ten’s import, Elementary, did well at 8.30pm with 1.121 million national/ 851,000 metro/ 270,000 regional viewers. It’s an American production and won’t get anywhere near the figures the programs on Seven and Nine got last night because it is aimed at a different demographic. Ten’s Offspring (Wednesday nights) is in the same vein as House Husbands, A Place To Call Home and The Times Of Our Lives and are all solid, interesting productions with some great acting. Ten’s MasterChef started a “Kids’ Week” last night with 1.226 million national/ 890,000 metro/ 336,000 regional viewers. That was only OK.

Seven starts The Daily Edition at 3pm today for 90 minutes and then goes to an hour of news from 4.30 pm. It goes up against the hour-long Nine News Now from 3pm in metro and regional markets.

Weekend: Ten’s Reef Doctors is a one-episode flop – now consigned to 9.30 pm Friday nights, which is as bad as it gets, from the 6.30pm slot a week ago. That episode was repeated at 8.15pm on Saturday night everywhere bar Melbourne. It wasn’t watched.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (32.0%)
  2. Nine (30.5%)
  3. Ten (19.3%)
  4. ABC (14.3%)
  5. SBS (3.8%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (24.3%)
  2. Seven (24.2%)
  3. Ten (14.2%)
  4. ABC1 (11.0%)
  5. SBS ONE (3.2%)

Top five digital channels: 

  1. 7mate  (4.4%)
  2. GO (3.9%)
  3. 7TWO (3.4%)
  4. Eleven (3.1%)
  5. Gem (2.3%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. The Block (Nine)  – 2.370 million
  2. Nine News– 2.210 million
  3. Seven News — 2.155 million
  4. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 2.155 million
  5. Sunday Night (Seven) – 2.005 million
  6. A Place To Call Home (Seven) — 1.972 million
  7. The Force (Seven) — 1.905 million
  8. Border Security (Seven) — 1.658 million
  9. House Husbands (Nine) — 1.475 million
  10. Grand Designs (ABC1) — 1.429 million

Top metro programs:

  1. The Block (Nine)  –1.628 million
  2. Seven News — 1.478 million
  3. Nine News — 1.456 million
  4. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 1.383 million
  5. Sunday Night (Seven) — 1.331 million
  6. A Place To Call Home (Seven) — 1.283 million
  7. The Force (Seven) — 1.283 million
  8. Border Security (Seven) — 1.121 million
  9. House Husbands (Nine) — 1.011 million>

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News – 1.478 million
  2. Nine News  – 1.456 million
  3. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 1.383 million
  4. Sunday Night (Seven) — 1.331 million
  5. ABC1 News — 680,000
  6. Ten News — 568,000
  7. SBS ONE News – 176,000
  8. The Observer Effect (SBS ONE) — 92,000

 

Metro morning TV:

  1. Weekend Sunrise (Seven) – 339,000
  2. Weekend Today (Nine) – 275,000
  3. Insiders (ABC1, News 24) –263,000 (176,000 + 87,000)
  4. Landline  (ABC1) – 196,000
  5. Financial Review Sunday (Nine) — 180,000
  6. The Bolt Report (Ten) — 150,000
  7. Meet The Press Repeat (Ten, 4.30pm) — 146,000
  8. Offsiders (ABC1) — 132,000
  9. Inside Business (ABC1) — 106,000
  10. Meet The Press (Ten, 10.30am) — 97,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox Footy – 5.0%
  2. Fox Sports 1– 4.0%
  3. TV1– 2.5%
  4. Fox Sports 2  – 2.4%.
  5. Fox 8  – 2.1%

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. AFL: Collingwood v Footscray  (Fox Footy) – 238,000
  2. NRL: Easts v Auckland  (Fox Sports 1) – 233,000
  3. NRL: Souths v Gold Coast (Fox Sports 1) – 203,000
  4. AFL: Before the Bounce (Fox Footy) – 197,000
  5. AFL: GWS v Port Adelaide (Fox Footy) – 132,000

Tonight: The grand final of The Voice for two hours from 7.30pm on Nine.

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