Nine ‘s night — Seven was again kept in the hunt in metro markets by wins in Adelaide and especially Perth (where Seven with a 43.8 share beat Nine by 22.8 percentage points, one of the biggest wins in a market for some time). The Block was not well supported in Perth, but did very, very well elsewhere. Despite a solid showing by The Block, Seven won the regional markets (overall and the main channels) by a narrow margin from Nine.

Nine was strongest along the east coast, thanks especially to The Block, which averaged 2.430 million national/ 1.636 million metro/ 794,000 regional viewers, its best so far this season (which is coming to a close). Other popular programs such as House Husbands, The Time of Our Lives, Elementary seemed to be a bit weaker last night. MasterChef Australia, though, had a better night, averaging 1.139 million national/ 853,000 metro/ 286,000 regional viewers. Seven’s A Place to Call Home clearly won the battle of the family-friendly dramas at 8.30pm with 1.814 million national/ 1.130 million metro/ 684,000 regional viewers. Nine’s House Husbands had 1.326 million national/ 924,000 metro/ 402,000 regional viewers, and The Time Of  Our Lives  on ABC1 had 974,000 national/ 675,000 metro/ 301,000 regional viewers.

A total of 819,000 nationally watched (598,000 in metro markets and 221,000 in the regions) last night’s historic win by Andy Murray in the men’s title at Wimbledon — 418,000 watched on Seven’s main channel, 401,000 watched on 7TWO.

Repeats are the bane of TV viewers, so what are we to make of tonight, where they feature heavily on ABC1? Well, not quite repeats, more returns. So what do Kevin Rudd and Paul Barry have in common? Well, watch Four Corners for the first significant TV report on the Rudd return, and then stay with ABC1 for the first Media Watch with another returnee in the chair — host Paul Barry.

Ten also has a return to offer viewers tonight — it’s called Wanted — and it’s nothing but a rehash of that tired old format: America/Australia/Kenya etc Most Wanted. I think it will be a blast from the past for many viewers. It will have to be a pretty good program to top last night’s special episdoe of Sunday Night (1.929 million national/ 1.221 million metro/ 708,000 regional viewers) on the man widely suspected of the Judge Opas and other killings in the 1980s. It is really a search by Ten for its missing prime-time ratings.

Seven won last week both overall and the main channels in metro and regional markets. A total of 1.759 million people watched the record loss inflicted on the Wobblies by the Lions on Saturday night. Some 1.332 million watched across the national on Ten (862,000 in the five metro markets) and 427,000 on pay TV.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (30.5%)
  2. Seven (29.7%)
  3. Ten (19.8%)
  4. ABC (14.5%)
  5. SBS (5.5%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (23.1%)
  2. Seven (21.3%)
  3. Ten (14.1%)
  4. ABC1 (11.6%)
  5. SBS ONE (4.7%)

Top digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO (5.1%)
  2. GO (4.3%)
  3. Eleven (3.4%)
  4. 7mate (3.3%)
  5. Gem (3.1%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. The Block (Nine) — 2.430 million
  2. Nine News — 2.270 million
  3. Sunday Night (Seven) — 1.929 million
  4. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 1.868 million
  5. Seven News — 1.843 million
  6. A Place To Call Home (Seven) — 1.814 million
  7. Border Security (Seven) — 1.542 million
  8. Grand Designs (ABC1) — 1.458 million
  9. House Husbands (Nine) — 1.326 million
  10. Dream Build (ABC1) — 1.156 million

Top metro programs:

  1. The Block (Nine) — 1.636 million
  2. Nine News> — 1.498 million
  3. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 1.225 million
  4. Sunday Night (Seven) — 1.221 million
  5.  — 1.214 million
  6. A Place To Call Home (Seven) — 1.130 million

Losers: No one really. 

Metro news and current affairs:

  1.  Nine News — 1.498 million
  2. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 1.225 million
  3. Sunday Night (Seven) — 1.221 million
  4. Seven News — 1.214 million
  5. ABC1 News — 763,000
  6. Ten News — 498,000
  7. SBS ONE News — 197,000
  8. The Observer Effect (SBS ONE) — 93,000

Metro morning TV:

  1. Weekend Sunrise (Seven) – 366,000
  2. Weekend Today (Nine) — 311,000
  3. Insiders (ABC1, 178,000 News 24, 84,000) — 262,000
  4. Financial Review Sunday (Nine) — 220,000
  5. Landline (ABC1) — 191,000
  6. The Bolt Report (Ten) — 168,000
  7. Offsiders (ABC1) — 143,000
  8. Inside Business (ABC1) — 132,000
  9. Meet The Press repeat (Ten) — 132,000
  10. Meet The Press (Ten) — 112,000
  11. The Bolt Report repeat (Ten) — 93,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox Footy – 5.4%
  2. Fox Sports 1  – 3.4%
  3. Foxtel Movie – 3.3%
  4. Fox Sports 3 - 2.0%.
  5. TV 1, Fox 8 – 1.8%

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. AFL: Essendon v Port Adelaide  (Fox Footy) – 242,000
  2. NRL: Souths v Auckland (Fox Sports 1)  – 225,000
  3. AFL: Melbourne v Sydney  (Fox Footy) – 164,000
  4. NRL Canberra v North Qld  (Fox Sports 1) – 132,000
  5. AFL: Fremantle v St Kilda  (Fox) – 122,000

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