Nine’s night, but it wasn’t universal — folks in Perth preferred Seven’s weak offerings to Hamish and Andy and The Block on Nine. But Nine also had another strong night in the regions, where it won solidly.

Seven though gave the impression of running dead, and Ten also couldn’t boast about last night — even though MasterChef lifted slightly to 1.086 million national/ 800,000 metro/ 286,000 regional viewers, Wanted at 8.30pm fell to 796,000 national/ 543,000 metro/ 256,000 regional viewers. That’s a 20% loss nationally from its debut audience last week of 999,000 national /649,000 metro/350.000 regional viewers. Wanted is boring and derivative.

But the biggest current flop is Red Widow on Seven at 9.30pm, who’s already sub-par performance become derisory — rating 579,000 national/ 349,000 metro/ 230,000 regional viewers, compared with the previous Monday night’s 660,000 national/428,000 metro/ 232,000 regional viewers. It is getting what the weak and stupid storyline deserves.

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Sally Fletcher turned up on Home and Away last night looking a bit lost. She needs taking in hand. The audience will, though it didn’t budge last night, with the program averaging around a normal Monday night’s figures with 1.497 million national/ 965,000 metro/ 532,000 regional viewers.

Viewer warning: Tonight on Nine from 9pm, two one-hour episodes of The Bible. There are 10 one-hour episodes — the series was produced for the History Channel in the US by husband and wife Roma Downey and Mark Burnett (yes, Survivor, The Apprentice and other bits of TV flotsam and jetsam). I bet that if the idea had come from a couple of new producers, it wouldn’t have made it to air, ever. There will be no warnings for viewers about historical/geological inaccuracies. There are many, as a long list of stupidities listed on Wikipedia attest. For example, for the Nativity, the three wise men are shown visiting the baby Jesus as a newborn, at the same time as the shepherds, where as the Bible suggests the wise men came about two years later. Where are Victor Mature or Charlton Heston when you need them for a biblical epic?

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (33.7%)
  2. Seven (25.8%)
  3. ABC (20.2%)
  4. Ten (16.2%)
  5. SBS (4.1%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (26.9%)
  2. Seven (18.5%)
  3. ABC1 (15.7%)
  4. Ten (10.9%)
  5. SBS ONE (3.4%)

Top digital channels: 

  1. 7 TWO (4.0%)
  2. GO (3.7%)
  3. 7mate (3.3%)
  4. Gem (3.1%)
  5. Eleven (2.9%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Hamish and Andy’s Asian Gap Year (Nine) — 2.135 million
  2. The Block (Nine) — 2.084 million
  3. Nine News — 2.029 million
  4. Seven News — 1.967 million
  5. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.497 million
  6. ABC1 News — 1.482 million
  7. Highway Patrol (Seven) — 1.390 million
  8. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.386 million
  9. Today Tonight (Seven) — 1.342 million
  10. Border Security International (Seven) — 1.330 million

Top metro programs:

  1. Hamish and Andy’s Asian Gap Year (Nine) — 1.490 million
  2. The Block (Nine) — 1.447 million
  3. Nine News — 1.423 million
  4. Seven News — 1.314 million
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.168 million
  6. Today Tonight (Seven) — 1.036 million
  7. ABC1 News — 1.008 million

Losers: Wanted on Ten, Red Widow on Seven. 

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News — 1.423 million
  2. Seven News — 1.314 million
  3. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.168 million
  4. Today Tonight (Seven) — 1.036 million
  5. ABC1 News — 1.008 million
  6. Australian Story (ABC 1) — 826,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC1) — 825,000
  8. Media Watch (ABC1) — 784,000
  9. Q&A (ABC1, 687,000, News 24, 86,000) — 773,000
  10. Four Corners (ABC1) — 764,000

Metro morning TV:

  1. Today(Nine) – 381,000
  2. Sunrise (Seven) – 362,000
  3. News Breakfast (ABC1, 51,000, News 24, 34,000) – 84,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox 8 – (3.1%)
  2. Fox Sports 1 – (2.9%)
  3. Foxtel movies premiere (2.5%)
  4. LifeStyle  – (2.1%)
  5. Fox Footy – (2.0%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. NRL: Nth Qld v Manly (Fox Sports 1)  – 231,000
  2. AFL: 360 (Fox Footy) — 128,000
  3. Monday Night With Matty Johns (Fox Sports 1) — 122,000
  4. AFL: Open Mike  (Fox Sports 1) – 122,000
  5. AFL: On The Couch (Fox Footy) – 106,000

*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.) Plus network reports.

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