Another nice hour of being entertained from 8.30pm on ABC1 with Upper Middle Bogan and It’s A Date.  Upper Middle Bogan averaged 1.196 million national/ 823,000 metro/376,000 regional viewers; It’s A Date, 1.085 million national/ 744,000 metro/ 341,000 regional viewers. Both highlights of the week, along with the hour and a bit on ABC1 on Wednesdays with Gruen Nation and The Hamster Decides. Asher Keddie and Stephen Curry were top rate in It’s A Date, although the ending was flat.

Catalyst’s special report on modern physics/astrophysics averaged 1.012 million national/ 683,000/ 329,000 regional viewers, which is you think about it, is a fantastic figure for a program that is considered ‘highbrow’. Fancy dark energy/matter, a ‘ fine tuned universe’ , string theory, quantum physics, and more speculative and real stuff interesting over a million viewers across the country. Last night’s episode wasn’t a serious version of Nine’s The Big Bang Theory either.

Nine won the night in the metros. Seven had another magician  Dynamo, it must be Thursday. He averaged 1.560 million national/ 968,000 metro/ 592,000 regional viewers. Nine’s veteran attempt at bogan culture (aka The Footy Show) averaged 1.2011 million national/866,000 metro/ 346,000 regional viewers for 90 minutes from 8.30pm and won the night. In fact it was the big win in Melbourne by Nine that got it home in metro markets after Seven had big wins in Adelaide and Perth. Nine also won Sydney. Seven’s line up proved more attractive to regional viewers and the network had a big win over Nine.

Home and Away (coastal bogan?) averaged 1.511 million national/ 938,000 metro/ 573,000 regional viewers.  Now that’s the regular winner.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (29.2%)
  2. Seven (26.8%)
  3. ABC (19.2%)
  4. Ten (18.8%)
  5. SBS (5.9%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (21.5%)
  2. Seven (20.0%)
  3. Ten (13.6%)
  4. ABC1 (13.4%)
  5. SBS ONE (5.2%)

Top digital channels: 

  1. GO (5.2%)
  2. ABC2, 7TWO, 7mate (3.4%)
  3. Eleven (3.1%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.766 million
  2. Nine News — 1.646 million
  3. Dynamo (Seven) — 1.560 million
  4. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.511 million
  5. ABC  News — 1.352 million
  6. The Footy Show (Nine) — 1.211 million
  7. Today Tonight (Seven) — 1.207 million
  8. Upper Middle Bogan (ABC 1) — 1.196 million
  9. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.138 million
  10. 7.30 (ABC1) — 1.092 million

Top metro programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.160 million
  2. Nine News — 1.159 million

Losers: Dare I mention Please Marry My Boy (800,000 national/ 491,000 metro/ 309,000 regional viewers) and Formal Wars (562,000 national/ 361,000 metro/ 201,000 regional viewers)…on Seven?Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 1.160 million
  2. Nine News — 1.159 million
  3. A Current Affair (Nine) — 961,000
  4. Today Tonight (Seven) — 941,000
  5. ABC News — 896,000
  6. 7.30 (ABC1) — 704,00
  7. Ten News — 605,000
  8. The Project (Ten) — 572,000
  9. Ten Late News — 211,000
  10. SBS World News — 196,000

Metro morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 360,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 304,000
  3. News Breakfast (ABC1, 54,000 + 36,000 on News 24) — 90,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. LifeStyle  (2.8%)
  2. TV1 (2.7%)
  3. Fox 8  (2.0%)
  4. Fox Classics, Sky News (1.8%)
  5. Disney Jr (1.6%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. AFL: 360 (Fox Footy) – 94,000
  2. The Simpsons (Fox 8 ) – 72,000
  3. Paul Murray Live (Sky News) – 63,000
  4. Selling Houses Australia (LifeStyle) –61,000
  5. Sterlo (Fox Sports 1) – 61,000

*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 and network reports.)

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