A close night now that Seven’s The X Factor has gone for the year. As a result Seven put an episode of Dancing With The Stars into last night, and it backs up again tomorrow night. It was fairly lacklustre, as was Australia’s Got Talent, which picked up more than 200,000 viewers for its final performances. It is not a breakthrough program — it managed 1.579 million national/ 1.074 million metro/ 505,000 regional viewers while Dancing With The Stars had 1.546 million national/ 1.042 million metro/ 506,000 regional viewers). Nine did better in the demos than Seven in metro markets, but in regional markets Seven won by a country kilometre, while the ABC easily beat Ten into third.

Sunday Night and 60 Minutes were OK — not great, not bad. Just average. The interesting program was the JFK: The Smoking Gun special on SBS ONE  with 776,000 national/ 559,000 metro/ 217,000 regional viewers. The silliness of the title was lost on the program’s producers and SBS programmers. Investigating the JFK assassination is a form of cultural archaeology. Ten started a new program called Have You Been Paying Attention at 7pm. With 445,000 national/ 301,000 metro/ 144,000 regional viewers,  not too many people answered the title’s question.

Ten’s new Wake Up breakfast program started this morning, as did Studio 10. The latter looks like a clone of the US program The View with a bloke added to the cast. Nine tried to clone The View a few years ago and failed dismally. This one looks headed down that path. Ten will stay with Wake Up, but I can’t see how it is going to really appeal to other markets being so obviously Sydney. But it’s light, bright and inoffensive as well as offering the chance to win a million dollars, while Seven’s Sunrise and Nine’s Today (new set this morning) are also flashing cash. If you won big from Ten’s cash competition, you’d want immediate clearance from the bank, to be sure of the money being there. But give both programs a few weeks to settle down.Wake Up is less abrasive and milder than last year’s effort from Ten that was called Breakfast. The news is going to be a problem for Ten.

Seven won last week, comfortably in both metro and regional areas and the demos. This week will be much closer.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (30.9%)
  2. Nine (28.2%)
  3. Ten (17.0%)
  4. ABC (15.7%)
  5. SBS (8.1%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (23.1%)
  2. Nine (20.4%)
  3. ABC1 (11.5%)
  4. Ten (11.4%)
  5. SBS ONE (7.2%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. GO  (5.1%)
  2. 7mate (4.6%)
  3. 7TWO (3.2%)
  4. Eleven (3.1%)
  5. Gem (2.7%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.685 million
  2. Australia’s Got Talent (Nine) — 1.579 million
  3. Sunday Night (Seven) — 1.562 million
  4. Dancing With The Stars (Seven) — 1.1546 million
  5. Nine News — 1.436 million
  6. Ocean Predator (ABC1) — 1.382 million
  7. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 1.382 million
  8. ABC News — 1.355 million
  9. Bones (Seven) — 942,000
  10. Elementary (Ten) — 816,000

Top metro programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.103 million
  2. Australia’s Got Talent (Nine) — 1.074 million
  3. Dancing With The Stars (Seven) — 1.042 million
  4. Nine News — 1.055 million

Losers:  No one really, but not a night to file away in your memory — except for the fact that it is possible to drink from the JFK assassination well and get viewers.Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 1.103 million
  2. Nine News — 1.055 million
  3. Sunday Night (Seven) – 995,000
  4. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 934,000
  5. ABC News — 886,000
  6. Ten News —  407,000
  7. SBS World News– 203,000

Metro morning TV:

  1. Weekend Sunrise (Seven) – 318,000
  2. Insiders (ABC1, 172,000, 101,000 on News24) — 273,000
  3. Weekend Today (Nine) — 247,000
  4. Landline (ABC1) — 225,000
  5. Financial Review Sunday  (Nine) – 156,000
  6. The Bolt Report (Ten) — 134,000
  7. Inside Business  (ABC1) – 106,000
  8. Offsiders (ABC1) — 95,000
  9. Meet The Press (Ten) — 71,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. TV1  (3.0%)
  2. Foxtel Movies (2.9%)
  3. Fox 8  (2.7%)
  4. Fox Sports 1 (2.5%)
  5. Fox Sports 2 (2.1%

Top pay TV programs:

  1. Django Unchained (Foxtel Movies) – 94,000
  2. The Simpsons (Fox 8) –  78,000
  3. The Simpsons (Fox 8) – 74,000
  4. A League: Brisbane v. Melbourne (Fox Sports 1) – 69,000
  5. Gold, HSBC Champions (Fox Sports 2) , The Simpsons (Fox 8) – 66,000

*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.

Peter Fray

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