Nine’s night in metro and regional markets (where the gap between Nine and Seven was much closer) thanks to the final of Australia’s Got Talent and 60 Minutes. Apart from that it was a night to forget. Ten did OK, beating ABC1 in metro markets in a manner that took you back to early 2012, before Ten’s ratings started sliding. But in regional markets ABC1 beat Ten’s main channel by a convincing margin (even though Ten had more viewers overall thanks to higher figures for its digital channels, ONE and Eleven).

Australia’s Got Talent had million 1.740 million national/ 1.391 million metro/ 349,000 regional viewers. Confusion about coding the program for ratings in regional markets seems to have left us with odd final national figures (as Nine and WIN did with Big Brother last Wednesday night). Nine will have to resolve this later today. Still, whatever the final figure, its a shadow of the figures Seven got for The X Factor (but more than Seven got for its final series of Australia’s Got Talent in 2012).  60 Minutes had 1.948 million national/ 1.279 million metro/ 669,000 regional viewers. Seven’s Dancing With The Stars had 1.620 million national/ 1.075 million metro/ 545,000 regional viewers.

Seven won last week in All People, Nine did well in the demos because of the end of Big Brother. Ten was solid (except in the mornings), but still ran a narrow fourth behind the ABC in All People. This Wednesday sees two of the disappointments of the year end their seasons — ABC1’s Tractor Monkeys and Wonderland which should have become the modern version of Number 96, but Ten didn’t have the sense to do that. For the record, Ten’s Wake Up averaged 65,000 national/ 44,000 metro/ 21,000 regional viewers in its first week on air (and recovered a little on Friday). Studio 10, which follows, averaged 67,000 national/ 48,000 metro/ 19,000 regional viewers, and also recovered a bit on Friday.

Good news for Seven: Downton Abbey ended in the UK early this morning our time and ITV has ordered a fifth season which will start shooting around March for screening in the UK in about 10 months time. The fourth season goes to air in Australia early in 2014 on Seven. It has been rating strongly — averaging a huge 11.4 million viewers an episode so far. That’s made it the most-watched drama in the UK this year.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (31.6%)
  2. Seven (29.2%)
  3. Ten (18.4%)
  4. ABC (13.7%)
  5. SBS (7.3%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (24.8%)
  2. Seven (20.3%)
  3. Ten (12.1%)
  4. ABC 1 (9.9%)
  5. SBS ONE (6.5%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7mate (5.2%)
  2. GO (3.7%)
  3. 7TWO, Eleven (3.6%)
  4. Gem (3.0%)
  5. ONE (2.6%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 1.948 million
  2. Seven News — 1.751 million
  3. Australia’s Got Talent  (Nine) — 1.740 million
  4. Dancing With The Stars (Seven) — 1.620 million
  5. Nine News– 1.574 million
  6. Australia’s Got Talent Winner (Nine) — 1.391 million
  7. ABC News — 1.251 million
  8. Reptilian Battleground (ABC1) — 971,000
  9. Elementary (Ten) — 937,000
  10. The Tourist (Nine) — 901,000

Top metro programs:

  1. Australia’s Got Talent — Winner Announced (Nine) — 1.391 million
  2. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 1.279 million
  3. Seven News — 1.166 million
  4. Australia’s Got Talent Grand Final (Nine) — 1.166 million
  5. Nine News — 1.106 million
  6. Dancing With The Stars (Seven) — 1.075 million

Losers:  A weak, disappointing night. The ABC had another bit of animal eating animal porn on at 7.30pm in Reptilian Battleground. We’ve seen all this before, so why again?Metro news and current affairs:

  1. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 1.279 million
  2. Seven News — 1.166 million
  3. Nine News — 1.106 million
  4. ABC News — 809,000
  5. Ten Eye Witness News — 496,000
  6. SBS World News– 218,000

Metro morning TV:

  1. Weekend Sunrise (Seven) – 325,000
  2. Weekend Today (Nine) – 277,000
  3. Insiders (ABC1, 173,000, 102,000 on News24) — 275,000
  4. Landline (ABC1) — 222,000
  5. Financial Review Sunday (Nine) — 187,000
  6. The Bolt Report (Ten) — 157,000
  7. Offsiders (ABC1) — 142,000
  8. Inside Business (ABC1) — 121,000
  9. Meet The Press (Ten) – 96,000

Top pay TV channels:

  1. TV1 (2.9%)
  2. Fox 8, Foxtel Movies (2.7%)
  3. Fox Sports1 (2.3%)
  4. LifeStyle (2.2%)
  5. A&E  (2.1%)

Top pay TV programs:

  1. Modern Family (Fox 8 ) – 89,000
  2. A League: Central Coast v Brisbane (Fox Sports 1) — 78,000
  3. The Simpsons, The Crazy Ones (Fox 8) – 70,000
  4. Seinfeld  (TV1 ) – 69,000
  5. Futurama (Fox 8) – 68,000

*Data © OzTAM Pty Ltd 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).