A night of finales — Tractor Monkeys  (702,000 national/ 456,000 metro/ 246,000 regional viewers) on the ABC and Ten’s Wonderland (843,000 national/ 626,000 metro/ 217,000 regional viewers). And The Bachelor Australia (1.166 million national/ 870,000 metro/ 296,000 regional viewers)  is approaching its finale with a brace of turkeys left with their heads on this very public chopping block.

Seven’s SlideShow (1.208 million/ 757,000 metro/ 451,000 regional viewers) continued its slide and the hyped Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. also continued to lose viewers for Seven (1.079 million national/638,000 metro/ 441,000 regional viewers). Proportionately, both are more popular with regional viewers than in the metro markets.That leaves Seven’s The Blacklist as the only successful new program from the fast tracking race among the networks (The Sherlock Holmes knock-off, Elementary, is still solid in its second series for Ten).

Seven won the night in metro and regional markets in All People and also claimed a win in the 25-to-54 age bracket. Ten also claimed a win in metro 25-to-54s markets. Ten was third in metro markets, but assumed its now usual fourth spot in regional markets as its line-up again failed to really grab viewers. The Bachelor and Wonderland had solid viewing from younger viewers. But Wonderland remains the best idea wasted in Australian TV this year, which is a pity because it offers the option for a soap strip for Ten four or five nights a week. The benefits of taking a risk with Wonderland are there. Just look at the way Home and Away dominated again last night for Seven (1.552 million national/ 1.010 million metro/ 542,000 regional viewers).  Wonderland should be a soap for viewers in their late 20’s and 30’s. It was the third most watched program nationally and the 4th most watched in metro markets.

Ja’mie: Private School Girl had 801,000 national / 575,000 metro/ 226,000 regional viewers last night, which is about where it will finish its series. And while these figures are down on the opening on October 23 of more than a million national viewers, the ABC said this morning that so far the first three episodes had had more than 810,000 viewers in iView (the ABC’s TV catch up service). That makes it the most viewed program on iView since it started back in 2008, and adds more than 20% to the actual audience. Ja’mie: Private School Girl is also very strong on seven day viewing figures, adding 20% or more of its overnight audience. This means the actual viewing levels for the program could 405 to 50% higher than they seem from the overnights.

Wake Up (32,000 metro viewers, down from 36,000 on Tuesday) and Studio 10 (41,000, down from, 44,000) continued to bumble along, not worrying anyone in the morning. Nationally, Wake Up‘s audience fell to 46,000 from 55,000 the day before and Studio 10‘s audience dipped to 53,000 from 72,000.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (28.1%)
  2. Nine (25.7%)
  3. Ten (22.1%)
  4. ABC (18.3%)
  5. SBS (5.9%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (18.9%)
  2. Nine (17.4%)
  3. Ten  (14.9%)
  4. ABC1 (12.2%)
  5. SBS ONE (5.0%)

Top digital channels: 

  1. 7mate  (5.9%)
  2. GO, Eleven (4.4%)
  3. Gem (3.9%)
  4. 7TWO (3.3%)
  5. ABC 2 (3.2%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.727 million
  2. Nine News — 1.697 million
  3. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.552 million
  4. ABC News — 1.251 million
  5. Today Tonight (Seven) — 1.226 million
  6. SlideShow (Seven) — 1.208 million
  7. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.198 million
  8. The Bachelor Australia (Ten) — 1.166 million
  9. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Seven) — 1.079 million
  10. 7.30 (ABC1) — 1.031 million

Top metro programs:

  1. Nine News — 1.188 million
  2. Seven News — 1.163 million
  3. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.018 million
  4. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.010 million

Losers: Viewers of Wonderland — it promised, but didn’t deliver. Tractor Monkeys — just a weak a idea.Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News — 1.188 million
  2. Seven News — 1.163 million
  3. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.018 million
  4. Today Tonight (Seven) — 988,000
  5. ABC News  – 816,000
  6. 7.30 (ABC1) — 673,000
  7. Ten Eyewitness News — 652,000
  8. The Project (Ten) — 464,000
  9. SBS World News — 167,000
  10. Lateline (ABC1) — 157,000

Metro morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 349,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 337,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) — 157,000
  4. Mornings (Nine) — 142,000
  5. News Breakfast (ABC1 56,000 + 52,000 on News 24) — 108,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 41,000
  7. Wake Up (Ten) — 32,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. LifeStyle  (3.1%)
  2. Fox 8  (3.0%)
  3. TV1  (2.9%)
  4. Sky News (1.9%)
  5. UKTV  (1.8%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Paddock To Plate  (LifeStyle) – 82,000
  2. Grand Designs Australia (LifeStyle) – 67,000
  3. Seinfeld (TV1) – 74,000
  4. The Simpsons (Fox8) – 68,000
  5. Family Guy (Fox 8) – 67,000

*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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