Seven’s night in metro and regional markets and gee it was boring. Home and Away was the most watched post-7pm program with (1.457 million national/ 945,000 metro/ 512,000 regional viewers) and had more viewers than the appalling Beauty and The Geek Australia (1.278 million national/ 846,000 metro/ 432,000 regional viewers). That ensured Seven won the night in All People and in the demos. In fact, Home and Away stood out as a beacon of good TV last night on Seven.

Home and Away easily accounted for A Current Affair (862,000 metro viewers for Nine) and ABC News (828,000 metro viewers). Nationally the ABC News had more viewers because ACA isn’t broadcast at the same time in all markets, even at the 7pm start time. Ten had a reasonable night but was again noticeably weak in Sydney, its home market, where  the ABC easily beat it into third spot. In the morning it had another bad set of numbers for Wake Up (35,000 metro viewers, up from 32,000 the day before) and Studio 10 (down to 34,000 from 41,000 the day before). The paucity of these figures was underlined by the performance of ABC’s News Breakfast which whipped Ten’s programs, with the News 24 simulcast averaging 44,000 — more than either Studio 10 or Wake Up, with 67,000 viewers on ABC1.

Ten revealed this morning that Wake Up and Studio 10 will be on air through the summer break starting on December 1 going through to ratings starts again and ending in early February next year. At least Ten management will be giving both programs a chance to gain traction. The Project >will keep going, as will Are You Paying Attention which was put into Sunday nights and deserves more attention from the network.

Exhumed, the new music show inspired by James Valentine of ABC Local Radio in Sydney did OK first night out with 783,000 national/ 514,000 metro/ 269,000 regional viewers at 8pm. It was third in metro markets in front of Ten’s Jamie Oliver food show. Top Gear on Nine just beat it.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (30.6%)
  2. Nine (28.4%)
  3. ABC (17.7%)
  4.  Ten (17.0%)
  5. SBS (6.4%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (22.7%)
  2. Nine (19.1%)
  3. Ten (11.7%)
  4. ABC1 (11.2%)
  5. SBS ONE (5.4%)

Top digital channels: 

  1. GO (5.5%)
  2. 7TWO (4.3%)
  3. ABC2, Gem (3.7%)
  4. Eleven (3.6%)
  5. 7mate (3.5%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Nine News — 1.641 million
  2. Seven News —  1.578 million
  3. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.457 million
  4. Beauty And The Geek Australia (Seven) – 1.278 million
  5. How I Met Your Mother (Seven) — 1.241 million
  6. ABC News — 1.206 million
  7. Today Tonight (Seven) — 1.183 million
  8. 7.30 (ABC1) — 1.063 million
  9. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.052 million
  10. Hot Seat (Nine) — 999,000

Losers:  Anyone who watched Seven  at 8.30pm last night.Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News — 1.140 million
  2. Seven News —  1.055 million
  3. Today Tonight (Seven) — 955,000
  4. A Current Affair (Nine) — 862,000
  5. ABC News — 828,000
  6. 7.30 (ABC1) — 705,000
  7. Ten Eyewitness News — 571,000
  8. The Project (Ten) — 466,000
  9. Revealed (Ten) — 265,000
  10. Lateline (ABC1) — 161,000

Metro morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 360,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 351,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) — 180,000
  4. Mornings (Nine) — 134,000
  5. News Breakfast (ABC1 67,000 + 48,000 on News24) — 117,000
  6. Wake Up (Ten) — 35,000
  7. Studio 10 (Ten) — 32,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. LifeStyle (3.6%)
  2. TV1 (3.0%)
  3. Fox 8 (2.1%)
  4. A&E (1.9%)
  5. Fox Classics (1.8%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Grand Designs Australia (LifeStyle) – 142,000
  2. Storage Wars: Texas  (A&E) – 73,000
  3. Storage Wars: Canada (A&E) – 72,000
  4. Grand Designs Revisited (LifeStyle) – 66,000
  5. Coronation Street (UKTV) – 54,000

*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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