A close night as Nine’s Love Child was adopted by Australian viewers last night, adding to another solid performance by The Block. Without My Kitchen Rules and another very strong outing last night, Seven would have been well and truly beaten as Revenge sank sharply after My Kitchen Rules. Seven News was weak in metro markets from 6-7 pm behind Nine News, and A Current Affair had more viewers at 7pm than Home and Away. On the numbers Seven was narrowly in front in metro markets from Nine (it was in fact a near dead heat). Seven was a slightly bigger winner in regional markets. Ten’s main channel was beaten in metro and regional markets by ABC 1 — the Australian viewing public isn’t really interested in the Games (there was still solid viewing on ONE).

Love Child had 1.963 million national/ 1.354 million metro/ 609,000 regional viewers. The Block had 1.730 million national/1.194 million metro/ 536,000 regional viewers. My Kitchen Rules jumped to 2.824 million metro/1.925 million metro/ 899,000 regional viewers. The jump in My Kitchen Rules viewers just kept Seven in front in metro markets. Without it, Nine probably would have scored a morale boosting win in All People. As it was Love Child repaid the heavy promotion (and the Packed To The Rafters boost from Jessica Marais). It was a very solid start, let’s see how it goes in the next couple of weeks as Nine’s Australian dramas have had an unfortunate habit of dying early. Let’s hope this is an exception.

Nine News had solid wins over Seven News in Sydney, Melbourne and a smaller victory in Brisbane. Seven’s 6 pm weakness in Sydney and Melbourne hasn’t gone away so far in 2014

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (30.5%)
  2. Nine (30.4%)
  3. Ten (18.2%)
  4. ABC (17.6%)
  5. SBS (3.4%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (24.9%)
  2. Nine (24.7%)
  3. ABC1 (13.1%)
  4. Ten (9.0%)
  5. SBS ONE (2.9%)

Top digital channels: 

  1. ONE (6.4%)
  2. GO (3.2%)
  3. 7TWO, 7mate, Eleven (2.8%)
  4. Gem (2.4%)
  5. ABC2 (2.2%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. My Kitchen Rules (Seven) – 2.824 million
  2. Love Child (Nine) — 1.963 million
  3. The Block (Nine) — 1.730 million
  4. Seven News — 1.730 million
  5. Nine News — 1.660 million
  6. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.513 million
  7. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.324 million
  8. ABC News — 1.286 million
  9. Revenge (Seven) — 1.272 million
  10. Nine News 6.30 — 1.135 million
  11. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.116 million

Top metro programs:

  1. My Kitchen Rules (Seven) – 1.925 million
  2. Love Child (Nine) — 1.354 million
  3. The Block (Nine) — 1.198 million
  4. Nine News — 1.162 million
  5. Nine News 6.30 — 1.134 million
  6. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.132 million
  7. Seven News — 1.121 million
  8. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 1.117 million

Losers:  Ten. Not a good look last night, for all the dull glitter of the snow and ice stuff from Sochi.Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News — 1.162 million
  2. Nine News 6.30 — 1.134 million
  3. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.132 million
  4. Seven News — 1.121 million
  5. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 1.117 million
  6. ABC News — 875,000
  7. Four Corners (ABC1) — 717,000
  8. Australian Story (ABC1) – 629,000
  9. Media Watch (ABC1) — 629,000
  10. 7.30 (ABC1) — 625,000
  11. Ten Eyewitness News — 619,000

Metro morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 341,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 299,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) — 159,000
  4. News Breakfast (ABC 1, 59,000 + 46,000 on News 24) — 105,000
  5. Mornings (Nine) — 104,000
  6. Wake Up (Ten) — 45,000
  7. Studio 10 (Ten) — 36,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox 8 (3.0%)
  2. TV1  (2.3%)
  3. LifeStyle  (2.0%)
  4. UKTV  (1.8%)
  5. Fox Classics  (1.7%)

Top pay TV programs:

  1. AFL: NAB Challenge (Fox Footy) — 111,000
  2. The Walking Dead (FX) – 71,000
  3. Coronation Street (UKTV) – 58,000
  4. The Simpsons (Fox 8) – 56,000
  5. Angry Birds Toons (Fox 8), Jessie (Disney) – 51,000

*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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