Nine’s night in metro and regional markets thanks to room reveals on The Block and then the 60 Minutes special on the terrible Daniel Morcombe case in Queensland. The Block had 2.222 million national/ 1.571 million metro/ 651,000 regional viewers. 60 Minutes had 2.090 million national/ 1.477 million metro/ 613,000 regional viewers.

Seven’s My Kitchen Rules tasted defeat for a second time in a week. Seven had more viewers overall, but Nine won the main channels and the main demos in a solid performance. That result was self-inflicted as were low figures for Sunday Night and Downton Abbey. That’s because My Kitchen Rules and Downton Abbey were not broadcast in Adelaide due to coverage of the Port Adelaide-Carlton AFL game. Sunday Night was broadcast in Adelaide at 10:00pm following the AFL. Sunday Night had 69,000 viewers in Adelaide, the AFL game averaged 170,000 and a further 270,000 on Fox Footy on Pay TV.

Ten shuffled into third spot ahead of the ABC simply because the Formula One Grand Prix broadcast finished around 7pm. It had 1.662 million national viewers and 1.337 million metro viewers, plus 325,000 in the regions. Clearly fast cars don’t fascinate regional viewers. Having an Australian driver in the top two or three for much of the race helped, even if he was flicked on a rule infringement after the race ended.Ten’s repeat movie Thor also rated around 200,000 – 300,000 more viewers than the shunted So You Think You Can Dance Australia.

The Bolt Report was preempted by the start of the Grand Prix telecast which started with an hour long tribute to Australian driver Mark Webber. Seeing there were two state elections to cover, you’d think Ten would have found time or a channel to broadcast Bolt. But it couldn’t or wasn’t interested. If a network is serious about news and current affairs, it should have pushed that back an hour or half hour and given Bolt a program yesterday. Time for Peter Meakin to make his mark in this policy area. The ABC’s Insiders had a total of 447,000 national viewers on ABC1 and News 24 for the live broadcast. That was up around 50,000 or so because of the elections. Ten’s 5pm news was preempted in Sydney and Melbourne by the Grand Prix.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (33.0%)
  2. Nine (31.4%)
  3. Ten (16.9%)
  4. ABC (14.0%)
  5. SBS (4.7%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (26.1%)
  2. Seven (25.3%)
  3. Ten (12.3%)
  4. ABC1 (10.1%)
  5. SBS ONE (3.7%)

Top 5 digital channels:

  1. 7TWO (4.4%)
  2. 7mate (3.8%)
  3. GO (3.1%)
  4. ONE (2.4%)
  5. Gem (2.3%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. The Block (Nine) — 2.222 million
  2. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 2.090 million
  3. My Kitchen Rules (Seven) – 2.050 million
  4. Seven News — 1.789 million
  5. Nine News — 1.715 million
  6. Sunday Night (Seven) — 1.673 million
  7. Formula One (Ten) — 1.662 million
  8. Fat Tony (Nine) — 1.610 million
  9. Downton Abbey (Seven) — 1.491 million
  10. ABC News — 1.404 million

Top metro programs:

  1. The Block (Nine) — 1.571 million
  2. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 1.477 million
  3. Formula One (Ten) — 1.347 million
  4. My Kitchen Rules (Seven) — 1.316 million
  5. Seven News — 1.182 million
  6. Nine News — 1.176 million
  7. Fat Tony (Nine) — 1.118 million
  8. Sunday Night (Seven) — 1.124 million (1.055 million, + 69,000 in Adelaide at 10 pm)

Losers: Viewers of The Bolt Report. He would have loved the Tasmanian election result, and not the South Australian outcome.Metro news and current affairs:

  1. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 1.477 million
  2. Seven News — 1.182 million
  3. Nine News — 1.176 million
  4. Sunday Night (Seven) — 1.124 million (1.055 million, + 69,000 in Adelaide at 10 pm)
  5. ABC News  – 941,000
  6. Ten Eyewitness News — 247,000*
  7. SBS World News — 204,000

* preempted in Sydney and Melbourne

Metro morning TV:

  1. Weekend Sunrise (Seven) – 353,00
  2. Weekend Today (Nine) – 309,000
  3. Insiders (ABC1, 194,000, 83,000 on News 24) — 277,000
  4. Landline (ABC1) — 240,000
  5. Offsiders (ABC!) –135,000
  6. Financial Review Sunday (Nine) — 105,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox Footy (3.9%)
  2. Fox Sports 1 (2.4%)
  3. TVHITS!  (2.2%)
  4. Fox 8  (2.1%)
  5. LifeStyle  (1.7%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. AFL: Carlton v Port Adelaide (Fox Footy) – 270,000
  2. NRL: Newcastle v Canberra (Fox Sports 1) – 172,000
  3. AFL: Pre-Game Show (Fox Footy) – 106,000
  4. Top Gear (BBC Knowledge) – 100,000
  5. Real Housewives of Melbourne (Arena) – 85,000

*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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