Nine’s night last night in metro in regional markets in the main channels was far more important than Seven’s win overall in metro and regional markets. Nine also won the major demographics. In fact it was probably the best Monday night Nine has had for some time given the strength of the opposition on Seven with its blockbuster My Kitchen Rules. But it must be said Nine did well because of very strong performances in the Sydney and Melbourne markets, while Seven had solid wins in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.

The Block had a strong night — its best weeknight so far with 2.113 million national/ 1.455 million metro/ 658,000 regional viewers. My Kitchen Rules had 2.461 million national/ 1.648 million metro/ 813,000 regional viewers. Love Child after The Block was the big difference for Nine. It averaged million 1.725 million national/ 1.139 million metro/ 586,000 regional viewers. Seven’s main support, Revenge, was weaker with 1.360 million million national/ 921,000 metro/ 439,000 regional viewers. And that was about the difference between the two on the main channels, aided by Nine’s better performance from 6pm to 7pm.

Ten was again weak its main channel share in metro markets was just 7.7% — better than Sunday night’s weak effort. It was a weaker 6.2% in regional markets. Of course the ABC was a strong third. Even after the Australian Story episode on Adam Boland, the former Seven and Ten morning TV executive which had 1.148 million national/755,000 metro/ 393,000 regional viewers. It was a long way from the program’s best efforts.

I started watching Q&A last night, but turned off when the first question was on Julia Gillard. Sheesh! That’s so 2013. Managed to catch the bit towards the end where of all people, Eddie Maguire and Lindsay Fox talked a bit of sense on refugees (especially Eddie). But my big highlight last night (apart from talking to the TV during Australian Story’s effort on Adam Boland at 8pm) was to watch RockWiz’s special on the music of Vanda and Young (Easybeats, Angels, Choirboys, John Paul Young and more) at 9.30pm on SBS ONE. I know it was St Kilda concert from last November’s series, but it was wonderful. And to have cancer survivor Doc Neeson from The Angels appear to sing the immortal Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again and listen to the audience yell out the equally immortal reply (if you don’t know it, you are the wrong age — young people ask your parents). And then Mark Gamble from the Choirboys to belt out Run To Paradise… heaven. Thanks Ms Zemiro, Monday nights are now more interesting.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (33.1%)
  2. Nine (32.1%)
  3. ABC (18.7%)
  4. Ten (12.4%)
  5. SBS (3.7%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (26.0%)
  2. Seven (25.1%)
  3. ABC1 (12.9%)
  4. Ten (7.7%)
  5. SBS ONE (3.2%)

Top digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO, 7mate  (4.0%)
  2. GO (3.5%)
  3. ABC2 (2.9%)
  4. Gem (2.6%)
  5. Eleven (2.4%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. My Kitchen Rules (Seven) – 2.461 million
  2. The Block (Nine) — 2.113 million
  3. Nine News — 1.844 million
  4. Love Child (Nine) — 1.725 million
  5. Seven News — 1.599 million
  6. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.566 million
  7. ABC News — 1.413 million
  8. Revenge (Seven) — 1.360 million
  9. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.331 million
  10. Nine News 6.30 — 1.181 million

Top metro programs:

  1. My Kitchen Rules (Seven) – 1.648 million
  2. The Block (Nine) — 1.455 million
  3. Nine News — 1.261 million
  4. Seven News — 1.232 million
  5. Nine News 6.30 — 1.182 million
  6. Love Child (Nine) — 1.139 million
  7. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.122 million

Losers:  Ten, again. Secrets and Lies at 8.30pm — 403,000 national/ 278,000 metro/  125,000 regional viewers. Dead, dead, dead, like the network. The Bold and The Beautiful did better at 4.30pm for Ten with 584,000 national/ 393,000 metro/ 191,000 regional viewers. That says it all about Ten at the moment.Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News — 1.261 million
  2. Seven News — 1.232 million
  3. Nine News 6.30 — 1.182 million
  4. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.122 million
  5. ABC News – 955,000
  6. Australian Story (ABC1) — 755,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC1) — 694,000
  8. Ten Eyewitness News — 671,000
  9. Q&A (ABC1, 520,000 + 111,000 on News 24) — 631,000
  10. Media Watch  (ABC1) — 611,000

Metro morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 325,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 313,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) — 175,000
  4. Mornings (Nine) —- 122,000
  5. News Breakfast (ABC1, 69,000 + 31,000 on News 24) — 100,000
  6. Wake Up (Ten) — 38,000
  7. Studio 10 (Ten) — 34,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox Sports 1 (3.2%)
  2. TVHITS!  (2.4%)
  3. Fox 8  (2.2%)
  4. A&E (2.1%)
  5. Fox Sports 2  (2.0%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. NRL: Melbourne v Newcastle (Fox Sports 1) – 224,000
  2. NRL: Monday Nights With Matty Johns (Fox Sports 1) – 152,000
  3. AFL: 350 (Fox Footy) – 66,000
  4. AFL: On The Couch (Fox Footy) – 65,000
  5. AFL: Open Mike (Fox Footy) – 78,000

*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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