Break out the Fanta at Pyrmont — Ten did better in the ratings last night thanks to the final episode of The Biggest Loser,  which had been postponed a week. As a result Ten pushed ahead of the ABC into third spot in metro markets overall, but failed to top ABC1 in the main channels. Seven won the night clearly in metro and regional markets with Nine a distant second without The Block. And in the regions, it was the now usual story with Ten falling far short of the ABC overall and the main channels.

The Biggest Loser’s performance exposed Ten’s ratings woes — The brief Winner Announcement did best with 1.374 million national/ 949,000 metro/ 425,000 regional viewers watching. TheFinal Weigh In had 1.239 million national / 860,000 metro / 379,000 regional viewers. But the lead up to the weigh in could only manage 967,000 national/ 650,000 metro / 317,000 regional viewers. Overall it averaged  1.170 million national/ 816,000 metro/ 354,000 regional viewers. That was of course a big improvement on the rest of the series, but the final was flicked to the first night of the Easter non-ratings break because it would have been swamped by the end ofThe Block on Nine and the finals of My Kitchen Rules on Seven. In the morning we said goodbye to Barrie Cassidy for a while on Insiders, which went out with solid figures of 425,000 viewers nationally. Insiders has easily seen off the challenge (weak as it has been) from The Bolt Report on Ten.

And an update on The Voice. Nine has been shouting the hiring of Kylie Minogue for The Voice to replace Delta Goodrem. Kylie was chosen after she was named as a judge on the UK version of The Voice on the BBC. Well, that only lasted one series. She quit last week saying she’s not available for the 2015 series because the program clashes with her Kiss Me Once tour. The audience for this year’s BBC series fell — including the final which lost 600,000 viewers (from the 2013 final) to 6.6 million viewers on average earlier this month. Kylie quit a week after the final was broadcast. So does that mean Kylie won’t be available for the 2015 series for Nine?

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (30.9%)
  2. Nine (26.6%)
  3. Ten (19.7%)
  4. ABC (17.5%)
  5. SBS (5.4%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (24.2%)
  2. Nine (18.0%)
  3. ABC 1 (13.2%)
  4. Ten (13.0%)
  5. SBS ONE (4.4%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. GO (5.8%)
  2. ONE (4.1%)
  3. 7mate (3.4%)
  4. 7TWO (3.3%)
  5. Gem (2.8%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News — 2.052 million
  2. Nine News — 1.776 million
  3. Sunday Night (Seven) — 1.772 million
  4. Downton Abbey (Seven) — 1.612 million
  5. My France With Manu (Seven) — 1.582 million
  6. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 1.568 million
  7. The Biggest Loser – Winner  (Ten) — 1.324 million
  8. ABC News — 1.308 million
  9. David Attenborough’s Wild India (Nine) — 1.299 million
  10. The Biggest Loser – Final Weigh in (Ten) — 1.239 million

Top metro programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.392 million
  2. Nine News — 1.231 million
  3. Sunday Night (Seven) — 1.122 million
  4. Downton Abbey (Seven) — 1.068 million
  5. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 1.064 million
  6. My France With Manu (Seven) — 1.061 million

Losers: Anyone who didn’t watch the Jack Irish telemovie Dead Point on ABC1. They missed great entertainment from a stellar cast.Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 1.392 million
  2. Nine News — 1.231 million
  3. Sunday Night (Seven) — 1.122 million
  4. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 1.064 million
  5. ABC News — 839,000
  6. Ten Eyewitness News — 434,000
  7. SBS World News — 143,000

Metro morning TV:

  1. Weekend Sunrise (Seven) – 336,000
  2. Insiders (ABC1, 197,000 + 102,000 on News 24) — 299,000
  3. Weekend Today (Nine) – 296,000
  4. Landline (ABC1) — 234,000
  5. Financial Review Sunday  (Nine) — 149,000
  6. The Bolt Report repeat (Ten) — 117,000
  7. The Bolt Report (Ten) — 116,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox Footy  (5.2%)
  2. Fox Sports  3 (3.4%)
  3. Fox Sports 2 (3.1%)
  4. Foxtel Movies Premiere (2.5%)
  5. TVHITS!, Fox Sports 1, Fox 8 (2.2%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. AFL: Fremantle v Essendon Fox Footy) – 235,000
  2. NRL: Auckland v Canterbury (Fox Sports 1) — 167,000
  3. EPL: Liverpool v Manchester City (Fox Sports 2) , AFL: Sydney v North Melbourne )Fox Footy) — 152,000
  4. The Lone Ranger (Foxtel Movies Premiere), The Real Housewives of Melbourne (Arena) — 108,000
  5. AFL: Ed and Derm’s Big Week in Footy (Fox Footy ) —  (Fox) – 100,000

*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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