For such an average night of programming, the surprise was in the ratings reports for metro and regional markets this morning. TV viewing cleaved into two distinct groups. The metros favoured Nine as a clear winner over Seven, but in the regions, Seven won over Nine. Ten was third overall, with the ABC fourth in the metros. ABC was third in the main channels, with Ten fourth. In the regions Ten was just fourth behind the ABC.
Nine’s The Block Glasshouse was clearly the most watched program in all markets — it had 2.228 million national/ 1.548 million metro/ 681,000 regional viewers. Seven was well behind in the metros, but in the regions The X Factor‘s live performance episode had 670,000 viewers and Sunday Night 618,000, which helped haul Seven to the top of the lists last night. Solid figures for Castle from 9.45pm (868,000 national/ 536,000 metro/ 332,000 regional) helped keep Seven in the game and in front in regional areas. Insiders on ABC again dominated The Bolt Report — call it the Barrie Cassidy factor. ABC’s Landline continued its 2014 improvement with 380,000 national viewers yesterday.