It was Nine’s night in metro and regional markets with another big rating number for The Block Glasshouse and the returning Big Brother. Seven’s The X Factor was its own worst enemy in promising something that really didn’t matter, but was really aimed at the returning Big Brother on Nine. Ten was fourth behind the ABC in both metro and regional markets. The Block had 2.198 million national/ 1.556 million metro/ 642,000 regional viewers.

Seven attempted to drag and hold viewers to The X Factor last night by claiming the votes would be revealed was weak in metro markets. 1.827 million national/ 1.174 million metro/ 653,000 regional viewers tuned in (regional viewers of course once again saved this fading program from another weak metro effort). Rather than the actual number of votes, viewers tuned in to watch and hear the votes were, wait for it — all the way down to 8 and 9, and those last two competitors had to sing off at the end, one was flicked, one stayed. But was this based on the number of votes? We only have the host’s assurance that it was, with no actual numbers released. But the “trick” was aimed at forcing core viewers (female) to stay on Seven while Big Brother started just after 8.30pm on Nine. The X Factor didn’t actually finish until close to 9pm.Women from 16-54 had Big Brother as the number two program after The Block, but Big Brother’s actual figures were very weak.

Big Brother’s start last night was a bit disconcerting , especially when host Sonia Kruger asked viewers to look for her baby bump by standing in profile to the camera  (it was sort of there under the swirling pink thing she was wearing). The program had 1.482 million national/ 1.067 million metro/ 415,000 regional viewers. Going on 2013’s experience, viewers will now drop away for weeks until the finale approaches. The metro audience for the launch last night was the lowest ever for the fading reality star. It averaged 1.309 million in 2013 and 1.634 million in 2012 when it started on Nine. (Note that last night’s national audience was much smaller than the 2012 metro audience) The first episodes of the series on Ten were of course much higher, even in the final year of 2008 when it was killed off because of poor ratings.

But the best return last night was Leigh Sales, Queen of 7.30. The program had 1.288 million national/ 874,000 metro/ 413,000 regional viewers. That was around 300,000 more than what the program has been rating under Sarah Ferguson and Chris Uhlmann. For example, 7.30 averaged 605,000 in metro markets last week. So let’s not talk about the stand-ins, good as they were. 7.30 in fact out rated the ABC News last night, which rarely happens. The story on the Muslim recruiter was top notch, done with sensitivity and wasn’t afraid to go down difficult routes. Showed up Sunday Night and 60 Minutes and their bigger budgets.

And in the morning, Today’s US jaunt (based in a New York studio and Karl’s interviewing Barbra Streisand, gee, that’s never been done before?) lifted its audience in metro markets to a whole 305,000. Sunrise won with 340,000.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (32.9%)
  2. Seven (29.1%)
  3. ABC (18.8%)
  4. Ten (15.1%)
  5. SBS (4.0%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (26.2%)
  2. Seven (20.1%)
  3. ABC (14.4%)
  4. Ten (10.1%)
  5. SBS ONE (3.1%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO (5.3%)
  2. GO (4.5%)
  3. 7mate (3.7%)
  4. ABC2 (2.9%)
  5. Eleven (2.8%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. The Block Glasshouse (Nine) – 2.198 million
  2. The X Factor (Seven) — 1.827 million
  3. Nine News — 1.755 million
  4. Seven News — 1.538 million
  5. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.498 million
  6. Big Brother (Nine) — 1.482 million
  7. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.288 million
  8. 7.30 (ABC) — 1.288 million
  9. Australian Story (ABC) — 1.283 million
  10. ABC News — 1.272 million

Top metro programs:

  1. The Block Glasshouse (Nine) – 1.556 million
  2. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.237 million
  3. Seven News — 1.210 million
  4. Nine News — 1.206 million
  5. Nine News 6.30 — 1.177 million
  6. The X Factor (Seven) — 1.174 million
  7. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 1.137 million
  8. Big Brother (Nine) — 1.067 million

Losers: People who watched The X Factor, waiting for the actual votes.Metro news and current affairs:

  1. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.237 million
  2. Seven News  – 1.210 million
  3. Nine News – 1.206 million
  4. Nine News 6.30 — 1.177 million
  5. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 1.137 million
  6. 7.30 (ABC) — 874,000
  7. Australian Story (ABC) — 872,000
  8. ABC News  – 828,000
  9. Four Corners (ABC) — 716,000
  10. Ten Eyewitness News — 675,000

Morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 340,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 305,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) — 152,000
  4. Mornings (Nine) — 140,000
  5. News Breakfast (ABC 72,000 + 45,000 on News 24) — 117,000
  6. Studio 1o (Ten) — 53,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox 8  (2.5%)
  2. TVHITS! (2.1%)
  3. LifeStyle  (1.8%)
  4. UKTV, Fox Footy (1.7%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. AFL: 360 (Fox Footy) – 101,000
  2. AFL: On The Couch (Fox Footy) – 95,000
  3. AFL: Open Mike (Fox Footy) – 85,000
  4. Modern Family (Fox8)  – 82,000
  5. Monday Night With Matty Johns (Fox Sports 1) – 68,000

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