Nine’s night in a close one, thanks again to The Block Glasshouse, which wraps up in an extravaganza on Sunday night which could mark the top of the property market, especially in Melbourne. It had 1.985 million national/ 1.390 million metro/ 595,000 regional viewers. Seven’s Dancing With The Stars lost viewers in its second outing of the new series last night from 7.30 to 10pm. A long haul for lovers of the tango or the two step cha cha, but its 1.322 million national/ 882,000 metro/ 440,000 regional viewers helped keep the network in second place. Ten fastracked NCIS, which did OK and as did the new spin off, NCIS New Orleans. NCIS had 1.143 million national viewers and the Norleans spin off had 943,000. Now to see how many viewers stay around from next week onwards. That helped Ten to a strong third in metro and regional markets with the ABC fourth. Nine and Ten shared the demos though as Dancing With The Stars skews old. Ten’s performance last night had far more class than Monday night’s confected, tack driven rubbish on The Project with the Bach Rat, or last Wednesday and Thursday’s episodes of  The Bachelor. It was a far more sustainable and appealing line up last night.

Seven News had a “good night” even though it didn’t beat Nine in the key Sydney and Melbourne markets. But Seven closed the gap, thanks to Dougal The Human Google on Million Dollar Minute, which beat Nine’s Hot Seat (with Mr Collingwood). Million Dollar Minute had 961,000 national, 599,000 metro viewers, and 362,000 regional viewers while Hot Seat had 755,000 national, 523,000 metro and 265,000 regional viewers, reversing the normal finishing order. Dougal Richardson left the program last night after winning a total of $535,000.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (30.2%)
  2. Seven (28.5%)
  3. Ten (21.2%)
  4. ABC (15.3%)
  5. SBS (4.8%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (21.3%)
  2. Seven (20.4%)
  3. Ten (15.4%)
  4. ABC (11.0%)
  5. SBS ONE (4.2%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. GO (4.6%)
  2. 7TWO (4.4%)
  3. Gem (4.3%)
  4. 7mate (3.7%)
  5. ONE (3.0%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. The Block Glasshouse (Nine) — 1.985 million
  2. Nine News — 1.420 million
  3. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.401 million
  4. Seven News — 1.341 million
  5. Dancing With The Stars (Seven) — 1.341 million
  6. NCIS (Ten) — 1.145 million
  7. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.098 million
  8. ABC News — 1.094 million
  9. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 1.032 million
  10. Million Dollar Minute (Seven) — 961,000

Top metro programs:

  1. The Block Glasshouse (Nine) — 1.390 million
  2. Seven News — 1.061 million
  3. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 1.032 million

Losers: Anyone who didn’t watch the ABC’s Changing Minds at 8.30 pm. What good TV making is all about. The resident ABC spending expert, Malcolm Turnbull and his clone, Peter Lewis, (the toe cutter) should be made to watch the series of programs and Friday’s two hour special, just to inform themselves how well the ABC spends our money covering subjects Mal’s and Pete’s mates in commercial TV won’t touch with a barge pole bigger than Tony Abbott’s ego. If you hadn’t noticed, the ABC is covering mental health on TV this week, and on radio as well. Your taxpayer dollars well spent. But where is the spending from commercial networks on this issue with the tax dollars forgone over the past four years of lower licence fees? It certainly hasn’t gone on employment or on new programming ideas. Keeping the profit line as fat as possible?Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 1.061 million
  2. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 1.032 million
  3. Nine News 982,000
  4. Nine News 6.30 — 935,000
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) – 1.031 million
  6. ABC News — 741,000
  7. The Project 7pm — 667,000
  8. 7.30 (ABC) – 646,000
  9. Ten Eyewitness News — 533,000
  10. Foreign Correspondent (ABC) — 502,000

Morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 345,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 298,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) — 136,000
  4. Mornings (Nine) — 133,000
  5. News Breakfast (ABC,  80,000 + 42,000 on News 24) — 122,000
  6. Studio 1o (Ten) — 42,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox 8  (2.8%)
  2. LifeStyle  (2.2%)
  3. TVHITS!  (2.0%)
  4. UKTV (1.6%)
  5. Discovery (1.6%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Location Location Location (LifeStyle) – 69,000
  2. Modern Family (Fox8) — 66,000
  3. Family Guy (Fox8) – 61,000
  4. The Young And The Restless (Arena) – 59,000
  5. Coronation Street (UKTV) – 55,000

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Peter Fray

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