With the Grand Final of The X Factor ending last night, Seven won nationally in regional and metro markets both in Total People and in the demos. The winner announcement had 2.1 million national/ 1.428 million metro/ 672,000 regional viewers. The rest of the Grand Final was watched by 2.061 million national/ 1.378 million metro/ 683,000 regional viewers. They were two of the three times the program’s national audience topped two million viewers this season.

The news though for Ten wasn’t good. Party Tricks at 8.30pm lost more viewers last night and is a shallow imitation of what the first episode hinted at. It had just 536,000 national/ 407,000 metro/ 129,000 regional viewers. Ten flogged The Bachelor Love Rat story on The Project, which had 1.286 million national/1.002 million metro/284,000 regional viewers. That’s down nearly 300,000 from the first Love Rat interview a couple of weeks ago.

In fact that that rather loud howling sound last night after 7pm on the Ten Network was The Project and host Carrie Bickmore whipping The Bachelor love rat story one last time (to help the network boost its lacklustre ratings one more time, as it did a fortnight ago). Ms Bickmore flew to Thailand for a whole four hours to interview Mr Rat, Blake Garvey, who must be under contract which makes him talk gibberish to Bickmore for ratings purposes. If The Project belts this poor animal one more time, they should be reported to the authorities for cruelty to dumb interviewees.

That other rather loud sound of laughter combined with pleasure was the best Q&A for quite some time — not a pollie in sight, not a political operative, representative of business, unions, greens or any other lobby group in the room — just five guests who combined to give us an hour of intelligent, non-confrontational TV. We could have had another hour (Why not ABC?). Tony Jones was surprisingly humble (his apology to his maths teaching father was funn). The various hosts and producers on News 24, The Drum, the plethora of jaw jaw programs on Sky News, the morning/breakfast programs, should all be made to watch last night’s Q&A to find out how an intelligent, articulate conversation can be had with studio guests and the TV audience. No yelling, no grandstanding, no prima donnas. What a pleasure. The audience responded and Q&A had 938,000 viewers on ABC1 and News 24 across the country last night. It had more viewers than The Blacklist on Seven and Big Brother on Nine. Ten was so far behind it was embarrassing.

Four Corners’ methamphetamine eport was very solid and worrying, and the first part of Australian Story was likewise. Another good night for ABC News and Current Affairs and a reminder to the weak Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull (and the cynical PM Tony Abbott and his mates at News Ltd) just what the ABC really does.

And following the death of former prime minister Gough Whitlam this morning, a programming move this morning underlines the superiority of ABC compared to the commercials — it will run the two part doco on Gough Whitlam tonight from 8.30pm called The Power and the Passion. Existing programming has been bumped to make way for the program.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (34.5%)
  2. Nine (24.4%)
  3. ABC (20.0%)
  4. Ten (17.7%)
  5. SBS (3.3%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (26.0%)
  2. Nine (18.6%)
  3. ABC  (15.4%)
  4. Ten (12.5%)
  5. SBS ONE (2.6%)

Top digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO (5.4%)
  2. 7mate (3.1%)
  3. GO, Eleven (3.0%)
  4. ABC 2 (2.9%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. The X Factor Winner Announced (Network) – 2.100 million
  2. The X Factor Grand Final (Seven) — 2.061 million
  3. The Big Bang Theory (Nine) — 1.674 million
  4. Nine News 1.527 million
  5. The Big Bang Theory repeat (Nine) — 1.511 million
  6. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.444 million
  7. Seven News 1.359 million
  8. Australian Story (ABC) — 1.299 million
  9. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 1.286 million
  10. Four Corners (ABC) — 1.256 million

Top metro programs:

  1. The X Factor Winner Announced (Seven) — 1.428 million
  2. The X Factor Grand Final (Seven) — 1.378 million
  3. The Big Bang Theory (Nine) — 1.127 million
  4. Nine News 1.064 million
  5. Seven News — 1.045 million
  6. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 1.012 million
  7. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 1.002 million

Losers: Ten for milking The Bachelor love rat story for ratings, as well as  Party Tricks. Offspring is looking better by the day. Rake handled sex and politics far more cynically, and lovingly in the end. It was TV for grown ups.Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News 1.064 million
  2. Seven News — 1.045 million
  3. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 1.012 million
  4. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 1.002 million
  5. Nine News 6.30 – 943,000
  6. A Current Affair (Nine) — 907,000
  7. Australian Story (ABC) — 901,000
  8. Four Corners (ABC) — 840,000
  9. ABC News  – 776,000
  10. 7.30 (ABC) — 744,000

Morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 359,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 284,000
  3. News Breakfast (ABC 93,000 + 63,000 on News 24) — 156,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) — 136,000
  5. Mornings (Nine) — 113,000
  6. Studio 1o (Ten) — 54,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox 8  (3.0%)
  2. TVHITS! (2.1%)
  3. LifeStyle  (2.0%)
  4. Fx (1.8%)
  5. UKTV (1.7%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. The Walking Dead (Fx) – 111,000
  2. Family Guy (Fox8) – 81,000
  3. The Walking Dead (Fx) – 74,000
  4. Top 20 Funniest (Fox8) – 73,000
  5. Modern Family (Fox8) – 70,000

*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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