Seven’s night in the metros and regionals. Dancing With The Stars did the job for Seven, even though it failed  to crack the million viewer mark in the metros. Nine did well in the demos because Dancing (1.437 million national viewers) dominated the grey hairs.

The two Whitlam doco episodes (The Power and The Passion) did well — the first had 876,000 national viewers for the first episode and 815,000 for the second. Kitchen Cabinet returned on ABC at 8pm with Bob Hawke. There was a certain poignancy to Annabel Crabb talking to a very old Bob Hawke only hours after we found out about Gough Whitlam’s death.

Ten started Recipe to Riches last night at 7.30pm for a second series of this Woolies-supported program. It had 794,000 national/ 561,000 metro/ 233,000 regional viewers with executive Russel Howcroft in the key role. He will probably help that program as much as he helps Ten. He brings some cred. There was a turn off of 250,000 or so from The Project.

Believe it or not (I couldn’t when I saw it), The Project went to The Bachelor Love Rat story for yet another dip at cheap publicity. But hopefully this is the final attempt to goose the ratings. Last night another exclusive with Blake Garvey’s ex-fiancee Sam Frost and runner-up Lisa Hyde who joined together to bag Mr Rat. But it will be the last, I think I heard Rove McManus end it in a back announce, and Carrie Bickmore seemed to agree … but what happens if there’s a “a little bundle of joy” out there waiting to be shown to viewers of the struggling Ten Network’s “premier” current affairs show? Viewers gave it the thumbs down — 783,000 watched in metro markets compared with just over 1 million  for Monday night. Last night’s 7pm episode had 1.047 million viewers, so there was another turnoff after the 1.286 million national audience on Monday night.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (28.4%)
  2. Nine (26.5%)
  3. Ten (21.1%)
  4. ABC (19.4%)
  5. SBS (4.7%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (20.3%)
  2. Nine (17.5%)
  3. Ten (15.6%)
  4. ABC (15.1%)
  5. SBS ONE (3.7%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. Gem (4.9%)
  2. 7TWO (4.8%)
  3. GO (4.3%)
  4. 7mate (3.3%)
  5. Eleven (3.1%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Nine News —  1.489 million
  2. Dancing With The Stars (Seven) — 1.437 million
  3. Home and Away (Seven) – 1.377 million
  4. Seven News — 1.239 million
  5. ABC News — 1.136 million
  6. 7.30 (ABC) — 1.085 million
  7. Kitchen Cabinet (ABC) — 1.062 million
  8. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 1.047 million
  9. NCIS (Ten) 1.010 million
  10. Nine News 6.30 880,000

Losers: Viewers of The Project at 7 pm who stayed and watched another Love Rat special.Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News — 1.011 million
  2. Seven News 940,000
  3. Nine News 6.30  – 880,000
  4. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 862,000
  5. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 783,000
  6. ABC News — 768,000
  7. A Current Affair (Nine) – 731,000
  8. 7.30 (ABC) — 718,000
  9. Ten Eyewitness News — 549,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm – 501,000

Morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 355,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 307,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) — 152,000
  4. News Breakfast (ABC  79,000 + 52,000 on News 24) — 114,000
  5. Mornings (Nine) — 91,000
  6. Studio 1o (Ten) — 60,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox 8
  2. TV1
  3. LifeStyle
  4. UKTV
  5. Fox Classics

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Family Guy (Fox 8) – 66,000
  2. Family Guy (Fox 8) – 62,000
  3. Modern Family (Fox)8 – 61,000
  4. Soccer: FFA Cup (Fox Sports 1) – 56,000
  5. Futurama (Fox) – 54,000

*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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