A typical end of ratings year Monday night. The Big Bang Theory dragged Nine across the line in the metros, the ABC did well with its usual Monday line up of news and current affairs, particularly Q&A with George Brandis in Bankstown. When will Tony Abbott have the guts to front Q&A on the same basis?

Seven struggled, with The Big Adventure again gathering just over a million national viewers, which really isn’t good enough. Ten’s Party Tricks could only manage 616,000 national viewers, which also isn’t good enough.

But while the ABC deserves congrats for last night’s efforts, the luddites at ABC TV deserve booing for axing The Roast — the program self announced its assassination last night — a very brave decision.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (28.3%)
  2. Seven (27.9%)
  3. ABC (21.8%)
  4. Ten (17.5%)
  5. SBS (4.6%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (21.1%)
  2. Seven (17.4%)
  3. ABC (16.1%)
  4. Ten (10.9%)
  5. SBS ONE (3.8%)

Top digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO (6.5%)
  2. 7mate, GO (3.9%)
  3. ABC 2, ONE (3.4%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. The Big Bang Theory (Nine) – 1.698 million
  2. The Big Bang Theory repeat (Nine) – 1.490 million
  3. Home and Away< (Seven) — 1.381 million
  4. Seven News – 1.346 million
  5. Nine News 1.339 million
  6. Australian Story (ABC 1) — 1.291 million
  7. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.193 million
  8. ABC News 1.143 million
  9. Four Corners (ABC) — 1.112 million
  10. 7.30 (ABC) — 1.089 million

Top metro programs:

  1. The Big Bang Theory (Nine) – 1.123 million
  2. Seven News — 1.023 million

Losers: Viewers and those who work on The Roast on ABC2, but mostly the bunch of losers at ABC TV who made the short-sighted decision to axe the program.Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 1.023 million
  2. A Current Affair (Nine) — 999,000
  3. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 945,000
  4. Nine News 6.30 — 930,000
  5. Nine News  – 929,000
  6. Australian Story (ABC 1) — 868,000
  7. ABC News  – 750,000
  8. Four Corners (ABC) — 740,000
  9. 7.30 (ABC) — 707,000
  10. Media Watch (ABC) — 638,000

Morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 339,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 259,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) — 154,000
  4. News Breakfast (ABC 80,000 + 38,000 on News 24) — 118,000
  5. Mornings (Nine) — 102,000
  6. Studio 1o (Ten) — 60,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox 8  (2.4%)
  2. TVHITS (2.4%)
  3. LifeStyle  (2.2%)
  4. UKTV (2.2%)
  5. Fx (1.7%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. The Walking Dead (Fx) – 90,000
  2. The Walking Dead (Fx) – 69,000
  3. New Tricks (UKTV) —  63,000
  4. Escape To The Country (LifeStyle)  — 57,000
  5. EPL: Manchester City v Manchester United (Fox Sports 1) – 54,000

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Peter Fray

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