Nine won the metros from Seven, the ABC and Ten. Seven won the regionals from the ABC and then a distant Ten. Ten’s Party Tricks went out with a whimper of 723,000 national viewers (and yes, Nina lost the election — she’s now a single mum without a hubbie or an electorate or a state to run).

Seven News was again easily beaten in the metros (the national figures are skewed by differing screening times in regional markets) by Nine News in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, but in the morning Today was whacked by more than 110,000 metro viewers by Sunrise — 390,000 to 278,000. Today’s endemic weakness continues.  Seven started another observational police doco genre program called Nabbed. It was top 10 nationally in ninth with more than 1.2 million viewers.

No more The Roast on ABC2 — instead ABC TV programmers have gone and raided the crypt and exhumed That 70’s Show, with Ashton, Mila, Laura and Topher — all fun loving American kids, now in their 30’s. I was right when I said ABC TV management would go for the low cost import to replace the “expensive’ local program. That 70’s Show attracted 137,000 national and 69,000 metro viewers, about what The Roast used to get. The program ran and ran and ran  on the Seven network and its digital channels until virtually every Seven viewer had seen it at least once. ABC TV is short of money and programming (thanks to generous Malcolm Turnbull and the BBC and Foxtel), so that it why the weak 2014 version of Spicks and Specks starts on ABC at 8 pm on Friday. The superior original series is still running on ABC2 at 7pm. Watch that one if you have to and get a life.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (27.9%)
  2. Seven (27.5%)
  3. ABC (22.0%)
  4. Ten (18.5%)
  5. SBS (4.2%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (20.5%)
  2. Seven (17.5%)
  3. ABC (16.6%)
  4. Ten (12.4%)
  5. SBS ONE (3.8%)

Top digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO (6.0%)
  2. GO (4.7%)
  3. 7mate (4.0%)
  4. ABC (3.4%)
  5. ONE, Eleven (3.0%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. The Big Bang Theory (Nine) — 1.821 million
  2. The Big Bang Theory repeat (Nine) — 1.743 million
  3. Australian Story (ABC) — 1.427 million
  4. Nine News  – 1.424 million
  5. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.350 million
  6. Seven News — 1.283 million
  7. Highway Patrol (Seven) — 1.244 million
  8. ABC News 1.230 million
  9. Nabbed (Seven) 1.277 million
  10. Four Corners (ABC) — 1.222 million

Top metro programs:

  1. The Big Bang Theory (Nine) — 1.274 million
  2. The Big Bang Theory repeat (Nine) — 1.195 million

Losers:  Except for the ABC (and except for Four Corners) just a weak night of TV. Homeland on Ten at 9.30pm, 174,000 national and 125,000 metro and 49,000 regional viewers. Derisory figures for a program that started so well.Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News 6.30 – 986,000
  2. Nine News  – 965,000
  3. Australian Story (ABC) – 965,000
  4. Seven News — 959,000
  5. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 934,000
  6. A Current Affair (Nine) – 880,000
  7. ABC News  – 843,000
  8. Four Corners (ABC) — 814,000
  9. 7.30 (ABC) — 752,000
  10. Media Watch (ABC) — 722,000

Morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 390,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 278,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) — 148,000
  4. News Breakfast (ABC 1,  81,000 + 35,000 on News 24) — 116,000
  5. Mornings (Nine) — 105,000
  6. Studio 1o (Ten) — 59,000

Top pay TV channels:

  1. Fox 8  (2.9%)
  2. LifeStyle  (2.5%)
  3. TVHITS  (21.9)
  4. Discovery (1.7%)
  5. Nick Jr, Crime & Investigation, Arena, Fox Classics (1.7%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. The Walking Dead (Fx) – 87,000
  2. Family Guy (Fox8) — 81,000
  3. The Walking Dead (Fx) – 78,000
  4. Family Guy (Fox8) — 77,000
  5. Modern Family (Fox8) — 69,000

*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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