Thankfully we had a full day of Test cricket, absorbing, skilful and good TV in the traditional summer sense (even if the weather in Sydney was autumnal, even early winterish). Last night’s programming was light on, especially Seven with its run of repeats. Nine won the night in both metro and regionals markets.

Nine has helpfully given us some figures for the  audiences watching the highlights of the last session of play in the cricket. Mitchell Johnson’s last over from 6.28pm was watched by an average national audience of 1.503 million people, and that third session of play yesterday was watched by 1.178 million people, when Indian first-time captain Virat Kohli reached his century at 5.40pm 1.344 million people were watching and when Johnson dismissed Kohli for 115 at 6.20pm, 1.385 million people were watching. And they stayed with Nine to watch the News which averaged 1.455 million viewers. All good figures, no matter the program, no matter the time of year.

More of the same today, please, because the viewing tonight is looking rather rotten. The final day of the cricket should get very good figures for Nine.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (28.0%)
  2. Seven (26.9%)
  3. Ten (22.4%)
  4. ABC (17.0%)
  5. SBS (5.8%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (19.0%)
  2. Seven, Ten (14.8%)
  3. ABC (11.3%)
  4. SBS ONE (4.3%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO (7.5%)
  2. GO (5.5%)
  3. 7mate (4.6%)
  4. Eleven (4.5%)
  5. Gem (3.5%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Nine News  – 1.455 million
  2. Seven News — 1.285 million
  3. First Test, Australia v India Session 3 (Nine) — 1.178 million
  4. Highway Patrol (Seven) – 1.024 million
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.014 million
  6. 7.30 (ABC) — 960,000
  7. Nine News 6.30 — 958,000
  8. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 956,000
  9. ABC News 935,000
  10. Catalyst (ABC) — 862,000

Losers: It’s summer, but thankfully Catalyst was on ABC and SBS continued with their foodie programs — all original — a reminder when TV programs were solid, interesting and official ratings were on. (Even the Vikings were back on their tourist trips across the North Sea, no doubt looking for foodie hot spots around Londinium).Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 1.022 million
  2. Nine News —982,000
  3. Nine News 6.30 — 958,000
  4. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 956,000
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) — 856,000
  6. 7.30 (ABC) — 668,000
  7. ABC News  — 643,000
  8. Ten Eyewitness News — 584,000
  9. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 580,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 459,000

Morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 342,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 311,000
  3. Mornings – Summer (Nine) — 118,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) — 114,000
  5. News Breakfast (ABC  67,000 + 42,000 on News 24) — 109,000
  6. Studio 1o (Ten) — 52,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox 8  (3.3%)
  2. LifeStyle  (2.6%)
  3. TVHITS  (2.0%)
  4. Nick Jr (1.8%)
  5. UKTV, Arena (1.7%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show (Fox8) – 81,000
  2. Grand Designs Australia (lifeStyle) — 80,000
  3. Dance Moms (LifeStyle You) – 67,000
  4. The Big Bang Theory (Comedy Channel) – 63,000
  5. Modern Family (Fox8) – 63,000

*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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