An anti-climatic night last night after the events of the previous 36 hours. And the viewing didn’t help lift spirits. It was a pretty arid night — Hugh Grant as the British PM (Tony Blair????) in Love Actually on Seven at 8.30pm. Really, I ask you. Love Actually is in that small group of go to movies for Australian commercial TV network programmers. Pirates of The Caribbean is another go to for Seven. The Crock Dundees and Shawshank Redemption and the Harry Potters at Nine as other good examples. Law and Order at Ten (not a movie, but spak filla for black holes in Ten’s schedules) is another example. Midsomer Murders, Poirot, Marple (she’s off to Gem to join Poirot), and QI perform the same function at the ABC, which will be really stretched in 2015 filling the schedule with normal programming, let alone repeats.

What stood out yesterday was the absolute domination of Sunrise on Seven yesterday — 985,000 national/ 634,000 metro/ 351,000 regional viewers. Nine’s Today did well with 700,000 national/ 502,000 metro/ 198,000 regional viewers, but Sunrise is the go-to program for morning viewers.

Test cricket begins this afternoon with Steve Smith leading Australia for the first time. Should be great viewing. Enjoy.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (29.8%)
  2. Nine (26.9%)
  3. Ten (20.7%)
  4. ABC (16.4%)
  5. SBS (6.2%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (21.9%)
  2. Nine (17.9%)
  3. Ten (14.8%)
  4. ABC (10.6%)
  5. SBS ONE (5.3%)

Top digital channels: 

  1. Gem (4.6%)
  2. 7TWO (4.5%)
  3. GO (4.4%)
  4. 7mate, ONE (3.5%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Nine News — 1.567 million
  2. Seven News — 1.295 million
  3. Nine News 6.30 — 1.096 million
  4. My Kitchen Rules (Seven) – 2.171 million
  5. Seven News Special/ Today Tonight — 1.084 million
  6. ABC News – 1.084 million
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 1.025 million
  8. Sunrise (Seven) — 985,0000
  9. Love Actually (Seven) — 960,000
  10. A Current Affair (Nine) — 904,000

Top metro programs:

  1. Nine News — 1.152 million
  2. Nine News 6.30 — 1.096 million
  3. Seven News 1.033 million
  4. Seven News 6.30 — 1.003 million

Losers: Just one of those nights …Metro news and current affairs:

  1.  Nine News — 1.152 million
  2.  Nine News 6.30 — 1.096 million
  3. Seven News — 1.033 million
  4. Seven News 6.30 — 1.003 million
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) – 783,000
  6. Seven News Special/ Today Tonight — 733,000
  7. ABC News – 717,000
  8. 7.30 (ABC) — 705,000
  9. Ten Eyewitness News — 625,000
  10. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 600,000

Morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 634,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 502,000
  3. News Breakfast (ABC  172,000 + 78,000 on News 24) — 250,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Sky News (3.8%)
  2. Fox 8  (2.9%)
  3. LifeStyle  (2.2%)
  4. UKTV (1.7%)
  5. Arena (1.6%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Soccer: FFA Cup Final (Fox Sports 4) – 104,000
  2. Sydney Siege Live  (Sky News) – 73,000
  3. Sydney Siege Live  (Sky News) – 71,000
  4. Dance Moms (LifeStyle You) – 70,000
  5. Modern Family (Fox8) – 67,000

*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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