Another of those nights last night that required stamina and a complete and utter memory loss as repeats rolled across the screen, or programs which should have never seen the light of a TV screen,  with a few exceptions. QI on ABC because it is moderately entertaining, the test cricket on Nine, which ended late. The Project on Ten (its big chance to shine during a dull summer of viewing).

More cricket today and Ten’s Big Bash tonight starts tonight. It has to make a profit on this and achieve a boost in ad share. If it doesn’t, it’s good night Hamish. By the way, so much for Nine’s boasts about it being the home of cricket, even in summer when there’s no official ratings in play, it still bolted from the Test coverage at 6pm on the main channel and switched to Gem for the last half an hour. A week ago it was good enough to stay with the cricket because the time difference with Adelaide was only half an hour, now it’s a hour’s difference with Brisbane (because the dairy farming curtain faders don’t have daylight saving) and it’s all too hard. Fair weather friends of cricket, I say, Nine are — not viewer friendly.

If anyone is interested, Nine says 1.125 million people watched the final session of the test — that’s around 225,000 down on the figure for the same session of day one of the Adelaide test. It doesn’t matter, the batting was good, and the Australian performance — especially the non catching — average.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (28.3%)
  2. Nine (25.7)
  3. Ten (21.1%)
  4. ABC (19.0%)
  5. SBS (5.9%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (19.4%)
  2. Nine (17.6%)
  3. Ten (14.6%)
  4. ABC (12.7%)
  5. SBS ONE (4.7%)

Top digital channels: 

  1. ABC News 24 (5.2%)
  2. GO (4.7%)
  3. 7mate, ONE (3.6%)
  4. ABC 2, Gem (3.4%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Nine News  — 1.426 million
  2. Cricket: Second Test, Australia v India Day 1, session 3 (Nine) — 1.125 million
  3. Seven News — 1.128 million
  4. Criminal Minds repeat 1 (Seven) – 1.068 million
  5. 7.30 (ABC) — 1.030 million
  6. ABC News — 1.012 million
  7. Air Rescue (Seven) — 976,000
  8. Highway Patrol (Seven) — 975,000
  9. Criminal Minds repeat 2 (Seven) — 967,000
  10. Customs (Nine) — 964,000

Losers: Need I say any more than what I have said for the past week or so — us desperates still with our remotes or laptops in hand, waiting, hoping than a bloke in a big red suit will drop a legal Netflix sub down the chimney earlier than next Wednesday night. Shareholders in Ten Network, still waiting for the board to chisel another 2 cents a share out of somebody — meaningless really.Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News – 988,000
  2. Nine News 6.30 — 955,000
  3. Seven News — 863,000
  4. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 855,000
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) – 754,000
  6. 7.30 (ABC) — 718,000
  7. ABC News — 712,000
  8. Ten Eyewitness News — 543,000
  9. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 464,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 342,000

Morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 374,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 303,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) — 181,000
  4. News Breakfast (ABC,  90,000 + 38,000 on News 24) — 128,000
  5. Mornings (Nine) — 120,000
  6. Studio 1o (Ten) — 62,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox 8  (3.1%)
  2. UKTV 2.6%)
  3. LifeStyle  (2.3%)
  4. Sky News (1.9%)
  5. TVHITS, Arena (1.8%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. The Royal Variety Performance (FX) – 96,000
  2. The Flash (Fox 8) — 95,000
  3. Modern Family (Fox 8) — 57,000
  4. Family Guy (Fox) – 55,000
  5. Dance Moms (LifeStyle You) – 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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