A great night of top flight sports viewing. The Socceroos were great, as were Nick Kyrgios and Andy Murray. No doubt the greybeards and heads among the chattering and tapping commentariat will rattle on about K’s racquet-busting, but so what? He’s 19 and growing up. Australians voted with their remotes —  for the tennis. The Nick Kyrgios and  Andy Murray semi-final had more than 2.5 million national viewers on Seven, including more than 1.7 million in metro markets. The rest of the night had a respectable 1.3 million national viewers.

The soccer had 992,000 national viewers on ABC. Actually, it was more than a million — in Brisbane it was shifted to ABC2 to allow for Queensland election broadcasts to happen on the ABC in that market. But there wasn’t an audience figure for Brisbane for the game on ABC 2 in the early ratings data. Did someone at the ABC forget to code it for that channel in that market?. The game had 362,000 viewers on Fox Sports 4 — meaning it had more than 1.35 million viewers — beating The Block. Now for the Cup final on Saturday night in Sydney. I must say the ABC coverage is rubbish. In essence the ABC paid more than $1 million for the rights to put Australia’s games from Fox Sports 4 to air (most of which were on delay) and have a panel and a host in an ABC studio. Tell me the value in that? SBS has a better understanding of the game to start with, and better studio talent.

Nine started the first 2015 series of The Block Last night. It was well beaten by the tennis and by the soccer, but it is early days. It had 1.3 million national viewers last night. However, it does look more contrived than ever.

Tonight’s its Ten’s turn to bask in the sporting sun with the final of The Big Bash from Canberra between Sydney’s Sixers and Perth’s Scorchers. Go Sydney (naturally)!

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (38.1%)
  2. Nine (22.0%)
  3. ABC (18.4%)
  4. Ten (16.3%)
  5. SBS (5.2%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (29.9%)
  2. Nine (16.8%)
  3. ABC (12.9%)
  4. Ten (10.5%)
  5. SBS ONE (4.0%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO (5.1%)
  2. ONE (3.3%)
  3. GO, 7mate (3.1%)
  4. ABC2 (2.9%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Australian Open Tennis: Kyrgios v Murray, Night Nine (Seven) — 2.505 million
  2. Nine News 1.642 million
  3. Australian Open Tennis: Night Nine (Seven) — 1.314 million
  4. The Block (Nine) – 1.301 million
  5. Seven News 1.242 million
  6. Nine News 6.30 1.132 million
  7. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.068 million
  8. ABC News 1.053 million
  9. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 1.025 million
  10. Asian Cup: Semi Final Two, Australia v UAE (ABC) — 992,000

Top metro programs:

  1. Australian Open Tennis: Kyrgios v Murray, Night Nine  (Seven) — 1.753 million
  2. Nine News 1.146 million
  3. Nine News 6.30 1.132 million
  4. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 1.025 million

Losers: Tennis and soccer haters, people who don’t like The Block or Scott Cam — they’re back.Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News — 1.146 million
  2. Nine News 6.30 — 1.132 million
  3. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 1.025 million
  4. Seven News – 974,000
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) — 896,000
  6. ABC News — 697,000
  7. Ten Eyewitness News — 684,000
  8. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 486,000
  9. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 449,000

Morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 351,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 286,000
  3. Mornings (Nine) — 183,000
  4. News Breakfast (ABC 102,000 + 48,000 on News 24) — 150,000
  5. Studio 1o (Ten) — 88,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox Sports 4 (4.0%)
  2. Fox 8  (2.3%)
  3. LifeStyle  (2.0%)
  4. TVHITS (1.9%)
  5. UKTV (1.8%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Asian Cup; Semi-Final Two (Fox Sports 4) – 362,000
  2. Asian Cup Hub  (Fox Sports 4) – 150,000
  3. Asian Cup Hub (Fox Sports 4) – 100,000
  4. Paw Patrol (Nick Jr) – 68,000
  5. Paw Patrol (Nick Jr) – 66,000

 

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Peter Fray

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