Australian TV viewers loved the tennis on Seven last night, and believe it or not, they loved Andy Murray who beat Thomas Berdych in a sometimes spiteful match last night. Nine’s episode of The Block wasn’t the full triple treat (that was an ugly ice cream from yesteryear from memory) because it wasn’t screened in Perth — it is being shown on Sunday night, after the One Day International cricket final. It’s a Nine programming ploy in Perth, it seems. Even so the triple treat was tasty enough for viewers 25 to 54 and 18 to 49s. The Block had more than 1.2 million national viewers, without Perth. Seven’s tennis had 1.404 million viewers across the country.

Ten languished, but it is watching to see how many of the 30,000 or so extra viewers of Studio 10 in the mornings stick around in coming weeks. Studio 10 has had a good January, especially with seven pre-empting The Morning Show with the Australian Open tennis. But why did Nine start the new season of Inside Story at 9pm (after The Block)? The 638,000 metro viewers (in five capitals) and 947,000 national viewers could have been higher if it was started next week, instead of up against one of the men’s semi finals in the tennis, as Nine knew it would be. It was a waste of an episode.

Sport, sport and more sport this weekend. Nine has the England v India One Day International cricket today and tonight from Perth (Gem), and then the ODI final from Perth (with Australia playing someone). Australia plays South Korea in the final of Asian Soccer Cup and Seven has the Super Bowl on Monday. Seven has the women’s final at the tennis on Saturday and the men’s final on Sunday night. On Sunday Cadel Evans has his final ride in the first ever Cadel Evans classic near Melbourne (Seven). And the NRL Nines are being played across the Dutch tomorrow and Sunday and are on Fox Sports (too early, who cares?). And on Sunday morning, Barrie Cassidy is back to call the politics on Insiders, while Offsiders follows straight after.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (36.0%)
  2. Nine (28.1%)
  3. Ten (16.4%)
  4. ABC (14.4%)
  5. SBS (5.1%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (26.8%)
  2. Nine (20.0%)
  3. Ten (9.9%)
  4. ABC (9.4%%)
  5. SBS ONE (5.1%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. GO (5.4%)
  2. 7TWO (5.2%)
  3. 7mate (4.0%)
  4. Eleven (3.9%)
  5. ABC2 (2.8%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Nine News — 1.511 million
  2. Tennis: Australian Open Night 11 (Seven) — 1.406 million
  3. The Block (Nine) — 1.203 million
  4. Seven News 1.105 million
  5. ABC News 1.098 million
  6. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.043 million
  7. Nine News 6.30 — 1.003 million
  8. Inside Story (Nine) — 947,000
  9. Hot Seat (Nine) — 913,000
  10. Ten Eyewitness News 860,000

Top metro programs:

  1. Nine News — 1.092 million
  2. Nine News 6.30 — 1.003 million

Losers:  Haters of tennis, The Block, sport over the weekend, politics on Sunday morning.Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News — 1.092 million
  2. Nine News 6.30 — 1.003 million
  3. Seven News — 858,000
  4. A Current Affair (Nine) — 857,000
  5. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 825,000
  6. ABC News — 757,000
  7. Ten Eyewitness News — 640,000
  8. Inside Story (Nine) — 638,000
  9. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 560,000
  10. 7.30 Summer (ABC) — 554,000

Morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 325,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 300,000
  3. Mornings (Nine) — 134,000
  4. News Breakfast (ABC,  83,000 + 48,000 on News 24) — 131,000
  5. Studio 1o (Ten) — 85,000

*Data © OzTAM Pty Limited 2015. 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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