Another night dominated by My Kitchen Rules — end of story. Boring, I know, but Seven’s juggernaut continues to devour its opposition with 2.1 million national viewers last night. But Seven’s highly promoted How To Get Away With Murder continues to sink as Australian TV viewers give another solid US import the big thumbs down. How To Get Away With Murder fell to 863,000 national viewers, down more than 200,000 from last week. Ten’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here had 856,000 national viewers. Ten had a very solid night and was an easy third in metro and regional markets. Watch Seven’s Winter tonight, or better still, record it and watch Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell instead.

I bet Seven wishes it could find a monster to devour Nine’s successful news broadcasts at 6pm, especially in Sydney and Melbourne where it was another miserable evening for Seven, beaten by 88,000 in Sydney, 85,000 in Melbourne and for good measure, a loss by 22,000 in Brisbane.  In the metro markets, the  7pm ABC News with 932,000 viewers beat Seven’s 6pm news last night with 905,000. Yes I know the extra hour can make a difference, but it is rare that the ABC News manages to attract more viewers than Seven’s. Last night it did, so that’s why it was news this morning in the ratings report. ABC’s Catalyst finished 10th nationally with 1.085 million viewers — deservedly so.

In the mornings, the battle between Sunrise and Today has been a bit closer than it has been for some weeks. Today is within shouting distance in the metros — nationally its Sunrise first, daylight second and Today third. Is Lisa Wilkinson’s outspokenness (and the publicity it is attracting) starting to rub off, along with Karl Stefanovic’s existing aggressive questioning?

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (30.0%)
  2. Nine (28.0%)
  3. Ten (19.8%)
  4. ABC (16.5%)
  5. SBS (5.6%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (23.1%)
  2. Nine (19.6%)
  3. Ten (15.4%)
  4. ABC (11.7%)
  5. SBS ONE (4.8%)

Top digital channels: 

  1. Gem (4.5%)
  2. GO (3.9%)
  3. 7TWO (3.5%)
  4. 7MATE (3.4%)
  5. ABC2, Eleven (2.6%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. My Kitchen Rules (Seven) – 2.144 million
  2. Nine News — 1.422 million
  3. Seven News — 1.351 million
  4. The Big Bang Theory (Nine) — 1.305 million
  5. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.297 million
  6. Seven News — 1.228 million
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 1.148 million
  8. The Block (Nine) — 1.130 million
  9. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.102 million
  10. Catalyst (ABC) — 1.085 million

Losers: How To Get Away With Murder — another big US series bites the dust and fails to make the grade with viewers.Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News – 970,000
  2. Nine News 6.30 – 956,000
  3. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 933,000
  4. ABC News — 932,000
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) — 918,000
  6. Seven News — 905,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 774,000
  8. Ten Eyewitness News — 568,000
  9. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 508,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 407,000

Morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 327,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 309,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) — 150,000
  4. News Breakfast (ABC,  99,000 + 39,000 on News 24) — 138,000
  5. Mornings (Nine) –116,000
  6. Studio 1o (Ten) — 45,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox 8  (3.0%)
  2. Fox Sports 3 (2.9%)
  3. LifeStyle  (2.2%)
  4. Disney Jr (2.1%)
  5. TVHITS  (1.9%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Call The Midwife (BBC First) – 74,000
  2. Cricket World Cup: Innings Break (Fox Sports 3) — 70,000
  3. Cricket World Cup: West Indies v Zimbabwe Session 2 (Fox Sports 3) — 69,000
  4. Cricket World Cup: West Indies v Zimbabwe Session 1 (Fox Sports 3) – 64,000
  5. Doc McStuffins (Disney Jr) – 59,000

*Data © OzTAM Pty Limited 2014. 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

Get your first 12 weeks of Crikey for $12.

Without subscribers, Crikey can’t do what it does. Fortunately, our support base is growing.

Every day, Crikey aims to bring new and challenging insights into politics, business, national affairs, media and society. We lift up the rocks that other news media largely ignore. Without your support, more of those rocks – and the secrets beneath them — will remain lodged in the dirt.

Join today and get your first 12 weeks of Crikey for just $12.

 

Peter Fray
Editor-in-chief of Crikey

JOIN NOW