The Monster returned and My Kitchen Rules ate the opposition again, with more than 2.2 million national viewers, even though Nine’s The Block gave a bit of cheek with (I think) 12 room reveals last night for more than 1.3 million national viewers. It was pushed over to last night because of Monday night’s ODI cricket. Seven was a big winner in metro and regional markets, with the ABC and its strong news and current affairs line up easily grabbing third ahead of Ten and its lineup starring I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here. 

I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here had another eviction and it was watched by 947,000 national viewers, but the lead up was watched by 955,000. A touch odd, but still solid.

And it’s now over to the management of ABC news and current affairs, shoot yourself in foot department. Last night it started Lateline at 9.30pm on News 24, thereby ending the simulcast of Q&A on ABC1, where it averaged 54,000 metro viewers, less than half of what the Q&A simulcast normally gets. At its 10.35pm repeat on ABC1 (its old timeslot) it was watched by a solid 362,000 — that is high and was boosted by the strong audience figures for Q&A (777,000 metro, 967,000 nationally, before it). The audience figures will drop away tonight as viewing levels ease. Why not 9pm on News 24, thereby allowing the Q&A simulcast to follow?

In the mornings, Sunrise won the first morning of the battle of the trips with its Hawaii visit with 321,000 metro viewers out of 543,000 nationally. But viewers weren’t that much interested in Today’s first morning of its trip round Australia — it was watched by 276,000 viewers out of 396,000. Game, set and trip to Sunrise for Monday on those figures. So much for Karl Stefanovic’s silly comments in the Sunday papers about how Sunrise was being “un-Australian” in going to Hawaii whereas Today was staying at home. That’s beancounter talk.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (31.7%)
  2. Nine (24.4%)
  3. ABC (20.0%)
  4. Ten (18.8%)
  5. SBS (5.1%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (23.4%)
  2. Nine (17.6%)
  3. ABC (15.9%)
  4. Ten (13.6%)
  5. SBS ONE (4.0%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO (4.5%)
  2. 7mate (3.8%)
  3. GO (3.7%)
  4. Gem (3.1%)
  5. Eleven (2.9%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. My Kitchen Rules (Seven) – 2.240 million
  2. Nine News — 1.516 million
  3. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.362 million
  4. The Block (Nine) — 1.342 million
  5. Seven News – 1.313 million
  6. ABC News  – 1.258 million
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 1.215 million
  8. Australian Story (ABC) — 1.199 million
  9. A Current Affair (Nine) –  1.063 million
  10. Nine News 6.30 — 1.062 million

Top metro programs:

  1. My Kitchen Rules (Seven) – 1.554 million
  2. Nine News — 1.097 million
  3. Nine News 6.30 — 1.062 million

Losers: No one really, there was enough on offer for viewers to be able to choose and watch. Maybe anyone who watched Q&A for a bit of pleasant discussion.Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News — 1.097 million
  2. Nine News 6.30 — 1.062 million
  3. Seven News – 993,000
  4. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 975,000
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) – 889,000
  6. ABC News  – 849,000
  7. Australian Story (ABC) — 833,000
  8. 7.30 (ABC) — 816,000
  9. Q&A (ABC) — 777,000
  10. Media Watch (ABC) — 719,000

Morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 321,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 276,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) — 191,000
  4. News Breakfast (ABC 1,  86,000 + 44,000 on News 24) — 130,000
  5. Mornings (Nine) — 122,000
  6. Studio 1o (Ten) — 66,000

Top pay TV channels:

  1. Fox Sports 3 (4.8%)
  2. Fox Sports 1 (2.8%)
  3. Fox8 , LifeStyle (2.1%)
  4. TVHITS (1.8%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. NRL: St George v Melbourne (Fox Sports 1) – 232,000
  2. Cricket Legends: Kim Hughes  (Fox Sports 3) — 205,000
  3. Monday Night With Matty Johns  (Fox Sports 1) – 153,000
  4. Cricket World Cup:England v Bangladesh (Fox Sports 3) – 139,000
  5. Cricket World Cup:England v Bangladesh (Fox Sports 3) – 90,000

*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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