The good taste of TV viewers was underlined last night with the two most popular non-news programs on TV being Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell (in which Malcolm Turnbull was skewered like he has never been skewered) and the second part of the ABC’s great doco on the history of Australian comedy, Stop Laughing This Is Serious. Mad as Hell poking at the ABC programming and News 24 is far more effective than anything the drones at the Murdoch bugles can come up with. Mad As Hell had 1.117 million national viewers and Stop Laughing had 1.113 million. Home and Away had 1.151 million viewers at 7pm across the country, but the ABC duo were more popular in metro markets.

Apart from the ABC, it was night to forget on the commercial networks who have thrown the switch to standby and left on an Easter Parade.

The AFL season starts tonight, I can hear the sighs of content from the Deep South, the Mid Central and Far West of the country, and from the small eastern suburbs enclave of Sydney called Swansville. .

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (28.6%)
  2. Nine (28.0%)
  3. ABC (19.9%)
  4. Ten (17.8%)
  5. SBS (5.6%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (19.4%)
  2. Seven (18.0%)
  3. ABC 1 (15.5%)
  4. Ten (10.2%)
  5. SBS ONE (4.0%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO (6.1%)
  2. GO (6.0%)
  3. 7mate (4.4%)
  4. Eleven (3.9%)
  5. ONE (3.8%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Nine News 1.385 million
  2. ABC News  1.213 million
  3. Seven News  1.211 million
  4. Home and Away (Seven)  1.151 million
  5. Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell (ABC)  1.117 million
  6. Stop Laughing This Is Serious (ABC)  1.113 million
  7. 7.30 (ABC)  964,000
  8. A Current Affair (Nine)  942,000
  9. QI (ABC)  936,000
  10. Seven News/ Today Tonight  931,000

Losers: Anyone who missed Mad as Help and the second part of Stop Laughing This Is Serious.Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News 976,000
  2. Seven News  938,000
  3. Seven News/ Today Tonight  931,000
  4. Nine News 6.30  930,000
  5. ABC News   837,000
  6. A Current Affair (Nine) — 777,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC)  668,000
  8. The Project 7pm (Ten) 561,000
  9. Ten Eyewitness News  519,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) 451,000

Morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 311,000
  2. Today (Nine)  300,000
  3. News Breakfast (ABC 1,  104,000 + 37,000 on News 24)  141,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven)  131,000
  5. Mornings (Nine)  115,000
  6. Studio 1o (Ten)  57,000

Top pay TV channels:

  1. LifeStyle (3%)
  2. Fox 8 (3.2%)
  3. UKTV, TVHITS (1.9%)
  4. ARENA (1.8%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Selling Houses Australia (LifeStyle)  182,000
  2. Gogglebox Australia (LifeStyle)  138,000
  3. The Flash (Fox8) – 86,000
  4. AFL: 360 (Fox Footy)  71,000
  5. Family Guy (Fox8)  68,000

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Peter Fray

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