Normal service was restored last night. Seven released The Beast (AKA My Kitchen Rules) from the cave where it spent the past week and Easter, and it promptly ate the competition’s schedule. MKR had 2.054 million national viewers and over 1.4 million in the metros and more than 600,000 regional viewers. Seven won metro and regional markets from Nine, the ABC and Ten. Nine’s The Block performed OK with 1.4 million national viewers, but was well short of real success with less than a million metro viewers — even on a holiday Monday night. Seven’s Revenge is also losing its mojo. Its national audience last night was just over a million, with 651,000 of those in the metros.

Tonight Catalyst on the ABC takes a rest to allow Foreign Correspondent’s loss. While the latter is a top notch current affairs program, Catalyst, being the only science program on TV will be missed. Make sure you watch tonight’s episode.

Viewing over the Easter break was pretty average in terms of audiences and what was on offer, with sport dominating.  The Hawthorn win yesterday was a big message to supporters of all other clubs (Carn the Swannies) that the 2015 flag is the Hawks’ to lose. The NRL brawl fest continued with the appalling Good Friday rubbish from Canterbury in their narrow loss to Souths. No wonder ground attendances for the NRL after five rounds are down by close to 15%.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (31.0%)
  2. Nine (28.1%)
  3. ABC (19.4%)
  4. Ten (15.8%)
  5. SBS (5.7%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (23.5%)
  2. Nine (21.0%)
  3. ABC (15.3%)
  4. Ten  (10.4%)
  5. SBS ONE (4.2%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO (3.9%)
  2. GO (3.7%)
  3. 7mate (3.6%)
  4. Gem (3.4%)
  5. Eleven (2.8%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. My Kitchen Rules (Seven) – 2.054 million
  2. Nine News –1.692 million
  3. Seven News — 1.604 million
  4. The Block (Nine) — 1.404 million
  5. ABC  News — 1.367 million
  6. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.366 million
  7. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.243 million
  8. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 1.182 million
  9. Nine News 6.30 — 1.118 million
  10. Australian Story (ABC) — 1.113 million

Top metro programs:

  1. My Kitchen Rules (Seven) – 1.441 million
  2. Seven News — 1.238 million
  3. Nine News — 1.217 million
  4. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 1.182 million
  5. Nine News 6.30 — 1.118 million
  6. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.050 million

Losers: More of the same for The Block. Viewers just can’t get enthused by it, especially in metro markets.Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 1.238 million
  2. Nine News — 1.217 million
  3. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 1.182 million
  4. Nine News 6.30 — 1.118 million
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.050 million
  6. ABC News (7pm) – 927,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 760,000
  8. Australian Story (ABC) — 741,000
  9. Ten Eyewitness News — 675,000
  10. Media Watch (ABC) — 673,000

Morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 357,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 273,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) — 290,000
  4. Mornings (Nine) — 189,000
  5. News Breakfast (ABC 95,000 + 49,000 on News 24) — 144,000
  6. Studio 1o (Ten) — 79,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox Sports 1 (7.4%)
  2. Fox Footy (4.9%)
  3. Fox 8  (3.2%)
  4. LifeStyle  (1.8%)
  5. UKTV (1.6%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. NRL: Melbourne v Warriors (Fox Sports 1) – 306,000
  2. NRL: Parramatta v Wests Tigers (Fox Sports 1) – 304,000
  3. NRL:Penrith v Nth Qld (Fox Sports 1) – 280,000
  4. AFL: Hawthorn v Geelong (Fox Footy) – 270,000
  5. Monday Night With Matty Johns (Fox Sports 1) – 138,000

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Peter Fray

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