Only three programs of note last night. The Beast (AKA My Kitchen Rules) won the night for Seven with 2.180 million national viewers,  assisted by a solid effort from Criminal Minds with more than 1.36 million national viewers. The other two (confused? Well, Criminal Minds was only an assist, not a standout performer) were the penultimate episode of Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell and the third and final episode of Stop Laughing This is Serious, both on ABC. Mad As Hell had 1.059 million national viewers and Stop Laughing This is Serious had 1.030 million. Both were standouts and I’m sorry Mad As Hell ends for the year next Wednesday. Barry Humphries stole the series.

Nine rested The Block last night (its on next Wednesday night) Perhaps it had run out of triple threats for the week? For Ten it was back to normal transmission. The Project did well from 6.30 to 7.30pm, averaging 787,000 national viewers for the hour. Wonderland at 8.30pm managed 508,0000 national viewers, was isn’t good. If it was any good or could be resurrected, it would make an interesting strip soap for Ten. Home and Away again dominated the 7pm slot for Seven with 1.390 million national viewers — 847,000 metro and 543,000 regional viewers. The metro figures are down a bit this year, the regional support for the veteran soapie remains very solid.

Tonight, watch The Checkout on ABC. It’s the most innovative program on TV, and excellent TV.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (33.1%)
  2. Nine (25.0%)
  3. ABC (19.6%)
  4. Ten (17.1%)
  5. SBS (5.2%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (24.4%)
  2. Nine (16.8%)
  3. ABC 1 (15.3%)
  4. Ten (10.9%)
  5. SBS ONE (5.2%)

Top digital channels: 

  1. GO, 7TWO (5.2%)
  2. Eleven (3.7%)
  3. 7mate (3.5%)
  4. Gem (3.0%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. My Kitchen Rules (Seven) – 2.180 million
  2. Nine News — 1.487 million
  3. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.390 million
  4. Criminal Minds (Seven) — 1.366 million
  5. Seven News — 1.349 million
  6. ABC News — 1.217 million
  7. Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell (ABC) — 1.059 million
  8. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 1.030 million
  9. Stop Laughing This is Serious (ABC) — 1.030 million
  10. A Current Affair (Seven) — 1.028 million

Top metro programs:

  1. My Kitchen Rules (Seven) – 1.465 million
  2. Nine News — 1.057 million
  3. Seven News — 1.053 million
  4. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 1.030 million

Losers: Apart from MKR, Mad As Hell and the final part of the history of Australian comedy on ABC 1, it was a boring night.Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News — 1.057 million
  2. Seven News — 1.053 million
  3. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 1.030 million
  4. Nine News 6.30 – 971,000
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) – 857,000
  6. ABC News — 846,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 701,000
  8. The Project 7pm (Ten)  – 669,000
  9. Ten Eyewitness News — 649,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten)  – 522,000

Morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 314,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 286,000
  3. Mornings (Nine) — 148,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) — 147,000
  5. News Breakfast (ABC,  86,000 + 56,000 on News 24) — 145,000
  6. Studio 1o (Ten)– 59,000

Top pay TV channels:

  1. Fox8 (4.5%)
  2. LifeStyle  (3.4%)
  3. TVHITS (2.0%)
  4. Arena (1.7%)
  5. UKTV, 111 Greats (1.4%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Selling Houses Australia (LifeStyle) – 192,000
  2. Gogglebox Australia (LifeStyle ) —  150,000
  3. The Simpsons (Fox8) – 110,000
  4. The Simpsons (Fox8) – 90,000
  5. The Simpsons (Fox8) – 87,000

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Peter Fray

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