A mixed result in the metros. Seven narrowly won Total people, Nine, the main channels, while Ten was a narrow third ahead of the ABC. But in the regional markets Seven was an easy winner, both overall and the main channels, while the ABC was a clear third and Ten a weak fourth. And that’s probably all you can say about what was an average night of TV.

The Checkout on ABC stood out at 8pm with 1.071 million national viewers. Seven’s Home and Away at 7pm also starred with 1.204 million national viewers. Apart from that, the most watched programs were news broadcasts and the audience splintered after that. My Ireland With Colin on Seven (its second part) averaged 1.101 million and added not much to the greater scheme of things except to publicise a Sydney cook who is the ’nasty’ chef on My Kitchen Rules. In other words, it was a bit of fluff from Seven. Downton Abbey on Seven slipped to 1.002 million viewers. Like the British upper classes its lives it has been charting, a fading beauty. Nine’s Footy Show had 943,000 viewers, including 696,000 in the metro markets, the best for the year so far.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (28.6%)
  2. Nine (28.0%)
  3. Ten (19.3%)
  4. ABC (17.5%)
  5. SBS (6.6%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (20.7%)
  2. Seven (19.4%)
  3. Ten (13.0%)
  4. ABC (12.9%)
  5. SBS ONE (5.3%)

Top digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO (5.7%)
  2. GO (4.6%)
  3. Eleven (3.7%)
  4. 7mate (3.4%)
  5. ABC2, Gem (2.7%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Nine News  – 1.587 million
  2. Seven News –  1.298 million
  3. ABC News –  1.221 million
  4. Home and Away (Seven) –  1.204 million
  5. My Ireland With Colin (Seven) –  1.101 million
  6. The Checkout (ABC) –  1.071 million
  7. 7.30 (ABC) –  1.050 million
  8. Top Gear (Nine) – 1.042 million
  9. A Current Affair (Nine) –  1.038 million
  10. Downton Abbey (Seven) –  1.002 million

Losers: The Checkout stood out, as did Home and Away on Seven. The rest? Fairly average.Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News — 1.079 million
  2. Nine News 6.30 — 991,000
  3. Seven News – 980,000
  4. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 894,000
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) – 859,000
  6. ABC News  – 824,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 699,000
  8. Ten Eyewitness News — 604,000
  9. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 596,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 474,000

Morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 315,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 296,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) — 162,000
  4. News Breakfast (ABC, 114,000, 48,000 on News 24) — 162,000
  5. Mornings (Nine) — 113,000
  6. Studio 1o (Ten) — 66,000

Top pay TV programs:

  1. Australia’s Next Top Model (Fox8) – 123,000
  2. AFL: 360 (Fox Footy) – 85,000
  3. Grand Designs (LifeStyle) — 80,000
  4. The Simpsons (Fox8) – 78,000
  5. Matty Johns Big Weekend  (Fox Sports 1) , The Big Bang Theory (Comedy) — 57,000

*Data © OzTAM Pty Limited 2015. 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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