Struggle Street starred last night, outshining the more expensive Reno Rumble, Masterchef Australia and House Rules and showing there are more ways to get viewers than just reality TV programs. The reality in Struggle Street was far more real than the confected rubbish on any number of shiny rubbishy contributions from commercial TV. These are not reality — they are what the minds of TV producers and programmers reckon is a form of reality. There’s not a programmer in commercial TV who would have commissioned Struggle Street (they are “stringbags” as one former 60 Minutes producer contemptuously referred to them during his career). And last night the first episode of Struggle Street whacked the big budget offerings from the commercial networks, including Masterchef Australia in Sydney (although Masterchef Australia did better nationally), and in the process, ruined the chances of a rebound from House Rules. Unless Seven can turn it around, it is heading for a struggle street of its own over the next couple of months. House Rules could only manage 1.099 million national viewers, including a very weak 631,000 in metro markets. The national figure was down 184,000 from the debut on Tuesday night. Masterchef Australia finished second nationally last night with 1.417 million viewers, and nearly 400,000 more than House Rules. Masterchef Australia was down a quarter of a million national viewers from Tuesday night. Nine’s cynical Reno Rumble managed 1.130 million national viewers — 134,0009 down from Tuesday night, and down around 100,000 metro viewers.

But the actual ratings were mixed. Seven had more viewers overall in metro markets and won handsomely in regional markets. Reno Rumble and Masterchef Australia didn’t grab regional viewers as strongly last night as they did on Tuesday night, or as House Rules did. Seven’s win overall and in the main channels in the regions was in fact quite surprising given the way House Rules fell away nationally and in the metros. Nine won the main channels in the metros with Ten second and Seven third. Nine won the night really in metro markets. In fact House Rules had 469,000 regional viewers — second on the night behind Nine News. Reno Rumble had 339,000 and Masterchef Australia 388,000.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (26.1%)
  2. Nine (25.7%)
  3. Ten (23.2%)
  4. ABC (15.3%)
  5. SBS (9.7%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (18.5%)
  2. Ten (17.6%)
  3. Seven (17.3%)
  4. ABC (11.0%)
  5. SBS ONE (8.9%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO (4.9%)
  2. GO (4.7%)
  3. 7mate (3.9%)
  4. Eleven (3.2%)
  5. ABC2 (2.7%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Nine News — 1.553 million
  2. Masterchef Australia (Ten) — 1.417 million
  3. Seven News — 1.381 million
  4. Struggle Street (SBS) – 1.305 million
  5. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.266 million
  6. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.196 million
  7. ABC News — 1.190 million
  8. Reno Rumble (Nine) — 1.130 million
  9. House Rules (Seven) — 1.099 million
  10. Nine News 6.30 — 1.099 million

Top metro programs:

  1. Nine News 6.30 — 1.099 million
  2. Nine News — 1.056 million
  3. Seven News — 1.047 million
  4. Masterchef Australia (Ten) — 1.029 million

Losers: House Rules — in rocky waters, could founder.Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News 6.30 — 1.099 million
  2. Nine News — 1.056 million
  3. Seven News — 1.047 million
  4. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 983,000
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) – 975,000
  6. ABC News  – 846, 000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 770,000
  8. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 646,000
  9. Ten Eyewitness News — 573,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 502,000

Morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 336,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 314,000
  3. News Breakfast (ABC 1,  110,000 + 49,000 on News 24) — 159,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) — 140,000
  5. Mornings (Nine) — 121,000
  6. Studio 1o (Ten) — 41,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox 8  (3.5%)
  2. LifeSTyle (2.2%)
  3. TVHITS  (1.9%)
  4. Arena (1.8%)
  5. UKTV (1.6%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. The Flash (F8) — 125,000
  2. The Simpsons (Fox8) – 100,000
  3. AFL: 360 (Fox Footy) – 86,000
  4. The Simpsons (Fox8) – 85,000
  5. Family Guy (Fox8) – 68,000

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Peter Fray

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