Nine won the metros fairly easily. Ten did well again thanks to running two episodes of Masterchef Australia. House Rules picked up a little bit, giving Seven some hope. But in the regionals, another big win by Seven as viewers in those market grabbed House Rules, Home and Away and rejected Masterchef and Reno Rumble. Only Nine News (460,000) could match the audiences in regional markets for Home and Away (466,000) and House Rules (436,000). Nine News won the metros and was the most watched program nationally, followed by Seven News. That tells us that the three “reality programs” haven’t grabbed audience attention like My Kitchen Rules did at the start of the year when it topped viewing levels on nearly every night it aired. That’s a sign of viewer fatigue, which will be very hard to shift in coming weeks.

Helping Nine win the night in the metros was an OK performance from The Footy Shows with 613,000 (only 264,000 in the regionals). Seven’s Downton Abbey managed 1.018 million national viewers  623,000 in the metros and 395,000 in the regionals.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (28.4%)
  2. Seven (26.3%)
  3. Ten (23.6%)
  4. ABC (16.2%)
  5. SBS (5.6%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (20.9%)
  2. Seven (17.9%)
  3. Ten (17.9%)
  4. ABC (11.7?%)
  5. SBS ONE (4.2%)

Top digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO (5.3%)
  2. GO (4.2%)
  3. Gem, Eleven (3.3%)
  4. 7mate (3.1%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Nine News 1.492 million
  2. Seven News  1.346 million
  3. Masterchef Australia episode 2 (Ten)  1.320 million
  4. Masterchef Australia  (Ten)  1.276 million
  5. Home and Away (Seven) 1.222 million
  6. ABC News  1.219 million
  7. A Current Affair (Nine)  1.132 million
  8. House Rules (Seven)  1.091 million
  9. Reno Rumble (Nine)  1.090 million
  10. The Checkout (ABC)  1.062 million

Top metro programs:

  1. Nine News  1.040 million
  2. Seven News  1.030 million
  3. Nine News 6.30  1.002 million

Losers: Those three reality programs – Masterchef, House Rules and Reno Rumble. One of three three should have really topped viewing levels in metro and regional markets, and nationally.Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News  1.040 million
  2. Seven News  1.030 million
  3. Nine News 6.30  1.002 million
  4. Seven News/ Today Tonight  938,000
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) — 932,000
  6. ABC News  849,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC)  702,000
  8. Ten Eyewitness News  — 577,000
  9. The Project 7pm (Ten)  542,000
  10. The Project 7pm (Ten)  419,000

Morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 322,000
  2. Today (Nine)  297,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven)  140,000
  4. News Breakfast (ABC 102,000 + 36,000 on News 24)  138,000
  5. Mornings (Nine)  95,000
  6. Studio 1o (Ten)  38,000

Top pay TV channels:

  1. Fox 8  (2.6%)
  2. TVHITS, LifeStyle  (2.2%)
  3. UKTV (1.8%)
  4. Discovery, Arena, A&E (1.5%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. AFL: 360 (Fox Footy)  85,000
  2. The Simpsons (Fox8) – 73,000
  3. Matty Johns Big Weekend (Fox Sports 1)  77,000
  4. Australia’s Next Top Model (Fox8)  68,000
  5. The Simpsons (Fox8)  66,000

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