Ten’s night really in metro markets, even though the figures for Total People give Nine a small win. The real story was the second best night for Ten this year in the metros (The best night was the finale of I’m A Celebrity …) with a main channel win and in its way for a Thursday night, a dominant win. Masterchef and the Masterclass won the night for Ten, especially in the key demos. Nine’s Footy Show faded and faded badly in Sydney (126,000) and Brisbane (89,000) with the NRL version doing a preview of the first State of Origin game next Wednesday and not really boosting viewing levels. The AFL version’s audience was just 203,000 in Melbourne, which is not very good.

Seven was especially weak and the poor showing was led by the 6pm news in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane which were beaten by Nine easily — 59,000 in Sydney, a massive 167,000 in Melbourne and an uncomfortable 75,000 in Brisbane.

But in the regionals it was a completely different night with Seven a big winner from Nine and Ten way back in third. Going into the weekend, Seven is a narrow leader overnight in the metros but in the regionals it leads easily. The divergence between metro and regional viewers has been more noticeable with the arrival of this season of Masterchef Australia. For whatever reason it can’t seem to grab and hold regional viewers like the current series is now doing in the metros. Last night’s episode averaged a solid 363,000 regional viewers, but the dashcam episode of Surveillance OZ had 477,000 and Home and Away had 491,000. The Masterclass episode of Masterchef Australia saw the audience lose 100,000 to 265,000, and yet that was the more interesting of the two programs.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (26.2%)
  2. Seven (25.9%)
  3. Ten (25.5%)
  4. ABC (16.3%)
  5. SBS (6.0%)

Network main channels:

  1. Ten (19.7%)
  2. Nine (18.4%)
  3. Seven (25.9%)
  4. ABC (16.3%)
  5. SBS ONE (6.0%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO (6.7%)
  2. GO (4.6%)
  3. Eleven (3.6%)
  4. 7mate (3.3%)
  5. Gem (3.2%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1.  Nine News — 1.0532 million
  2.  Masterchef Australia (Ten) — 1.473 million
  3. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.232 million
  4. Seven News — 1.231 million
  5. Masterchef Master Class (Ten) — 1.178 million
  6. ABC News — 1.164 million
  7. Surveillance OZ: Dashcam (Seven) — 1.115 million
  8. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.105 million
  9. Nine News 6.30 — 1.068 million
  10. Hot Seat (Nine) — 981,000

Top metro programs:

  1. Masterchef Australia (Ten) — 1.110 million
  2. Nine News — 1.087 million
  3. Nine News 6.30 — 1.068 million

Losers: Seven. Last night’s performance will depress.Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News — 1.087 million
  2. Nine News 6.30 — 1.068 million
  3. A Current Affair (Nine) – 950,000
  4. Seven News — 923,000
  5. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 849,000
  6. ABC News – 772,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 680,000
  8. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 675,000
  9. Ten Eyewitness News — 558,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 500,000

Morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 338,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 300,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) — 141,000
  4. News Breakfast (ABC 1,  91,000 + 41,000 on News 24) — 132,000
  5. Mornings (Nine) — 108,000
  6. Studio 1o (Ten) — 64,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox 8  (2.8%)
  2. LifeStyle  (2.6%)
  3. TVHITS  (2.4%)
  4. UKTV (1.9%)
  5. Arena(1.6%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. The Simpsons (Fox8) – 89,000
  2. Australia’s Net Top Model (Fox8) — 88,000
  3. Matty Johns Big Weekend (Fox Sports 1) – 78,000
  4. AFL: 360 (Fox Footy) — 75,000
  5. The Simpsons (Fox8) – 72,000

*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.

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