An easy, easy win for Seven, thanks to the big audience for the second and final part of the mini-series, Catching Milat. It had 2.224 million viewers last night across the country. It added 70,000 viewers nationally from the debut (2.174 million a week ago) with slightly fewer viewers in the regions and 92,000 more in the metros (1.459 million viewers against 1.367 million a week earlier). House Rules’ whole House reveal (1.807 million) on Seven easily accounted for Masterchef Australia (1.470 million) on Ten and both left Nine’s Reno Rumble well behind on 1.191 million viewers. If it wasn’t for the first State of Origin game on Nine on Wednesday night, Seven would be on its way to a week’s win on the back of last night’s very strong performance.

The final of Eurovision (with Guy Sebastian starring for Australia) did very well for SBS, averaging 729,000 national viewers for the repeat last night and 325,000 for the early morning live broadcast of the final. The prime time audience as larger than the A League soccer grand final. The semi finals on Friday night (661,000 national viewers) and Saturday (881,000 national viewers) also did well. As a result of the solid figures for last night’s repeat, SBS One pushed past the ABC’s main channel which was forced back to fifth spot on the night. But that was only in the metros. In the regions Eurovision didn’t do anywhere near as well and the ABC was a safe fourth. But Seven absolutely streeted the opposition in the regions, on top of the easy win in the metros.

In the morning, Insiders on ABC more than doubled The Bolt Report’s metro audience — 367,000 to 138,000. Nationally Insiders had 540,000 viewers against 223,000 for The Bolt Report.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (33.9%)
  2. Nine (21.6%)
  3. Ten (18.7%)
  4. ABC (13.6%)
  5. SBS (12.1%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (27.3%)
  2. Nine (16.7%)
  3. Ten (13.9%)
  4. SBS ONE (11.1%)
  5. ABC (10.1%)

Top digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO (3.5%)
  2. 7TWO, GO, ONE (3.1%)
  3. ABC2 (2.0%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Catching Milat (Seven) — 2.244 million
  2. Seven News — 2.155 million
  3. Nine News — 1.845 million
  4. House Rules (Seven) – 1.807 million
  5. Masterchef Australia (Ten) — 1.470 million
  6. ABC News — 1.338 million
  7. Reno Rumble (Nine) — 1.191 millon
  8. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 1.102 million
  9. Modern Family (Ten) — 1 million
  10. Mapp and Lucia (ABC) — 875,000

Top metro programs:

  1. Catching Milat (Seven) — 1.459 million
  2. Seven News — 1.401 million
  3. Nine News — 1.296 million
  4. Masterchef Australia (Ten) — 1.082 million
  5. House Rules — Reveal (Seven) — 1.068 million

Losers: Anyone who missed the finale of Catching Milat –– it didn’t hold back in some areas. Top notch TV. Everything that Underbelly had at times in the first series, but which vanished as Nine ground out more and more series.Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 1.401 million
  2. Nine News — 1.296 million
  3. ABC News  – 901,000
  4. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 754,000
  5. Ten Eyewitness News — 453,000
  6. SBS World News — 199,000

Morning TV:

  1. Insiders (ABC 267,000, 100,000 on News 24) — 367,000
  2. Weekend Sunrise (Seven) – 282,000
  3. Weekend Today (Nine) – 269,000
  4. Landline (ABC) — 239,000
  5. Offsiders (ABC) — 196,000
  6. The Bolt Report (Ten) — 138,000

Top pay TV channels:

  1. Fox Footy (4.7%)
  2. Fox8  (1.9%)
  3. Fox Sports 5  (1.8%)
  4. Comedy Channel, Foxtel Movies, LifeStyle, TVHITS (1.7%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Open Slather (Comedy Channel) – 243,000
  2. AFL: Port Adelaide v Richmond  (Fox Footy) – 220,000
  3. AFL: Essendon v Brisbane (Fox Footy) — 146,000
  4. F1: Monaco GP (Fox Sports 5) — 126,000
  5. AFL Bounce (Fox Footy) – 113,000

*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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