Apart from Masterchef Australia, last night was a bit of a wasteland of TV viewing. Who wants to watch Reno Rumble or House Rules during the week when you know the best episodes are the house reveals — and there was more evidence that viewers prefer House Rules to Reno Rumble with the Seven program scoring another solid metro win and the usual big win in the regions.

Nine still won the night in the metros — overall and the main channels — but Ten’s main channel nipped past Seven to finish second. In the regions Seven was a clear winner, with Nine second, Ten up to third and the ABC back to fourth.

But the split between metro and regional viewers continued last night so far as the night’s key programs were concerned. House Rules was the most watched program in the regions with 547,000 viewers. Home and Away was next with 538,000, Masterchef Australia could only manage 354,000, which wasn’t bad when compared with the 281,000 who watched Nine’s Reno Rumble last night. Nine’s Love Child averaged a solid 413,000 regional viewers.

In the metros, Masterchef Australia was tops with 1.145 million, Love Child averaged 816,000, House Rules had 756,000 and Reno Rumble, 674,000. The regional support for House Rules is much higher than the split between metro and regional TV markets, but House Rules is now in front of Reno Rumble in the metros but with low figures. Both programs are not really striking a convincing note with metro viewers.

Tonight there’s a certain Rugby League game in Sydney involving players in Blue and Maroon. Warning, it’s on the Nine Network and could shock you with its brutality — but nothing like the extra AFL round we saw in Melbourne yesterday when Mick Malthouse tried to shirt front the bosses at Carlton in an ill-timed radio interview, and copped a hip and shoulder in return which knocked him right out of the club! That’s the real bloodsport. Will Malthouse be monitored for concussion to make sure he doesn’t re-enter the field of play before he’s ready? He’s already copped a number of bad knocks in his career.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (27.7%)
  2. Seven (26.0%)
  3. Ten (24.5%)
  4. ABC (15.9%)
  5. SBS (5.9%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (19.5%)
  2. Ten (18.8%)
  3. Seven (18.0%)
  4. ABC1 (11.2%)
  5. SBS ONE (5.0%)

Top digital channels: 

  1. GO (4.3%)
  2. 7TWO (4.1%)
  3. Gem, 7mate (4.0%)
  4. ONE (3.1%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Nine News — 1.561 million
  2. Masterchef Australia (Ten) — 1.500 million
  3. Seven News — 1.432 million
  4. House Rules (Seven) – 1.303 million
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.296 million
  6. ABC News  – 1.282 million
  7. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.271 million
  8. Love Child (Nine) — 1.229 million
  9. Nine News 6.30 1.102 million
  10. NCIS (Ten) — 1.054 million

Top metro programs:

  1. Masterchef Australia (Ten) — 1.145 million
  2. Nine News — 1.105 million
  3. Nine News 6.30 — 1.102 million
  4. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.097 million
  5. Seven News — 1.054 million

Losers: A poor night, except for Masterchef.Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News — 1.105 million
  2. Nine News 6.30 —  1.102 million
  3. A Current Affair (Nine) —  1.097 million
  4. Seven News —  1.054 million
  5. Seven News/ Today Tonight —  950,000
  6. ABC News  –  854,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) —  679,000
  8. The Project 7pm (Ten) —  643,000
  9. Ten Eyewitness News —  618,000
  10. Foreign Correspondent (ABC) —  583,000

Morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 294,000
  2. Today (Nine) –  287,000
  3. News Breakfast (ABC 1,  115,000 + 36,000 on News 24) —  141,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) —  123,000
  5. Mornings (Nine) —  116,0000
  6. Studio 1o (Ten) —  56,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox 8  (2.4%)
  2. TVHITS  (2.3%)
  3. Nick Jr, LifeStyle  (2.0%)
  4. Disney Jr, UKTV (1.6%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. AFL: 360 (Fox Footy) –  141,000
  2. Wentworth (SoHo) —  108,000
  3. The Simpsons (Fox8) – 84,000
  4. Back Page (Fox Sports 1) –  80,000
  5. River Cottage Australia (LifeStyle Food) —  69,000

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Peter Fray

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