A close win for Nine in Total People and the main channels last night in metro markets, but a big win for Seven in the regions. But the metro wins by Nine depended on a big win in Melbourne — Seven won Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. Nine’s win in Melbourne was due to weak performances by Seven’s programs and a moderate effort for the news, ACA and the AFL version of The Footy Show which averaged 277,000 viewers from 8.40pm.

The first episode of the second series of Redesign My Brain on ABC did well with 965,000 viewers, easily beating The Footy Show on Nine nationally. Only 72,000 people watched the NRL version of the show in Brisbane — so much for winning the first State of Origin game on Wednesday night. 132,000 people watched in Sydney and NSW lost the game by a point!

For the second morning in a row Nine’s Today won the metros breakfast battle over Seven’s Sunrise, 315,000 to 282,000 — that was the sort of margin Sunrise had a week ago over Today. The fall to 282,000 for Sunrise is a surprise. Seven doesn’t want this to happen when it is battling so many other problems, like 6 to 7 pm in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and weak performance of House Rules compared to last year (though it has clearly bested Nine’s Reno Rumble). Home and Away meanwhile continues to anchor Seven’s Monday to Thursday evenings. Last night it had 1.230 million national viewers with solid support from the regions to offset continuing weakness in the metros. It was fourth nationally. Masterchef Australia topped the metros with 1.052 million viewers and was second nationally with 1.397 million.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (26.6%)
  2. Seven (26.1%)
  3. Ten (24.0%)
  4. ABC (17.2%)
  5. SBS (6.0%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (18.8%)
  2. Seven, Ten (17.2%)
  3. ABC (12.9%)
  4. SBS ONE (4.5%)

Top digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO (5.4%)
  2. GO (5.2%)
  3. ONE, 7mate (3.5%)
  4. Eleven (3.3%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Nine News  – 1.431 million
  2. Masterchef Australia (Ten) — 1.397 million
  3. Seven News — 1.335 million
  4. Home and Away (Seven) – 1.230 million
  5. ABC News — 1.110 million
  6. A Current Affair (Nine) – 1.070 million
  7. 7.30 (ABC) – 1.070 million
  8. Redesign My Brain (ABC) — 965,000
  9. Seven News/ Today Tonight  – 946,000
  10. Nine News 6.30 — 945,000

Top metro programs:

  1. Masterchef Australia (Ten) — 1.052 million
  2. Seven News — 1.017 million

Losers: A weak night.Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 1.017 million
  2. Nine News — 992,000
  3. Seven News/ Today Tonight  – 946,000
  4. Nine News 6.30 — 945,000
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) – 879,000
  6. ABC News — 734,000
  7. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 659,000
  8. 7.30 (ABC) – 629,000
  9. Ten Eyewitness News — 588,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 498,000

Morning TV:

  1. Today (Nine) – 315,000
  2. Sunrise (Seven) – 282,000
  3. News Breakfast (ABC 82,000 + 47,000 on News 24) — 129,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) — 117,000
  5. Mornings (Nine) — 123,000
  6. Studio 1o (Ten) — 65,000

Top pay TV channels:

  1. Fox 8  (2.7%)
  2. LifeStyle  (2.4%)
  3. TVHITS  (2.0%)
  4. UKTV (1.9%)
  5. Fox Sports 4, Fox Footy (1.8%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. AFL: 360, The Malthouse Interview (Fox Footy) — 107,000
  2. Australia’s Next Top Model (Fox8) – 103,000
  3. The Simpsons (Fox8) – 98,000
  4. AFL: 360 (Fox Footy) – 5,000
  5. Matty Johns Big Weekend (Fox Sports 1) – 74,000

*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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