Nine’s night in metro markets, but not in the regionals where Seven was a close, but clear winner. And unlike in metro markets, where Ten beat the ABC into third spot, again, the ABC beat Ten into third spot as Masterchef again failed to win over viewers in regional markets. Nine won Sydney and Melbourne by big margins, Brisbane narrowly, while Seven won Adelaide and Perth by solid margins.

Nine won in the metros because of the 6 to 7pm news, A Current Affair and Married At First Sight (which was second nationally with 1.603 million viewers). In the regionals Married At First Sight did well with 487,000 viewers, but House Rules with 525,000 and Home and Away with 564,000 were stronger. Masterchef Australia averaged 366,000 regional viewers and a solid 1.40 million nationally. Reno Rumble was back on 305,000 regional viewers which helped it into 15th place nationally with 1.003 million, well behind House Rules on 1.308 million national viewers. Nine’s programming director, Andrew Backwell was quoted in the Fairfax Media yesterday bemoaning the fact that there were two home renovation programs going head to head on TV.  That’s really rich coming him because he was one of the driving forces behind Nine starting Reno Rumble and running it against Seven’s better rating House Rules as a spoiler that was designed to bleed viewers from Seven’s program and nothing more. Seven and Ten didn’t ask Nine to start Reno Rumble and place it up against House Rules and Masterchef Australia. It was a decision Nine management made itself. Reno Rumble is now in its final weeks and will end its short season as a ratings also ran. And it will probably be seen as hastening the decline of home renovation programs on TV. And if that happens, Reno Rumble will be seen as a bit of self-defeating cleverness.

Seven’s Sunrise won the morning in the metros with 304,000 from Today on Nine with 292,000 — narrow. Nationally, Sunrise won, again.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (29.3%)
  2. Seven (25.9%)
  3. Ten (20.7%)
  4. ABC (18.5%)
  5. SBS (5.8%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (22.0%)
  2. Seven (17.4%)
  3. Ten (15.3%)
  4. ABC (14.4%)
  5. SBS ONE (4.7%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO (4.5%)
  2. GO (3.8%)
  3. 7mate (3.7%)
  4. Gem (3.5%)
  5. Eleven (3.0%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Nine News — 1.752 million
  2. Married At First Sight (Nine)  1.603 million
  3. Masterchef Australia (Ten)  1.450 million
  4. Home and Away  (Seven) — 1.361million
  5. Seven News — 1.350 million
  6. House Rules (Seven)  1.305 million
  7. ABC News  1.293 million
  8. A Current Affair (Nine)  1.286 million
  9. Nine News 6.30  1.223 million
  10. Australian Story (ABC)  1.142 million

Top metro programs:

  1. Nine News — 1.278 million
  2. Nine News 6.30  1.223 million
  3. Married At First Sight (Nine)  1.115 million
  4. A Current Affair (Nine)  1.089 million
  5. Masterchef Australia (Ten)  1.084 million
  6. Seven News — 1.034 million
  7. Seven News/ Today Tonight  1.007 million

Losers: Enough on TV last night to satisfy viewers.Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News — 1.278 million
  2. Nine News 6.30  1.223 million
  3. A Current Affair (Nine)  1.089 million
  4. Seven News — 1.034 million
  5. Seven News/Today Tonight  1.007 million
  6. 7 pm ABC 1 News   892,000
  7. Australian Story (ABC 1)  749,000
  8. 7.30 (ABC 1) 737,000
  9. Ten Eyewitness News  678,000
  10. Four Corners (ABC)  659,000

Morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 304,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 292,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven)  166,000
  4. Mornings (Nine)  124,000
  5. News Breakfast (ABC 73,000 + 41,000 on News 24)  114,000
  6. Studio 1o (Ten)  69,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Showcase, Fox Sports 1 (3.0%)
  2. Fox8  (2.1%)
  3. LifeStyle  (2.0%)
  4. UKTV (1.9%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Game of  Thrones (showcase)  264,000
  2. Game of  Thrones (showcase)  252,000
  3. NRL: Easts v Melbourne (Fox Sports 1)  241,000
  4. Monday Night With Matty Johns (Fox Sports 1)  117,000
  5. AFL: 360 (Fox Footy)  110,000

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Peter Fray

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