A close night in the metros, but Nine won and Ten’s main channel slipped past Seven’s into second place. Did Seven’s broadcasting of the exhibition soccer game between Chelsea and Sydney FC on 7mate (411,000 national viewers) drain viewers away from its main channel? In regional markets Seven was a clear winner from Nine, Ten and the ABC.

The ratings on 7mate for the soccer game between Chelsea and Sydney FC showed once again the essential parochial nature of Australian soccer and viewers, no matter all that wonderful talk about a national competition. The game naturally attracted a lot of viewers on 7mate in Sydney and the 12.2% rating underlined that. But the game could only grab a few viewers elsewhere and 7mate’s share in Melbourne (3.9%, which was also the share in Adelaide), 3.8% in Brisbane and 3.3% in Perth reflected the lack of interest in watching Sydney FC. When the Socceroos play, then the nation watches.

Masterchef Australia again won the battle of the “reality” programs — it had 1.446 million national viewers (but only 341,000 in the regions), just ahead of House Rules on Seven with 1.399 million national viewers (including 572,000 in the regions). Nine’s ropey Reno Rumble was back on 1.039 million viewers, with just 287,000 regional viewers. It is really on the nose with viewers in regional markets and those in the metros aren’t too excited about it either.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (27.5%)
  2. Nine (27.4%)
  3. Ten (23.8%)
  4. ABC (16.1%)
  5. SBS (5.3%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (19.3%)
  2. Ten (18.5%)
  3. Seven (17.7%)
  4. ABC (11.3%)
  5. SBS ONE (4.4%)

Top digital channels: 

  1. 7mate (6.0%)
  2. GO (4.3%)
  3. 7TWO, (Gem (3.7%)
  4. ABC2 (3.1%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Nine News — 1.610 million
  2. Masterchef Australia (Ten) —  1.440 million
  3. House Rules (Seven) —  1.399 million
  4. Home and Away (Seven) –  1.382 million
  5. Seven News —  1.310 million
  6. Love Child (Nine) — 1.272 million
  7. ABC News —  1.275 million
  8. A Current Affair (Nine) —  1.158 million
  9. Nine News 6.30 —  1.073 million
  10. Reno Rumble (Nine) —  1.039 million

Top metro programs:

  1. Nine News —  1.147 million
  2. Masterchef Australia (Ten) — 1.106 million
  3. Nine News 6.30 — 1.073 million

Losers: Not the best of nights to be watching the TV — streaming/PVR anyone? But the soccer was good.Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News — 1.147 million
  2. Nine News 6.30 — 1.073 million
  3. A Current Affair (Nine) – 967,000
  4. Seven News — 959,000
  5. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 954,000
  6. ABC News – 841,000
  7. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 726,000
  8. 7.30 (ABC) — 717,000
  9. Foreign Correspondent (ABC) — 669,000
  10. Ten Eyewitness News — 658,000

Morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 311,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 290,000
  3. Mornings (Nine) — 152,000
  4. News Breakfast (ABC  96,000 + 35,000 on News 24) — 131,000
  5. The Morning Show (Seven) — 125,000
  6. Studio 1o (Ten) — 55,000

Top pay TV channels:

  1. Fox 8  (2.7%)
  2. LifeStyle  (2.1%)
  3. Nick Jr, TVHITS  (1.8%)
  4. LifeStyle Food (1.7%)

Top pay TV programs:

  1. Wentworth (SoHo) – 108,000
  2. AFL: 360 (Fox Footy) – 103,000
  3. Paw Patrol  (Nick Jr) – 91,000
  4. The Simpsons (Fox8) — 87,000
  5. Alvin and The Chipmunks (Nick Jr) – 74,000

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Peter Fray

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