Seven’s night in metro and regional markets. Seven won Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. Nine won Melbourne. Seven’s win the metros was again large, thanks to another solid effort from House Rules. It was the second most watched program nationally 1.450 million viewers, of which 594,000 were in the regions. In contrast, Masterchef Australia had a solid 1.339 million viewers, of which just 341,000 were in the regions. That was better than Reno Rumble which could only manage 283,000 regional viewers among its 951,000 national watchers.

Nine News had another solid night, as did ACA, but that’s not enough to support the sliding Reno Rumble which many viewers have rumbled as a load of ratings spakfilla and with no meaning. In the morning, Sunrise added viewers to a respectable 347,000 metro viewers and Today lost viewers to a weak 265,000.

Thankfully I caught The Weekly on ABC last night and was pleasantly surprised, especially with the segment on Caitlyn Jenner (Tom Gleeson’s point that the Kardashian/Jenner family’s public image has been built on sex and the transformation of Bruce into Caitlyn is merely another chapter in that story). And Charlie Pickering’s long commentary on indigenous incarceration rates, especially in the Northern Territory, was top notch TV. It a take on a tough subject that 7.30, Four Corners and Lateline would have struggled to do as well. The Weekly had 923,000 national viewers and deserved a million or more for last night’s effort.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (28.2%)
  2. Nine (25.7%)
  3. Ten (22.4%)
  4. ABC (17.6%)
  5. SBS (6.0%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (19.6%)
  2. Nine (18.0%)
  3. Ten (16.2%)
  4. ABC (12.5%)
  5. SBS ONE (4.7%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO (5.2%)
  2. GO (4.5%)
  3. Eleven (3.7%)
  4. 7mate (3.4%)
  5. Gem (3.3%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Nine News — 1.644 million
  2. House Rules (Seven) — 1.450 million
  3. Seven News —  1.364 million
  4. Home and Away (Seven) – 1.363 million
  5. Masterchef Australia (Ten) — 1.339 million
  6. ABC News — 1.269 million
  7. Nine News 6.30 — 1.185 million
  8. A Current Affair 9Nine) — 1.169 million
  9. Criminal Minds (Seven) — 1.091 million
  10. 7.30 (ABC) — 1.001 million

Top metro programs:

  1. Nine News — 1.195 million
  2. Nine News 6.30 — 1.185 million
  3. Seven News — 1.032 million

Losers: The Weekly was better than I thought it could be. The end for the Reno Rumble can’t come fast enough — 951,000 national viewers and half a million viewers behind House Rules (too many analysts only look at the metro performance where the margin is smaller, but House Rules clearly rules).Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News — 1.195 million
  2. Nine News 6.30 — 1.185 million
  3. Seven News — 1.032 million
  4. A Current Affair (Nine) – 999,000
  5. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 957,000
  6. ABC News — 883,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 735,000
  8. The Project 7pm (Ten) – 628,000
  9. Ten Eyewitness News — 600,000
  10. The Project 7pm (Ten) – 504,000

Morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 347,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 265,000
  3. News Breakfast (ABC 1,  107,000 + 47,000 on News 24) — 154,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) — 147,o00
  5. Mornings (Nine) — 102,000
  6. Studio 1o (Ten) — 55,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. LifeStyle  (2.7%)
  2. Fox8  (2.4%)
  3. TVHITS  (1.8%)
  4. A&E, Sky News (1.7%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. AFL: 360 (Fox Footy) – 124,000
  2. The Simpsons (Fox8) – 81,000
  3. Sterlo: On The Couch (Fox Sports 1) – 75,000
  4. Eastenders (UKTV) – 68,000
  5. The Simpsons (Fox8) – 62,000

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Peter Fray

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