A surprisingly solid win for Seven in the metros and the now usual easy victory in the regions as Nine’s Reno Rumble ended its season and headed for Grand Finals Week next week, vanquished by House Rules on Seven, the program Reno Rumble was scheduled against as a spoiler to wreck. Instead Reno Rumble was well and truly trashed.  Last night we saw a combination of solid but unspectacular figures for House Rules and back to back episodes of Criminal Minds push Seven home.

Criminal Minds averaged 1.085 million metro and regional viewers, House Rules nearly 1.7 million from 7pm, which gave the network a nice margin for most of the night, especially after 9pm. Nine replaced Reno Rumble with new and repeats of The Big Bang Theory — the new episode made the national top 10 with 1.352 million, but failed to crack the million viewer mark in the metros.

Masterchef Australia had another solid outing last night, but was again let down in the regions. It had 1.376 million national viewers (including just 331,000 regional viewers). It was the third most watched program in the metros, but its weak regional performance saw it end up third nationally well (behind House Rules in second, with 1.670 million national viewers (including 696,000 regional viewers) and Nine News on top with 1.684 million.

The Weekly was again better with 912,000 national viewers. In the morning Today’s Tuesday pop and metro win became Wednesday’s slide and metro loss as Sunrise jumped to 331,000 and Today fell to 279,000 viewers. Something still not right there.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (29.0%)
  2. Nine (24.5%)
  3. Ten (22.5%)
  4. ABC (18.2%)
  5. SBS (5.8%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (19.8%)
  2. Nine (17.9%)
  3. Ten (16.5%)
  4. ABC (13.2%)
  5. SBS ONE (5.8%)

Top digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO (5.4%)
  2. 7mate (3.8%)
  3. GO (3.5%)
  4. Eleven (3.3%)
  5. ABC 2, Gem (3.1%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Nine News — 1.684 million
  2. House Rules (Seven) — 1.670 million
  3. Masterchef Australia (Ten) — 1.376 million
  4. Home and Away (Seven) – 1.359 million
  5. The Big Bang Theory (Nine) — 1.352 million
  6. Seven News — 1.314 million
  7. ABC News  – 1.229 million
  8. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.156 million
  9. The Big Bang Theory repeat (Nine) — 1.105 million
  10. Criminal Minds (Seven) — 1.085 million

Top metro programs:

  1. Nine News — 1.195 million
  2. Nine News 6.30 — 1.072 million
  3. Masterchef Australia (Ten) — 1.045 million
  4. Seven News — 1.011 million

Losers: Nine — a weak performance last night — it was out-programmed by Seven running two consecutive episodes of Criminal Minds from the end of House Rules. Nine doesn’t have that sort of popular second tier US program to slot in since CSI faded and The Mentalist died. Ten has NCIS and Madame Secretary (which did OK for Ten last night withy 823,000 national viewers).Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News — 1.195 million
  2. Nine News 6.30 — 1.072 million
  3. Seven News — 1.011 million
  4. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 998,000
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) – 964,000
  6. ABC News – 949,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 747,000
  8. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 721,000
  9. Ten Eyewitness News — 642,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 543,000

Morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 331,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 279,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) — 147,000
  4. News Breakfast (ABC 95,000 + 42,000 on News 24) — 137,000
  5. Mornings (Nine) — 113,000
  6. Studio 1o (Ten) — 52,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox 8  (2.8%)
  2. LifeStyle  (2.6%)
  3. TVHITS  (1.8%)
  4. Arena, UKTV (1.5%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. AFL: 360 (Fox Footy) – 113,000
  2. The Simpsons (Fox8) – 100,000
  3. The Simpsons (Fox8) – 92,000
  4. Family Guy (Fox8) – 88,000
  5. Sterlo: on The Couch, (Fox Sports 1), Family Guy (Fox8) – 76,000

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