Nine and Ten’s night in the metros, but not for Seven whose heavily promoted Houdini sank (like one of his tricks), but unlike the great illusionist, the program didn’t re-emerge — it drowned. As a result Seven finished third in the metros in total people and the main channels. A night that will prompt more than one or two meetings at Jones Bay HQ in Sydney’s Pyrmont today. That was a very poor night for Seven. Houdini could only manage 657,000 national viewers, including just 421,000 in the metros and 236,000 in the regions. Rusted on Seven viewers only.

In the regions a different story as Seven again won fairly well from Nine and Ten. House Rules was watched by a huge 695,000 regional viewers, which helped push it to number 3 nationally, from 8th most watched in the metros. House Rules had 1.598 million viewers. MasterChef Australia was second nationally with 1.603 million viewers, and tops in the metros with 1.223 million in the metros (and only 382,000 in the metros).

ABC’s The Killing Season managed 1.364 million national and 979,000 metro viewers added around 60,000 viewers for the final episode.

And on The Project (Ten, 824,000 average nationally for the 6.30 and 7pm half hours), Waleed Aly is single-handedly restoring the Ten network’s credibility in news and current affairs (and very pointedly showing up those who run ABC News and current affairs and can’t hold good talent having first found them). Every time Aly shows up on ABC TV’s Offsiders on Sunday morning he shows his talent, which is growing (and his commentaries in Fairfax Media outlets are pretty good as well). Last night’s effort with Zaky Mallah, was a case in point. Tough, never deviating from the point and holding Mallah in his sights. I wonder if the slippery Tony Abbott  and Peter Dutton, or the buffoonish Joe Hockey would risk being interviewed by Aly on sensitive subjects such as citizenship.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (28.3%)
  2. Ten (24.6%)
  3. Seven (23.0%)
  4. ABC (19.8%)
  5. SBS (4.3%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (20.0%)
  2. Ten (18.5%)
  3. Seven (16.7%)
  4. ABC 1 (15.2%)
  5. SBS ONE (3.5%)

Top digital channels: 

  1. GO (5.1%)
  2. Eleven (3.3%)
  3. 7TWO, 7mate, Gem (3.2%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Nine News — 1.618 million
  2. Masterchef Australia (Ten) — 1.605 million
  3. House Rules (Seven) — 1.598 million
  4. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.388 million
  5. The Killing Season (ABC 1) – 1.364 million
  6. Seven News – 1.331 million
  7. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.330 million
  8. The Big Bang Theory (Nine) — 1.305 million
  9. Love Child (Nine) — 1.299 million
  10. ABC News — 1.287 million

Top metro programs:

  1. Masterchef Australia (Ten) — 1.223 million
  2. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.193 million
  3. Nine News — 1.165 million
  4. Nine News 6.30 — 1.165 million

Losers: Will Tony Abbott be thanking the ABC for the final episode of The Killing Season last night? He and his government are the losers now that it has ended. The big point from the three series is how badly we were served by Rudd and Gillard — both proved (and showed themselves) to be untrustworthy and grasping. Hawke and Keating and Howard and Costello were rivals, but we got mostly good government and reform from both, but from Rudd and Gillard when they weren’t focusing on each other, we got a smattering of change and one or two good ideas. But that was that. They were consumed with each other and consumed each other and the country was the loser.Metro news and current affairs:

  1. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.193 million
  2. Nine News — 1.165 million
  3. Nine News 6.30 — 1.165 million
  4. Seven News – 995,000
  5. The Killing Season (ABC 1) — 979,000
  6. Seven News/ Today Tonight  – 943,000
  7. ABC News — 853,000
  8. 7.30 (ABC) — 724,000
  9. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 674,000
  10. Foreign Correspondent (ABC1) — 648,000

Morning TV:

  1. Today (Nine) – 297,000
  2. Sunrise (Seven) – 289,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) — 141,000
  4. News Breakfast (ABC 1,  95,000 + 39,000 on News 24) — 134,000
  5. Mornings (Nine) — 97,000
  6. Studio 1o (Ten) — 60,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox 8  (3.0%)
  2. TV1  (2.3%)
  3. LifeStyle  (2.0%)
  4. UKTV (1.8%)
  5. Fox Classics (1.7%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Wentworth (SoHo) – 113,000
  2. The Simpsons (Fox8) – 92,000
  3. The Simpsons (Fox8) – 90,000
  4. AFL: 360 (FoxFooty) – 85,000
  5. River Cottage Australia (LifeStyle Food) – 61,000

*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.

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