Thankfully, Seven says, the AFL game between the Swans and Port did the trick last night. It won’t be enough to catch Nine in the metros, but in the regionals Seven is home and hosed. Seven won both the metros and the regionals last night. Masterchef Australia was the most popular non-news program and it helped push Ten into second in the main channels in metros markets, but not in the regionals. Unlike last Friday night, the Swans showed great spirit in winning last night and ending Port’s hopes (its chair, David Koch, is in London at the tennis. He knows a losing streak). But the Swans and Port may have played the only AFL game this round given the terrible news about the alleged murder of the Adelaide Crows coach Phil Walsh early today.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (29.7%)
  2. Nine (25.4%)
  3. Ten (23.1%)
  4. ABC (17.0%)
  5. SBS (4.8%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (20.5%)
  2. Ten (17.6%)
  3. Nine (16.8%)
  4. ABC 1 (11.7%)
  5. SBS ONE (3.8%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO (5.4%)
  2. Gem (4.6%)
  3. GO (4.0%)
  4. 7mate (3.8%)
  5. ABC2 (3.4%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Masterchef Australia (Ten) — 1.580 million
  2. Nine News — 1.534 million
  3. Seven News — 1.258 million
  4. ABC News — 1.164 million
  5. Nine News 6.30 — 1.085 million
  6. Inside Story (Nine) — 1.068 million
  7. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.029 million
  8. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 945,000
  9. Million Dollar Minute (Seven) — 938,000
  10. The Checkout (ABC) — 932,000

Top metro programs:

  1. Masterchef Australia (Ten) — 1.155 million
  2. Nine News — 1.125 million
  3. Nine News 6.30 — 1.085 million

Losers:  It was a weak night. Swans supporters are happy, but the big losers are those who missed the second part of the ABC special on the music of the Alberts. This is real social/cultural history and I could have had another five episodes exploring the bands and their reflection of Australia in the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. I am afraid the producers failed by not mentioning the unifying nature of The Angels’ hit Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again, and the great chorus every concert goer knows by heart, but seeing Crikey is a family publication, I can’t repeat … but you know what I am talking about. That chorus more than anything else from those decades shows the great unifying nature of Australian rock. The two part series (Blood and Thunder The Sound of Albert) also shows that many have tried and failed to explain the family’s influence on Australian music and cultural life. This series though has gotten closer than all the other attempts.Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News — 1.125 million
  2. Nine News 6.30 — 1.085 million
  3. Seven News – 923,000
  4. A Current Affair (Nine) — 879,000
  5. ABC News  – 767,000
  6. Seven News/ Today Tonight – 727,000
  7. Inside Story (Nine) — 699,000
  8. The Project 7pm (Ten) – 683,000
  9. Ten Eyewitness News — 580,000
  10. 7.30 (ABC) — 562,000

Morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) , Today (Nine) – 275,000
  2. The Morning Show (Seven) — 180,000
  3. News Breakfast (ABC 1,  95,000 + 47,000 on News 24) — 142,000
  4. Mornings (Nine) — 105,000
  5. Studio 1o (Ten) — 57,000

Top pay TV channels:

  1. Fox Footy (3.8%0
  2. Fox8 (3.1%)
  3. LifeStyle (2.3%)
  4. TVHITS (2.0%)
  5. Fox Sports 4, Nick Jr, Disney Jr (1.8%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. AFL: Sydney v Port Adelaide (Fox Footy) —229,000
  2. Australia’s Next Top Model (Fox8) — 139,000
  3. Matty Johns Big Weekend (fox Sports 1) — 75,000
  4. Jake And The Neverland Pirates (Disney Jr) — 73,000
  5. The Simpsons (Fox8) – 71,000

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