A far better performance by Nine last night across the country, with wins everywhere in the metros except in Perth where viewers remain rusted on to Seven. In the regions Nine all but won (Seven was just ahead in total people), but Nine had a big win in the main channels. Overall it was a weak, weak effort from Seven and House Rules and Sunday Night (its report on foreigners buying land and assets). Any story with Bob Katter in it pontificating about nasty foreigners is suspect, as Sunday Night’s effort last night was. It was lightweight and could only manage 1.108 million national viewers, while 60 Minutes grabbed 1.9 million with its exclusive with Alex McKinnon, the badly injured NRL player which had relevance, and was well leaked ahead of last night’s broadcast.

The Voice built on its solid opening Sunday night audience last week, adding around 200,000 viewers and doing strongly in the metros with over 600,000 viewers and 2.211 million nationally. Inspector George Gently on ABC had a modern ring with its storyline of asbestos diseases and corporate avoidance of responsibility (Swiss company to boot and a dodgy official doctor). The near 1.2 million viewers was a great result.

Tonight: Watch the second part of Four Corners story on the Mafia in Australia and watch Q&A to see how it has been improved by the decision of Tony Abbott to force Barnaby Joyce to humiliatingly withdraw from the program after telling Australia on Insiders yesterday morning that he was hot to trot to appear. Tony Abbott and Petra Credlin have no shame whatsoever. The Abbott barks and Barnaby and the rest jump. Will Malcolm Turnbull have the guts to appear on next Monday night’s Q&A, as scheduled, or will he decline for political ambition and cabinet solidarity?

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (31.1%)
  2. Seven (25.2%)
  3. Ten (20.2%)
  4. ABC (16.6%)
  5. SBS (6.8%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (25.8%)
  2. Seven (27.6%)
  3. Ten (14.1%)
  4. ABC (12.5%)
  5. SBS ONE (5.8%)

Top digital channels: 

  1. 7mate (4.6%)
  2. Eleven (3.9%)
  3. ONE (3.2%)
  4. 7TWO, Gem (3.0%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. The Voice (Nine) — 2.211 million
  2. Seven News — 1.984 million
  3. Nine News — 1.903 million
  4. 60 Minutes (Nine) – 1.902 million
  5. House Rules (Seven) — 1.670 million
  6. Masterchef Australia (Ten) — 1.308 million
  7. Grand Designs (ABC) — 1.220 million
  8. ABC News — 1.192 million
  9. Inspector George Gently (ABC) — 1.187 million
  10. Sunday Night (Seven) — 1.108 million

Top metro programs:

  1. The Voice (Nine) — 1.608 million
  2. Nine News — 1.342 million
  3. Seven News — 1.342 million
  4. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 1.300 million
  5. Masterchef Australia (Ten) — 1.010 million

Losers: Seven had a very bad night as it was squeezed by Nine, Ten and the ABC.Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News — 1.342 million
  2. Seven News — 1.342 million
  3. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 1.300 million
  4. ABC News — 792,000
  5. Sunday Night (Seven) – 652,000
  6. Ten Eyewitness News — 410,000
  7. SBS World News — 206,000

Morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (ABC 1, 245,000, 87,000 on News 24) — 332,000
  2. Weekend Sunrise (Seven) – 322,000
  3. Landline (ABC) — 289,000
  4. Weekend Today (Nine) – 276,000
  5. Offsiders (ABC 1) — 176,000
  6. The Bolt Report (Nine) — 172,000

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. AFL: Essendon v St Kilda (Fox Footy) – 209,000
  2. AFL: Fremantle v Brisbane  (Fox Footy) – 201,000
  3. AFL: Before The Bounce (Fox Footy) — 177,000
  4. F1: British Grand Prix (Fox Sports 5) – 128,000
  5. Fresh Off The Boat (Fox8) – 72,000

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