On the face of it, it was a big win for Nine last night — which it was in the metros, or rather in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Seven won Adelaide and Perth, and won the regionals by a clear margin. In fact The Voice, while it racked up another 2 million-plus national audience (with 531,000 of those in the regions), wasn’t enough to drag Nine over the line once again across the country, unlike Sunday night.

And for Seven it was at heart another weak night. House Rules was well and truly beaten in the metros. It could only manage 972,000 metro viewers against the 1.473 million for The Voice and 1.102 million for Masterchef Australia on Ten. But House Rules was pushed up into third spot nationally by another strong performance in the regions with 657,000 viewers watching the program. Likewise, Home and Away, Seven’s 7pm stalwart, is still drifting lower in the metros (750,000 last night), but is being pushed higher by that continuing solid support in the regions (531,000 last night). In fact it’s that strong support from regional viewers that is keeping some of Seven’s heavy hitters alive in national ratings terms. If House Rules had to rely on just its metro figures, it would have died weeks ago. And while Masterchef Australia is doing better in the metros, it is still battling for regional support — its 323,000 regional viewers last night was under par.

Australian Story did OK (1.274 million national viewers) with an anodyne, but essentially hagiographic first part of the story of the life of Gina Rinehart. Will Part 2 next week go into her appalling investments (and odd views on the media and Australia) in Fairfax Media and the Ten Network? Especially the latter, where she has been a heavy loser like her fellow billionaires, James Packer, Bruce Gordon and especially Lachlan Murdoch. Having a lot of money doesn’t necessarily guarantee success at everything.

In the mornings it was good to have Virginia Triioli reunited with Michael Rowland on News Breakfast. Trioli did a solid, tough and even handed interview with Amanda Vanstone this morning over the PM’s Q&A ban and then on the mafia allegations and Vanstone’s decision a decade ago to let an alleged Mafia figure stay in the country after her predecessor, Phillip Ruddock had ordered his deportation.

Q&A managed 986,000 national viewers without Barnaby Joyce and any other government frontbenchers. That’s two weeks in a row the program has survived without Tony Abbott’s collection of front bench hacks. There’s a trend here — will the ABC be game enough to latch on to it? And Malcolm Turnbull, it seems has put political ambition and cabinet solidarity over doing the right thing and appearing on Q&A next week. I notice that Joe Hockey didn’t ban Fairfax Media from any of his press conferences and briefings while he has been suing them. If the ABC was still broadcasting The New Inventors, Tony Abbott would be a prime contender with his seemingly never ending ability to confect and invent new reasons for some of his decisions and his fibbing, starting with the Captain’s Call. That is still the Tom Brown’s Schooldays classic of them all.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (29.3%)
  2. Seven (27.6%)
  3. Ten (19.1%)
  4. ABC (18.9%)
  5. SBS (5.0%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (22.7%)
  2. Seven (16.9%)
  3. Ten (15.1%)
  4. ABC (14.6%)
  5. SBS ONE (4.5%)

Top digital channels:

  1. 7TWO (7.5%)
  2. GO (3.5%)
  3. Gem (3.2%)
  4. ABC 2, 7mate (3.1%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. The Voice (Nine) — 2.014 million
  2. Nine News — 1.782 million
  3. House Rules (Seven) — 1.629 million
  4. Lip Synch Battle (Nine) – 1.524 million
  5. Masterchef Australia (Ten) — 1.425 million
  6. Seven News — 1.344 million
  7. ABC News — 1.321 million
  8. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.281 million
  9. Australian Story (ABC) — 1.274 million
  10. Four Corners (ABC) — 1.167 million

Top metro programs:

  1. The Voice (Nine) — 1.473 million
  2. Nine News — 1.261 million
  3. Nine News 6.30 — 1.157 million
  4. Masterchef Australia (Ten) — 1.102 million
  5. LipSynch Battle (Nine) — 1.087 million
  6. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.026 million
  7. Seven News — 1.024 million

Losers: House Rules in the metros, Masterchef (and Nine) in the regionals. Q&A viewers were winners with the discussion last night not missing or needing any input from government front or backbenchers for a second Monday night in a row.Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News — 1.261 million
  2. Nine News 6.30 — 1.157 million
  3. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.026 million
  4. Seven News — 1.024 million
  5. Seven News/Today Tonight — 980,000
  6. ABC News — 928,000
  7. Australian Story (ABC) — 862,000
  8. Four Corners (ABC) — 801,000
  9. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 779,000
  10. 7.30 (ABC) — 750,000

Morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 299,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 242,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) — 174,000
  4. Mornings (Nine) — 125,000
  5. News Breakfast (ABC 1, 81,000 + 43,000 on News 24) — 124,000
  6. Studio 1o (Ten) — 53,000

Top pay TV channels:

  1. Fox Sports 1 (2.6%)
  2. LifeStyle (2.0%)
  3. TVHITS, Fox Footy (1.7%)
  4. Fox8, UKTV (1.7%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. NRL: Wests v Parramatta (Fox Sports 1) – 238,000
  2. Monday Night With Matty Johns (Fox Sports 1) – 122,000
  3. AFL: 360 (Fox Footy) — 120,000
  4. AFL: on The Couch (Fox Footy) – 98,000
  5. AFL: Open Mike (Fox Footy) — 93,000

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