A week ago Seven asked in a promotion for last night’s Grand Final of House Rules, "What are 3 million Aussies doing next Monday night?" Well, one million didn’t turn up and the Winner's Announcement could only get to 1.998 million viewers across the nation  (let’s call it 2 million) -- the Grand Final itself got to 1.756 million.  Both were still not too bad, but the end result nationally was again driven by strong support from regional viewers. The Winner’s Announcement of House Rules had 1.295 million metro viewers and a massive 704,000 in the regions, while the Grand Final had an average of 1.097million national viewers and a very tasty 659,000 regional viewers. From these figures and those for the 2014 season it is clear this one was a) hurt by Nine’s silly spoiler, Reno Rumble (which cost Nine money), and b) saved from being a complete flop by the very strong and continuing support of regional viewers. Will Seven repay them in some way, or take their support for granted? And finally, the TV guides had the grand final down as lasting 2 hours. Instead it lasted more than two hours and two minutes -- time to run a decent marathon and win a medal at a title somewhere (if the Kenyans and other Africans were having the day off). It was an endurance test. But that wasn’t enough to win the night in the metros, but it did in the regions. I hate to sound like Charles Dickens but last night’s TV viewing was a bit like a Tale of Two Cities (in this case, markets). In fat luxurious metro markets, Nine battled home just ahead of Seven and the House Rules marathon. But as has been so evident this year, it was a very, very different story in the regionals with Seven winning with ridiculous ease (compared to the narrowness of Nine’s metro win). Q&A last night (1.085 million metro viewers) seems to have solved the problem of not having government members on the panel -- just hire Alan Jones. No, wait, he can do a pretty good imitation of a Green and Labor member, not to mention a National party hayseed -- so just have Al and Tony Jones covering the gamut of Australian public opinion.  Like eating Australian lamb, you know it makes sense, Sorry Big Sam. Network channel share:
  1. Nine (29.5%)
  2. Seven (27.4%)
  3. ABC (19.1%)
  4. Ten (18.6%)
  5. SBS (5.5%)
Network main channels:
  1. Nine (22.4%)
  2. Seven (21.1%)
  3. ABC (14.9%)
  4. Ten (14.3)
  5. SBS ONE (4.7%)
Top digital channels: 
  1. GO (4.4%)
  2. 7TWO (3.6%)
  3. Gem, ABC 1 (2.7%)
  4. 7mate (2.6%)
Top 10 national programs:
  1. House Rules Winner (Seven) -- 1.998 million
  2. The Voice (Nine) -- 1.911 million
  3. Nine News -- 1.794 million
  4. House Rules Grand Final (Seven) -- 1.756 million
  5. Masterchef Australia (Ten) -- 1.430 million
  6. Seven News -- 1.397 million
  7. Home and Away (Seven) -- 1.383 million
  8. A Current Affair (Nine) -- 1.312 million
  9. Nine News 6.30 -- 1.247 million
  10. ABC News -- 1.227 million
Top metro programs:
  1. The Voice (Nine) -- 1.362 million
  2. Nine News -- 1.300 million
  3. House Rules Winner (Seven) -- 1.295 million
  4. Nine News 6.30 -- 1.247 million
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) -- 1.116 million
  6. House Rules Grand Final (Seven) -- 1.097 million
  7. Masterchef Australia (Ten) -- 1.070 million
  8. Seven News -- 1.061 million
  9. Seven News/ Today Tonight -- 1.034 million
Losers:  Again there was enough on offer for most TV viewers.Metro news and current affairs:
  1. Nine News -- 1.300 million
  2. Nine News 6.30 -- 1.247 million
  3. A Current Affair (Nine) -- 1.116 million
  4. Seven News -- 1.061 million
  5. Seven News/Today Tonight -- 1.034 million
  6. 7pm ABC 1 News  -- 855,000
  7. Q&A (ABC 1) -- 776,000
  8. Australian Story (ABC 1) -- 746,000
  9. The Project 7pm (Ten) -- 734,000
  10. Media Watch (ABC 1) -- 720,000
Morning TV:
  1. Sunrise (Seven) -- 344,000
  2. Today (Nine) -- 322,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) -- 167,000
  4. News Breakfast (ABC 1,  91,000 + 58,000 on News 24) -- 149,000
  5. Mornings (Nine) -- 125,000
  6. Studio 1o (Ten) -- 49,000
Top five pay TV channels:
  1. Fox  Sports 1  (2.9%)
  2. Fox Sports 4 (2.3%)
  3. LifeStyle  (2.1%)
  4. Fox 8, Disney, UKTV (1.7%)
Top five pay TV programs:
  1. NRL: Manly v Nth Qld  (Fox Sports 1) -- 238,000
  2. Monday Night With Matty Johns (Fox Sports 1) -- 126,000
  3. AFL: 360 (Fox Footy) -- 110,000
  4. AFL: On The Couch (Fox Footy) -- 88,000
  5. Dog With A Blog: Stan Has Puppies (Disney) -- 80,000
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