A win for Nine in metros and regional markets because of the strength of the 6pm News (1.916 million national voters), The Voice (2.057 million national voters) and 60 Minutes (1.211 million national voters). Seven was weak as Dancing With The Stars (1.092 million national voters).

In the metros, Ten was just third overall, and just second in front of Seven as Masterchef’s second last final did well in metro markets with 1.389 million metro viewers. But in the regions, Masterchef Australia again failed to strike a chord (just 389,000 viewers) and the final could only manage 1.778 million national viewers. If it had enjoyed the strength of a couple of episodes last week when the audience was well above 400,000 viewers, the national performance would have been more convincing. In fact it saw Ten slip to a close fourth behind the ABC in regional areas when it deserved better.

Insiders topped the morning in both nationally and the metros — it had 534,000 national viewers on ABC and News 24, more than double the 247,000 viewers The Bolt Report had on Ten.

And it was a bit rude of Ten to revamp its senior management today, effectively pushing Hamish McLennan out of the chairmanship (not unexpected) and the CEO’s role (unexpected), effective today, before the final of Masterchef had aired tonight and he could bask in the reflected glory of a solid ratings performance tomorrow. After all a lot of the ratings improvement this year is down to him and programmer Bev McGarvey, starting with the punt they took with I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here.

A warning about tonight: the grand final of Masterchef Australia  is down to run for two and a half hours, from 7.30 to 10pm. That will be a long sitting. So you could duck away to watch the Four Corners episode on Andrew ’Twiggy” Forrest (Fortescue Metals) and then perhaps Media Watch, then back to Ten for the final half hour and not miss a beat. Helping Ten tonight will be the lack of any serious competition on Seven and Nine (perhaps a fresh episode on Nine of The Big Bang Theory). But Masterchef Australia should do much better tonight with the finale and an attractive winner who will be easily promotable.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (29.9%)
  2. Seven (23.6%)
  3. Ten (23.2%)
  4. ABC (17.2%)
  5. SBS (6.1%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (24.5%)
  2. Ten (17.9%)
  3. Seven (17.1%)
  4. ABC (12.7%)
  5. SBS ONE (4.9%)

Top digital channels: 

  1. 7mate (3.4%)
  2. 7TWO (3.1%)
  3. GO (2.9%)
  4. Eleven (2.7%)
  5. ABC2, ONE (2.6%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1.  The Voice (Nine) — 2.057 million
  2. Seven News — 1.958 million
  3. Nine News — 1.916 million
  4. Masterchef Australia (Ten) – 1.778 million
  5. ABC News — 1.300 million
  6. Grand Designs (ABC 1) — 1.247 million
  7. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 1.211 million
  8. Inspector George Gently (ABC) — 1.122 million
  9. Dancing With The Stars (Seven) — 1.092 million
  10. Sunday Night (Seven) — 973,000

Top metro programs:

  1. The Voice (Nine) — 1.472 million
  2. Nine News — 1.413 million
  3. Masterchef Australia (Ten) — 1.389 million
  4. Seven News — 1.303 million

Losers: Ten regionally, Seven in metros, but that was to be expected with The Voice on Nine and the dying embers of Masterchef Australia on Ten.Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News — 1.413 million
  2. Seven News — 1.303 million
  3. ABC News — 881,000s
  4. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 843,000
  5. Sunday Night (Seven) – 626,000
  6. Ten Eyewitness News — 436,000
  7. SBS World News — 216,000

Morning TV:

  1. Insiders (ABC 1, 293,000, 83,000 on News 24) — 376,000
  2. Weekend Sunrise (Seven) – 289,000
  3. Weekend Today (Nine) –  267,000
  4. Landline (ABC 1) — 251,000
  5. Offsiders (ABC 1) — 174,000
  6. The Bolt Report (Ten)  — 157,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox Footy (5.6%)
  2. Fox8  (2.3%)
  3. Fox Sports 1 (1.9%)
  4. Fox Sports 5  (1.9%)
  5. Fox Sports 2 (1.8%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. AFL: West Coast v Sydney (Fox Footy) – 235,000
  2. AFL: Footscray v Collingwood (Fox Footy) – 212,000
  3. NRL: Penrith v Canberra (Fox Sports 1 – 179,000
  4. F1: Hungary Grand Prix: (Fox Sports 5) – 154,000
  5. Rugby Championship: Argentina v Australia (Fox Sports 2) – 131,000

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