Nine won the metros and the regionals last night, thanks to The Voice.  It managed 1.957 million viewers, which was short of the usual 2 million viewer mark nationally. It was a final and should have done a lot better than that. Seven struggled, but the News (1.924 million national viewers) and Sunday Night (1.470 million national viewers) did well. Ten was pushed into fourth spot by the ABC in both the metros and regions. Ten still had a solid share of the 16 to 39s, but Nine scooped up the demos for the night, thanks to The Voice and 60 Minutes (1.325 million).

And a big well done for Landline on the plight of regional AFL teams in Victoria. A fine, sensitive report that gave us a very good idea of the centrality of football in regional areas. Now for an NRL team, and one on cricket and netball and hockey because they all play a part as well. Landline had 447,000 national viewers, deserved a lot more. Earlier in the morning, Insiders again dominated with 532,000 national viewers (331,000 in the metros), more than doubling The Bolt Report’s 238,000 national and 153,000 metro viewers. Too much self justification on Bolt, from Bolt, about Bolt, and not enough explanation about what is going on, which is Insiders’ great strength. If Andrew Bolt didn’t try and prove how clever he is in every part of the program, it could be interesting if he asked his talent to talk about issues. The ABC’s Offsiders with 220,000 clearly beat the first half hour of The Bolt Report in the metros and the regionals. The winning margin was much larger than usual (and no one tuned into Offsiders for the Test cricket, did they?)

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (32.6%)
  2. Seven (27.8%)
  3. ABC (16.2%)
  4. Ten (14.6%)
  5. SBS (8.7%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (27.5%)
  2. Seven (19.0%)
  3. ABC (11.9%)
  4. Ten (9.0%)
  5. SBS ONE (7.4%)

Top 5 digital channels:

  1. 7mate (5.5%)
  2. 7TWO, Go (3.0%)
  3. GO (2.6%)
  4. Gem (2.5%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. The Voice (Nine)  – 1.957 million
  2. Seven News — 1.924 million
  3. Nine News — 1.835 million
  4. Sunday Night (Seven) – 1.470 million
  5. Grand Designs (ABC) — 1.449 million
  6. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 1.325 million
  7. ABC News — 1.202 million
  8. Dancing With The Stars (Seven) — 1.114 million
  9. The Politician’s Husband (ABC) — 882,000
  10. Gold Coast Cops (Ten) — 665,000

Top metro programs:

  1. The Voice (Nine) — 1.404 million
  2. Nine News — 1.291 million
  3. Seven News — 1.276 million

Losers: just a weak night – even The Voice seemed a bit dull last night.Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News — 1.291 million
  2. Seven News — 1.276 million
  3. 60 Minutes (Nine) – 936,000
  4. Sunday Night (Seven) — 895,000
  5. ABC News — 777,000
  6. Ten Eyewitness News — 458,000
  7. SBS World News — 207,000

Morning TV:

  1. Insiders (ABC 277,000, 54,000 on News 24) — 331,000
  2. Weekend Sunrise (Seven) – 307,000
  3. Landline (ABC) — 262,000
  4. Weekend Today (Nine) – 255,000
  5. Offsiders (ABC) — 220,000
  6. The Bolt Report (Ten) — 153,000

Top pay TV channels:

  1. Fox Footy (4.1%)
  2. Fox Sports 3 (2.4%)
  3. UKTV, Foxtel Movies Premiere, Fox8 (1.9%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. AFL: Melbourne v North Melbourne (Fox Footy) — 158,000
  2. AFL: St Kilda v Fremantle (Fox Footy) — 142,000
  3. NRL: Melbourne v Gold Coast (Fox Sports 1) — 130,000
  4. AFL: GWS v Essendon (Fox Sports 3) — 899000
  5. The Equalizer (Foxtel Movies Premiere) — 98,000

*Data © OzTAM Pty Limited 2014. The data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) in whole or in part, without the prior written consent of OzTAM. (All shares on the basis of combined overnight 6pm to midnight all people.) and network reports.

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