Cats, cats, cats, cats. That’s all you can read about this morning. So no cat jokes, just cat ratings. Cats Made You Laugh Out Loud also made Seven network executives cheer (and it is free Dine or Whiskas for the troops today after weeks of meetings, bowls of ratings gruel and scowls as Nine whacked Seven’s programming ideas). House Rules and Restaurant Revolution are now banished to the archives, felines are now flavour of the rating hour at Seven.

The cats had 1.567 million viewers across the country, which made it the most watched program last night with 917,000 in the metros and a very high 650,000 in the regions where viewers will watch almost anything seven serves up (well, not quite, they did abandon Restaurant Revolution because they recognised a dud, like urban viewers had). And regional viewers supported House Rules more strongly than did metro viewers and they give other programs such as My Kitchen Rules and Home and Away, plus Winners & Losers stronger support (as we saw last night) on a proportional basis than do metro viewers. The Cats were the icing on the Dine for Seven in regionals  last night — it’s why the network won by nine share points overall and five in the main channels.

The Hotplate on Nine did OK (beaten by the Cats) but the 1.132 million viewers nationally a reasonable effort. In the morning Sunrise reversed Monday’s loss to Today in the metros, 331,000 to 302,000.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (28.9%)
  2. Nine (27.3%)
  3. Ten (20.1%)
  4. ABC (16.9%)
  5. SBS (6.1%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (19.3%)
  2. Nine (18.5%)
  3. Ten (13.8%)
  4. ABC1 (12.4?%)
  5. SBS ONE (5.8%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO (5.1%)
  2. GO (4.7%)
  3. 7mate (4.5%)
  4. Gem (4.1%)
  5. ONE (3.3%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Cats Make You Laugh Out Loud (Seven) — 1.567 million
  2. Nine News — 1.537 million
  3. Home and Away — 1.334 million
  4. Seven News — 1.317 million
  5. ABC News — 1.251 million
  6. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.150 million
  7. The Hotplate (Nine) — 1.132 million
  8. Nine News 6.30 — 1.097 million
  9. Winners & Losers episode 1 (Seven) — 1.028 million
  10. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 1.005 million

Top metro programs:

  1. Nine News 1.111 million
  2. Nine News 6.30 — 1.097 million

Losers: The non-cat networks last night.

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News — 1.111 million
  2. Nine News 6.30 — 1.097 million
  3. Seven News — 996,000
  4. A Current Affair (Nine) – 994,000
  5. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 940,000
  6. ABC News – 854,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 665,000
  8. Ten Eyewitness News — 638,000
  9. The Project 7pm (ABC) — 603,000
  10. Foreign Correspondent (ABC) — 547,000

Morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 331,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 302,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) — 137,000
  4. News Breakfast (ABC 1,  100,000 + 37,000 on News 24) — 137,000
  5. Mornings (Nine) — 115,000
  6. Studio 1o (Ten) — 68,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox 8  (2.6%)
  2. TV HIT, LifeStyle  (2.2%)
  3. UKTV (1.9%)
  4. A&E (1.8%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Netball: Australia v England (Fox Sports 4) – 94,000
  2. AFL: 360 (Fox Footy) – 86,000
  3. Sofia The Firrt (Disney Jr) –  83,000
  4. Back Page (Fox Sports 1) –  78,000
  5. The Simpsons (Fox8) – 65,000

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