Oh, nooooo. Just when you thought you’d seen the end last night of Seven’s parade of animal-centric programs making you laugh out loud, twitter, chortle, chuckle, belly laugh, or just smile gently in an ironic, but amused fashion, along comes Cats That Make You laugh Out Loud, part two. Yes, the sequel to the original hit (which was topped by those dogs that made us chortle). Last night’s Animals That Make Us Laugh Out Loud helped Seven remain competitive by gathering 1.493 million national viewers (second most watched program nationally. But in reality it was a weak night of TV ahead of the September push starting next week across all networks. Home and Away was again solid nationally with 1.306 million viewers. But in the metros, it again underperformed with 789,000 viewers, which is well under what it was getting earlier in the year.

Seven was a narrow overall winner in the metros. Nine was a clear winner in the main channels in metro markets. In the regions however, Seven was a very solid winner, well ahead of Nine.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (27.6%)
  2. Nine (27.3%)
  3. Ten (20.6%)
  4. ABC (18.5%)
  5. SBS (6.0%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (19.1%)
  2. Seven (17.4%)
  3. Ten (14.6%)
  4. ABC (13.7%)
  5. SBS ONE (5.0%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7mate (5.4%)
  2. 7TWO (4.8%)
  3. GO, Gem (4.1%)
  4. ONE (3.3%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1.  Nine News (6.30) — 1.549 million
  2. Animals That Make You laugh Out Loud (Seven) — 1.493 million
  3. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.306 million
  4. 7pm ABC News  – 1.295 million
  5. Seven News — 1.224 million
  6. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.170 million
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 1.144 million
  8. Nine News (6.30) — 1.144 million
  9. The Hotplate (Nine) — 1.129 million
  10. Restoration Australia (ABC) — 1.113 million

Top metro programs:

  1. Nine News (6.30) — 1.144 million
  2. Nine News — 1.137 million

Losers: Viewers. Foyle’s War on 7TWO (369,000 national viewers) was again top notch, even though it’s a decade or more old.Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News (6.30) — 1.144 million
  2. Nine News — 1.137 million
  3. Seven News/Today Tonight — 998,000
  4. A Current Affair (Nine) — 996,000
  5. Seven News – 957,000
  6. 7pm ABC News – 886,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 803,000
  8. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 688,000
  9. Foreign Correspondent (ABC) — 665,000
  10. Ten Eyewitness News — 544,000

Morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 331,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 322,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) — 142,000
  4. News Breakfast (ABC 1,  94,000 + 43,000 on News 24) — 137,000
  5. Mornings (Nine) — 121,000
  6. Studio 1o (Ten) — 60,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox 8  (2.8%)
  2. LifeStyle  (2.1%)
  3. UKTV (1.9%)
  4. TVHITS (1.7%)
  5. Fox Classics, Universal, Arena (1.6%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. The Simpsons (Fox8) – 95,000
  2. Back Page (Fox Sports 1) – 91,000
  3. The Simpsons (Fox8) – 88,000
  4. AFL: 360 (Fox Footy) – 82,000
  5. AFL: Dan Menzel — A Long Way Home (Fox Footy) – 80,000

*Data © OzTAM Pty Limited 2013. 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.

Peter Fray

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