Close night, but The Great Australian Spelling Bee got Ten home in the metros, with Nine second and Seven, third. So it’s another round of free Fanta’s and KFC to celebrate at the HQ in Sydney’s Pyrmont today. But in the regionals, a vastly different story — as Seven won easily, from Nine and Ten in third overall. The Spelling Bee just didn’t cut it in the regions. In fact the ABC’s main channel just nipped past Ten’s main channels in the regions, 10.4% to 10.3%. A crushing result for Ten, and one they failed to mention in this morning’s boasting about the metro win and the performance of Spelling Bee.

The second round of Cats Make You Laugh Out Loud on Seven was beaten in the metros by the winner announcement on Spelling Bee, but in the regions, Spelling Bee struggled. So that nationally, Cats ran second behind Nine News with 1.401 million, and the Spelling Bee winner segment was fifth with 1.210 million, and the rest of the Grand Final was out of the top 10 with 1.018 million viewers. Home and Away and Winners & Losers were good performers in the regions for Seven and therefore nationally, making up for weakish efforts in the metros. And me? After visiting the Cats on Seven, Spelling Bee on Ten, and being bored by The Block (and Foreign Correspondent on the ABC), I settled in for another fine episode of Foyle’s War on 7TWO I(365,000 viewers nationally)

In the morning Seven’s Sunrise with 369,000 metro viewers had one of its biggest wins over Nine’s Today (283,000) for months.

Network channel share:

  1. Ten (27.4%)
  2. Nine (26.5%)
  3. Seven (22.1%)
  4. ABC (17.7%)
  5. SBS (6.3%)

Network main channels:

  1. Ten (21.0%)
  2. Nine (20.3%)
  3. Seven (18.2%)
  4. ABC (13.2%)
  5. SBS ONE (5.2%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. Gem (4.2%)
  2. Eleven (3.3%)
  3. ONE (3.1%)
  4. ABC2 (2.9%)
  5. 7mate (2.4%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Nine News — 1.529 million
  2. Cats Make You Laugh Out Loud 2 (Seven) — 1.401 million
  3. Seven News — 1.355 million
  4. Home and Away (Seven) – 1.321 million
  5. ABC News — 1.283 million
  6. The Great Australian Spelling Bee – Winner (Ten) — 1.210 million
  7. The Block (Nine) — 1.193 million
  8. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.143 million
  9. Winners & Losers (Seven )– 1.127 million
  10. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.123 million

Top metro programs:

  1. Nine News — 1.090 million
  2. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.070 million
  3. Nine News 6.30 — 1.044 million
  4. Seven News — 1.030 million

Losers: No general appeal audience managed to get a million or more metro viewers. The 6 to 7pm News programs on Seven and Nine did, meaning it was a dull night.  Viewing of 7TWO and GO, the two main digital channels of Seven and Nine was unusually low last night.Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News — 1.090 million
  2. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 1.070 million
  3. Nine News 6.30 — 1.044 million
  4. Seven News — 1.030 million
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) – 945,000
  6. ABC News – 931,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 718,000
  8. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 690,000
  9. Ten Eyewitness News — 587,000
  10. Foreign Correspondent (ABC) — 558,000

Morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 369,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 283,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) — 152,000
  4. News Breakfast (ABC 1,  94,000 + 48,000 on News 24) — 142,000
  5. Mornings (Nine) — 111,000
  6. Studio 1o (Ten) —60,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox8  (2.4%)
  2. Fox Sports 4 (2.1%)
  3. LifeStyle  (2.0%)
  4. UKTV (1.9)
  5. TVHITS (1.8%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. AFL: 360 (Fox Footy) – 109,000
  2. Derm Presents: Cyril’s Highlight Reel (Fox Footy) – 86,000
  3. Back Page (Fox Sports 1) — 76,000
  4. The Simpsons (Fox8) – 67,000
  5. Peppa Pig (Nick Jr) – 61,000

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Peter Fray

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