Seven won the night in the metros (Ten did well in the demos with the start of The Bachelorette), but in the regionals Seven won everything with another very big margin. The X Factor topped national most watched lists with 1.543 million. Nine News was tops in the metros. Ten claimed The Bachelorette was Number 1 in under 55s and Number 1 in 25 to 54s in the metros, but not nationally. Its blurb said: “Over 870,000 metro viewers” —  it was actually 875,000. But no mention of the weak 260,000 regional viewers. X Factor had 590,000 regional viewers.

Seven News’ brief pick up faded last night as the gap between the 5.30 bit of The Chase Australia and Hot Seat narrowed to  just 10,000 in favour of The Chase. So Nine News had a clear win in the metros and nationally.

Nine’s The Block and Celebrity Apprentice had weak nights — The X Factor on Seven and The Bachelorette debut on Ten had more viewers, as did 7.30, Gruen and Utopia on the ABC. Celebrity Apprentice and The Bachelorette are just rips of existing formats, no great stakes as TV programs. The Block and X Factor are now fairly mature versions of successful offshore formats (The Bachelor is an offshore format as well).

In the morning Today with 320,000 metro viewers, beat Sunrise with 295,000. Nationally Sunrise beat Today. That’s the first win for Today in the metros for some weeks. Perhaps Sunrise needs to get back on the plane?

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (29.1%)
  2. Nine (25.0%)
  3. Ten (20.4%)
  4. ABC (19.4%)
  5. SBS (6.1%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (20.5%)
  2. Nine (17.7%)
  3. Ten (14.8%)
  4. ABC (14.2%)
  5. SBS ONE (5.0%)

Top digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO (5.3%)
  2. Gem (3.8%)
  3. 7mate (3.3%)
  4. ABC 2, Eleven (3.2%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. The X Factor (Seven) — 1.543 million
  2. Nine News — 1.439 million
  3. Home and Away (Severn) — 1.292 million
  4. Gruen (ABC) — 1.265 million
  5. Seven News — 1.232 million
  6. ABC News — 1.204 million
  7. The Bachelorette (Ten) — 1.135 million
  8. Utopia (ABC) — 1.075 million
  9. 7.30 (ABC) — 1.075 million
  10. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.072 million

Top metro programs:

  1. Nine News — 1.023 million
  2. Nine News  6.30 — 1.010 million

Losers: Celebrity Apprentice and The Block — for the latter, like X Factor , the usual mid-week turn off ahead of the next big Sunday night. The Bachelorette graced our screens for the first time last night.Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News — 1.023 million
  2. Nine News 6.30 — 1.010 million
  3. Seven News — 980,000
  4. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 955,000
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) – 881,000
  6. ABC News – 834,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 735,000
  8. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 685,000
  9. Ten Eyewitness News — 518,000
  10. The Project 6.30 (Ten) — 453,000

Morning TV:

  1. Today (Nine) – 320,000
  2. Sunrise (Seven) – 295,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) — 167,000
  4. News Breakfast (ABC 1,  102,000 + 61,000 on News 24) — 163,000
  5. Mornings (Nine) — 128,000
  6. Studio 1o (Ten) — 59,000

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. AFL: 360 (Fox Footy) – 106,000
  2. The Simpsons (Fox8) – 70,000
  3. The Simpsons (Fox8 – 65,000
  4. Sterlo: On The Couch (Fox Sports 1) – 59,000
  5. Peppa Pig (Nick Jr) – 59,000

*Data © OzTAM Pty Limited 2015. 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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