Nine won the metros overall, but Ten won the main channels thanks to The Bachelorette and the appalling figures for the debut of the Seven series Heroes Reborn. In the regions though, Seven won, as The Bachelorette didn’t get traction (nor did it in Brisbane for that matter). The Bachelorette was the most watched program outside Seven and Nine News last night nationally with 1.278 million viewers.

Heroes Reborn could only manager 668,000 national viewers, including a very weak 444,000 in the more amenable metro markets. It couldn’t even beat the weak Celebrity Apprentice on Nine, which had 850,000 national viewers, including a very weak 593,000 in the metros.

In the 5.30pm battle in the metros, Hot Seat won by 8000 over The Chase Australia (but the positions were reversed nationally). That, however, was a narrow enough margin to give Seven News another win at 6pm and top of the list as the most watched program on TV in the metros last night. Besides the big wins in Adelaide and Perth, Seven News had rare good win in Melbourne over Nine News, 330,000 to 306,000. That reversed the loss in Sydney to Nine, 268,000 to 303,000. Nine News was more watched nationally and topped the national rankings.

Today moved in front of Sunrise in metro markets, 339,000 to 306,000 for the first time this week on its tripping round Australia stunt tour. Sunrise wasn’t helped by its Justin Bieber concert from an island in Sydney Harbour yesterday morning. The positions were reversed nationally. Tonight, The Bachelorette is joined by Gogglebox Australia on Ten returning for a second series this year. Will we see the goggleboxers watching The Bachelorette and passing judgement? It’s also the final episodes of the two versions of The Footy Show on Nine — aggggghhhhhhhhhh!

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (25.6%)
  2. Seven (24.8%)
  3. Ten (23.7%)
  4. ABC (19.3%)
  5. SBS (6.5%)

Network main channels:

  1. Ten (18.0%)
  2. Nine (17.6%)
  3. Seven (15.6%)
  4. ABC (14.3%)
  5. SBS ONE (5.3%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO (6.3%)
  2. Gem (4.1%)
  3. GO (3.9%)
  4. Eleven (3.0%)
  5. 7mate (2.9%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Nine News — 1.428 million
  2. Seven News — 1.3674 million
  3. The Bachelorette (Ten) — 1.278 million
  4. Gruen Transfer (ABC) — 1.246 million
  5. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.239 million
  6. 7pm ABC News — 1.157 million
  7. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.132 million
  8. Utopia (ABC) — 1.143 million
  9. The Block (Nine) — 1.137 million
  10. Caught on Dashcam (Seven) — 1.105 million

Top metro programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.097 million
  2. Nine News 6.30 — 1.019 million
  3. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.007 million
  4. Nine News — 1.005 million

Losers: Seven’s Heroes Reborn. It was undiscovered by most of the target audience — probably because the original Heroes series ended years ago.Metro news and current affairs

  1. Seven News — 1.097 million
  2. Nine News 6.30 — 1.019 million
  3. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.007 million
  4.  Nine News — 1.005 million
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) – 954,000
  6. 7pm ABC News – 815,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 721,000
  8. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 679,000
  9. Ten Eyewitness News — 532,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 458,000

Morning TV:

  1. Today (Nine) – 339,000
  2. Sunrise (Seven) – 306,000
  3. News Breakfast (ABC1,  133,000 + 53,000 on News 24) — 166,000
  4. Mornings (Nine) — 155,000
  5. The Morning Show (Seven) — 151,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 61,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. LifeStyle  (2.9%)
  2. Fox 8  (2.4%)
  3. TVHITS  (1.9%)
  4. Disney (1.7%)
  5. UKTV (1.6%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Gogglebox Australia (LifeStyle) – 145,000
  2. AFL: 360 (Fox Footy) — 83,000
  3. Sandy Robers Presents: The Wordsmith (Fox Footy) — 73,000
  4. The Simpsons (Fox8) – 58,000
  5. The Simpsons (Fox8) – 54,000

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Peter Fray

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