Seven might have won overall and the main channels, but its newly recovered 6pm news performance suffered a relapse and it was back to the bad old days with Nine News firmly on top along the East Coast. Not even another metro win by The Chase Australia at 5.30pm with 597,000 over Nine’s Hot Seat, with 560,000, could help.

Seven won the metros and the regionals, but in the metros, Nine dominated the demos thanks to The Block and The Big Bang Theory.

The X Factor now seems to be ex-growth after two weak performances in metro markets this week. The Block hasn’t been all that spiffing as well, but it has done a little better overall in the metros. In the regionals it is a very different story with Seven’s programs winning easily. Adding in the regional audiences and 800 Words was the most watched program nationally with 1.727 million viewers, with The X Factor second (up from 8th in the metros) with 1.583 million. 800 Words had 672,000 regional viewers and The X Factor 610,000. Nine could not compete with that, or with the 528,000 regional viewers who watched Home and Away and lifted it from the pack in the metros to fourth nationally.

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A week ago, Seven would have been very happy with its Tuesday night performance. Last night would have left executives perplexed.

Are metro viewers tiring of these reality programs for the year? Although the T&B on The Bachelorette meat market still has its attractions for younger viewers, as we will see tonight.

In the morning though some joy for Seven with Sunrise having a strong win with 364,000 viewers over a surprisingly weak Today on 281,000.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (30.9%)
  2. Nine (28.0%)
  3. Ten (18.8%)
  4. ABC (16.6%)
  5. SBS (5.6%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (22.3%)
  2. Nine (20.7%)
  3. ABC (13.0%)
  4.  Ten (11.7%)
  5. SBS ONE (4.6%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO (5.1%)
  2. Gem (4.4%)
  3. 7mate (3.7%)
  4. ONE (3.3%)
  5. GO (2.9%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. 800 Words (Seven) — 1.727 million
  2. The X Factor (Seven) — 1.583 million
  3. Nine News — 1.469 million
  4. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.334 million
  5. The Big Bang Theory (Nine) — 1.322 million
  6. Seven News — 1.245 million
  7. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.191 million
  8. ABC News — 1.187 million
  9. 7.30 (ABC) — 1.064 million
  10. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 1.020 million

Top metro programs:

  1. Nine News — 1.057 million
  2. 800 Words (Seven) — 1.055 million
  3. Nine News 6.30 — 1.014 million
  4. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.010 million

Losers: Not an encouraging metro performance by The X Factor (953,000), while The Block was also a little light on (924,000).Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News — 1.057 million
  2. Nine News 6.30 — 1.014 million
  3. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.010 million
  4. Seven News/Today Tonight — 970,000
  5. Seven News – 953,000
  6. ABC News – 859,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 760,000
  8. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 634,000
  9. Ten Eyewitness News — 543,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 476,000

Morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 364,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 281,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) — 150,000
  4. News Breakfast (ABC 1,  99,000 + 51,000 on News 24) — 150,000
  5. Mornings (Nine) — 89,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 67,000

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Family Guy (Fox8)  – 65,000
  2. The Simpsons (Fox8) – 63,000
  3. Peppa Pig (Nick Jr) — 58,000
  4. The Simpsons (Fox8) – 59,000
  5. Mrs Brown’s Boys (UKTV) — 54,000

*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.

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