A close night in the metros, but Nine eventually prevailed. In the regions it was a different story as Seven won easily. Ten was fourth in both areas, with the ABC and its strong news and current affairs line up in third. The Block had a solid night with 1.421 million national viewers for Nine, but its second place in the metros with 1.078 million viewers, was let down by just 343,000 regional viewers. A better regional performance would have seen a top spot nationally last night. By way of contrast, The X Factor on Seven jumped from 1.028 million metro viewers and fourth ranking to top spot nationally with 560,000 regional viewers, just behind the 572,000 for Home and Away. 

Seven News did better at 6pm than Nine did because the 5.30 bit of The Chase Australia beat Nine’s Hot Seat with 619,000 metro viewers to 528,000. That narrowed Nine’s winning margin at 6 pm on the East Coast and expanded Seven’s winning margins in Adelaide and Perth. And in the morning, close between Sunrise, which edged out Today by just 5000 metro viewers (it was a larger gap nationally). And that was the night, apart from the strong showing by the ABC with the 7pm News, 7.30, Australian Story and Four Corners all top 10 finishers nationally.

And in the early hours of yesterday morning (very early) around 350,000 people watched the Wallabies scrape home against Scotland in the Rugby World Cup: 186,000 on Nine’s Gem digital channel and 163,000 on Fox Sports.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (28.8%)
  2. Nine (27.3%)
  3. ABC (21.0%)
  4. Ten (17.7%)
  5. SBS (5.2%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (19.9%)
  2. Nine (19.8%)
  3. ABC (17.1%)
  4. Ten (11.5%)
  5. SBS ONE (3.9%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO (5.8%)
  2. GO (3.8%)
  3. 7mate (3.2%)
  4. GO (3.1%)
  5. ONE (3.0%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. The X Factor (Seven) — 1.588 million
  2. The Block (Nine) — 1.421 million
  3. Nine News — 1.394 million
  4. Seven News — 1.339 million
  5. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.321 million
  6. ABC News — 1.276 million
  7. Four Corners (ABC) — 1.201 million
  8. 7.30 (ABC) — 1.190 million
  9. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.190 million
  10. Australian Story (ABC) — 1.155 million

Top metro programs:

  1. Nine News 6.30 — 1.091 million
  2. The Block (Nine) — 1.078 million
  3. Seven News — 1.037 million
  4. The X Factor (Seven) — 1.028 million
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.014 million

Losers: No one really.Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News 6.30 — 1.091 million
  2. Seven News — 1.037 million
  3. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.014 million
  4. Seven News/Today Tonight — 989,000
  5. Nine News  — 984,000
  6. ABC News – 905,000
  7. Four Corners (ABC) — 855,000
  8. 7.30 (ABC) — 852,000
  9. Australian Story (ABC) — 817,000
  10. Media Watch (ABC) — 752,000

Morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 310,000
  2. Today (Nine) — 305,000
  3. News Breakfast (ABC 1,  100,000 + 56,000 on News 24) — 156,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) — 113,000
  5. Mornings (Nine) — 110,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 59,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox Sports 2 (2.5%)
  2. Fox 8  (2.0%)
  3. LifeStyle  (2.0%)
  4. UKTV (1.9%)
  5. Nick Jr  (1.8%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Rugby World Cup: Australia v Scotland (Fox Sports 1) – 163,000
  2. The Walking Dead (FX) — 65,000
  3. Father Brown (UKTV) — 63,000
  4. Peppa Pig (Nick Jr) – 58,000
  5. Eastenders (UKTV) – 58,000

*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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