Ratings were confused last night by the specials on the Paris killings. So the Second Test cricket from Perth (the very strong Kiwi fightback) pushed Nine to a win on the night. The batting was fabulous, as good as David Warner’s assault on Friday. Nine won the metros easily and it was almost a draw in the regions between Seven and Nine. Preliminary figures show the final session had nearly 1.6 million national viewers, the second session more than 1.3 million and the first session, well over 1.1 million figures. The crowds at the games might be weak, but the TV ratings are solid.

But the switching of programs and news specials on the Paris outrages and extension of the cricket by around 37 minutes, meant some programs didn’t air, others did at different times. Ten stayed on course and gave us the Princess/Queen Mary story of how a young woman from Tasmania made it to the top of the hand waving pile in Denmark. It was OK and had 1.258 million viewers across the country — it was another version of TBL Families, with Mary being  the big winner! The most interesting reaction was the front cover of New Idea this morning (a Seven West Media publication) which claimed Mary had fled the palace over the TV program. If that’s the case, I think she showed good taste — the Mary story is a decade old.

The ABC News last night told us an important story. The man anchoring the national part of the state-based news which covered the outrages in Paris was Michael Rowland, the co-host of News Breakfast. In terms of the male big beast ranking sat the ABC (which is closely watched internally) it means there are no other male journalists capable of anchoring such coverage (Well, maybe Tony Jones, but he is off on tonight’s Q&A and Lateline). Rowland did well and underlined his growth as a host and the strong gains he and co-host Virginia Trioli are racking up Monday to Friday, with the help of the rest of the News Breakfast team. If the ABC had gone for a female presenter, then Leigh Sales, Emma Alberici or Sarah Ferguson would have been up for selection.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (31.0%)
  2. Seven (26.1.%)
  3. Ten (23.1%)
  4. ABC (13.5%)
  5. SBS (6.3%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (21.0%)
  2. Seven (18.5%)
  3. Ten (17.1%)
  4. ABC (9.4%)
  5. SBS ONE (5.1%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. GO (5.7%)
  2. Gem (4.3%)
  3. 7TWO (3.9%)
  4. 7mate (3.7%)
  5. ONE (3.5%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.708 million
  2. Sunday Night (Seven) — 1.835 million
  3. Nine News 1.595 million
  4. Second Cricket Test Aust v NZ, Day 3, Session 3 (Nine) — 1.583 million
  5. Mary: Making of a Princess (Ten) — 1.258 million
  6. Second Cricket Test Aust v NZ, Day 3, Session 2 (Nine) — 1.303 million
  7. Seven News Special 1.233 million
  8. Nine News Special (Day) — 1.153 million
  9. Second Cricket Test Aust v NZ, Day 1, Session 3 (Nine) — 1.145 million
  10. ABC News — 1.118 million

Top metro programs:

  1. Nine News — 1.204 million
  2. Seven News — 1.151 million
  3. Second Cricket Test Aust v NZ, session 3 (Nine) — 1.096 million
  4. Sunday Night (Seven) — 1.085 million

Losers: No one really. A confused night because of the news specials and the test cricket running overtime (partly due to the silly sight screen failure in the first few minutes of play yesterday).

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News — 1.204 million
  2. Sunday Night (Seven) — 1.085 million
  3. Nine News Special — 791,000
  4. Seven News Paris Special 711,000
  5. ABC News – 753,000
  6. Ten Eyewitness News — 431,000
  7. SBS World News — 202,000

Morning TV:

  1. Insiders (ABC, 292,000); News 24, 147,000) — 439,000
  2. Weekend Sunrise (Seven) – 406,000
  3. Weekend Today (Nine) – 346,000
  4. Offsiders (ABC) — 193,000
  5. The Bolt Report (Ten) — 151,000

Top five pay TV channels: * (Other subscription channels topped the day with a share of 2.4%, but that is across a number of channel, not just one)

  1. LifeStyle  (2.0%)
  2. TVHITS, Fox8  (1.8%)
  3. Foxtel Movies Premiere (1.6%)
  4. Sky News  (1.5%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. A Place To Call Home (SoHo) – 178,000
  2. Dumb and Dumber To (Foxtel Movies Premiere) — 64,000
  3. Goldie & Bear (Disney Jr) — 59,000
  4. Peppa Pig (Nick Jr) – 56,000
  5. Peppa Pig (Nick Jr) – 56,000

*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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