Summer is upon us. The first six programs in the metro most watched list night were news and current affairs broadcasts on Nine, Seven and the ABC from 6-7.30pm. The first non-news program was Nine’s RBT at nummber 7 — that tells us it was a boring night of TV, no matter where viewers went for solace. Nine won the metros narrowly, especially the demos, Seven won the regionals.

In the morning Today had a big metro win over Sunrise  — 347,000 to 332,000 — but nationally, Sunrise prevailed again and Studio 10, Ten’s almost forgotten morning TV show (up against Mornings on Nine and The Morning Show in Seven) continues to make small but solid gains . This week has seen it rate consistently around 70,000 or more (78,000 yesterday morning). It’s not much, but the gains (from a very low base) are double digit in the past year.

Seven News in Sydney beat Nine News at 6pm, 249,000 to 22,888, but lost Melbourne and Brisbane. Seven won Adelaide and Perth and topped the metros as a result, with Nine News second. The Verdict, sans Karl Stefanovic had 634,000 national (419,000 metro/215,000 regional) with 60 Minutes’ Michael Usher in the chair. It was the third highest audience so far, but the program was yet another disorganised mess at times. It needs discipline. The conflict is invented, the issues at times conflated and the whole program has an unreal air about it. Like Karl Stefanovic, Michael usher is not a host – he is an old fashioned door kicker. Peter Stefanovic would be a better bet.

 

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (28.1%)
  2. Seven (28.0%)
  3. Ten (21.6%)
  4. ABC (16.8%)
  5. SBS (5.6%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (18.8%)
  2. Nine (17.6%)
  3. Ten (14.6%)
  4. ABC (12.1%)
  5. SBS ONE (4.4%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. GO (6.6%)
  2. 7TWO (5.5%)
  3. Eleven (4.2%)
  4. Gem (3.9%)
  5. 7mate (3.7%)

 Top 10 national programs:

  1. Nine News — 1.270 million
  2. Seven News — 1.223 million
  3. ABC News — 1.192 million
  4. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.172 million
  5. RBT (Nine) — 1.147 million
  6. 7.30 (ABC) — 1.082 million
  7. RBT rpt (Nine) — 1.058 million
  8. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 975,000
  9. A Current Affair (Nine) — 955,000
  10. Surveillance Oz Dashcam (Seven) — 932,000

Top metro programs: No one program with a million or more metro viewers.

Losers: Viewers generally. A weak night. A total of 32.7% of the FTA audience last night watched the 11 digital channels and not the main channels. That combined audience was much larger than the average audience for the main channels. That tells us viewers didn’t really want to watch the expensive (advertising cost) main channels.Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 966,000
  2. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 919,000
  3. Nine News — 911,000
  4. Nine News (6.30pm) — 878,000
  5. ABC News – 830,000
  6. A Current Affair (Nine) – 965,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 742,000
  8. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 539,000
  9. Ten Eyewitness News — 442,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 419,000

Morning TV:

  1. Today (Nine) – 347,000
  2. Sunrise (Seven) – 332,000
  3. News Breakfast (ABC 1,  99,000 + 70,000 on News 24) — 169,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) — 137,000
  5. Mornings (Nine) — 115,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 78,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. LifeStyle  (2.5%)
  2. Fox 8  (2.3%)
  3. TVHITS  (2.2%)
  4. UKTV (1.8%)
  5. Nick Jr (1.5%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Grand Designs Australia (LifeStyle) – 74,000
  2. The Simpsons (Fox8) — 62,000
  3. A League: Melbourne City v Central Cost (Fox Sports 4) — 61,000
  4. Alvin!!! And The Chipmunks (Nick jr) — 60,000
  5. Paw Patrol (Nick Jr) – 53,000

*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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