The final report from Stephen McDonell in last night’s Our Man In China episode of Foreign Correspondent was a top 10 program nationally with 892,000 viewers. It deserved more. Back Roads at 8pm (and the lead into Foreign Correspondent) averaged 1.184 million nationally and was fourth nationally, and deserved that and more.

Seven News won the metros and was the most watched program last night because of a big winning margin in Perth. It also won Adelaide and Melbourne  by 1,000 viewers. The top seven programs last night in metro markets were news and current affairs programs, and eight of the top 10 were likewise. It wasn’t the most attractive night for those who wanted something a bit more mindless and entertaining.  Seven won the metros and the regionals, the ABC was third and Ten was fourth.

A sign of how mindless last night was: an episode of The Big Bang Theory on Seven’s main channel was 10th nationally with 885,000 viewers. No, technically that is a repeat because it has been on Nine’s main channel and Gem or ONE in the past. In other words, its a well-travelled, well viewed episode, and it still managed to grab close to 900,000 people across the country last night.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (28.6%)
  2. Nine (26.8%)
  3. ABC 20.3%)
  4. Ten (5.1%)
  5. SBS (9.2%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (19.0%)
  2. Nine (17.5%)
  3. ABC (13.9%)
  4.  Ten (10.3%)
  5. SBS ONE (5.1%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO (5.8%)
  2. GO (3.9%)
  3. 7mate (3.8%)
  4. ABC 2 (3.7%)
  5. ONE (2.9%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1.  Nine News — 1.266 million
  2.  Seven News — 1.189 million
  3. 7.30 (ABC) — 1.153 million
  4. Back Roads (ABC) — 1.144 million
  5. ABC News — 1.098 million
  6. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 992,000
  7. A Current Affair (Nine) — 931,000
  8. The Chase (Australia (5.30pm, Seven) — 916,000
  9. Foreign Correspondent ABC) — 892,000
  10. The Big Bang Theory (Seven, rept) — 885,000

Top metro programs: Again not one program could grab a million or more metro viewers.

Losers: anyone who failed to watch the final report on ABC TV from Stephen McDonell on last night’s Foreign Correspondent.Metro news and current affairs:

  1.  Seven News — 941,000
  2.  Seven News/Today Tonight — 941,000
  3.  Nine News — 888,000
  4. Nine News (6.30pm) — 866,000
  5. 7.30 (ABC) — 797,000
  6. 7pm ABC News —787,000
  7. A Current Affair (Nine) – 784,000
  8. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 534,000
  9. Ten Eyewitness News — 476,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 413,000

 

Morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 316,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 304,000
  3. News Breakfast (ABC 1,  102,000 + 55,000 on News 24) — 157,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) — 147,000
  5. Mornings – Summer (Nine) — 130,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 60,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox 8  (3.0%)
  2. LifeStyle  (2.3%)
  3. TVHITS  (2.2%)
  4. Nick Jr (2.0%)
  5. UKTV, A&E (1.7%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. The Simpsons (Fox8) — 90,000
  2. The Simpsons (Fox8) —86,000
  3. Keeping Up With The Kardashians (E!) — 67,000
  4. NCIS (TVHITS) — 62,000
  5. Selling Houses Australia (LifeStyle) — 60,000

 

*Data © OzTAM Pty Limited 2013. 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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