The first seven programs in metro markets last night were news and current affairs broadcasts that ended by 8pm. Then the night was yours to do what you may and a shrinking group of viewers remained glued to their sets and others did a bit of slip sliding away.

Nationally the top four programs were news and current programs and all had a million or more viewers (Seven News was the only program in the metros with a million or more viewers). Summer is here with a vengeance and some of the national figures would be seen as more than OK for metro audiences: 7.30 for example had 933,000 national viewers, the 7pm ABC News had 1.097 million national viewers and Seven News/Today Tonight had 1.021 million which would be a top 10 finish in prime time in winter. The one off Weekly With Charlie Pickering managed 888,000 national and 592,000 metro viewers, which was solid. If anyone is interested, Nine won the metros, Seven won the regions and Santa is another sleep closer. SBS continues to stand out with its audience up sharply, continuing what has been its best year for some time, ad breaks and all. Fargo ended with 251,000 national viewers.

Tonight the Big Bash tip and run starts on Ten and at least we will have some competitive cricket — unlike what we saw in Hobart and will see in Melbourne and Sydney.

 

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (28.2%)
  2. Seven (25.6%)
  3. Ten (19.3%)
  4. ABC (18.0%)
  5. SBS (8.9%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (18.9%)
  2. Seven (17.0%)
  3. Ten (13.2%)
  4. ABC (12.4%)
  5. SBS ONE (5.7%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO (5.1%)
  2. GO(3.7%)
  3. Eleven (3.6%)
  4. 7mate (3.5%)
  5. Gem (3.0%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Nine News — 1.368 million
  2. Seven News — 1.317 million
  3. ABC News — 1.097 million
  4. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 1.021 million
  5. Better Homes and Gardens – Countdown to Christmas (Seven) — 936,000
  6. Nine News (6.30) — 934,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 933,000
  8. Highway Patrol repeat (Seven) — 932,000
  9. The Chase Australia – Summer (Seven) — 914,000
  10. A Current Affair (Nine) — 888,000

Top metro programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.042 million

Losers: …. Snore…zzz… what…. are we there yet? Is it Santa’s Day?Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 1.042 million
  2. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 983,000
  3. Nine News — 983,000
  4. Nine News (6.30pm) — 934,000
  5. ABC News – 752,000
  6. A Current Affair (Nine) – 742,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 626,000
  8. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 527,000
  9. Ten Eyewitness News — 515,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 409,000

Morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 312,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 312,000
  3. News Breakfast (ABC 1,  98,000 + 50,000 on News 24) — 148,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) — 147,000
  5. Mornings (Nine) — 100,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 77,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox 8  (3.6%)
  2. LifeStyle,TV Hits  (2.4%)
  3. UKTV  (2.3%)
  4. Nick Jr, Disney Jr  (1.9%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. The Simpsons (Fox8) — 104,000
  2. The Simpsons (Fox8) – 90,000
  3. The Simpsons (Fox8) – 83,000
  4. The Simpsons (Fox8) – 76,000
  5. Family Guy (Fox8) — 74,000

 

*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

Get your first 12 weeks of Crikey for $12.

Without subscribers, Crikey can’t do what it does. Fortunately, our support base is growing.

Every day, Crikey aims to bring new and challenging insights into politics, business, national affairs, media and society. We lift up the rocks that other news media largely ignore. Without your support, more of those rocks – and the secrets beneath them — will remain lodged in the dirt.

Join today and get your first 12 weeks of Crikey for just $12.

 

Peter Fray
Editor-in-chief of Crikey

JOIN NOW