I’m sorry but turf and wooden place mat thingies on MKR last night lost me and I don’t care about the deer meat, the wild bore (the program, not the main dish) and the dessert which was a mousse with ice cream and chocolate. The table manners were again rotten and everyone was dressed as though they were going to an over the top wedding — with the turf place mats to be grazed on if the courses dragged.

But I am in a minority. MKR streeted the opposition last night, again, pushing Seven to a bigger win in the metros and regions than on Monday night. Ten’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here continued to lose ground, but was popular in the demos and the audience was up on episode three of 2015. MKR averaged 2.131 million viewers including 1.533 million in the metros and the most watched program in the regionals. Celebrity managed 1.169 million national viewers: down around 300,000 or so viewers from Sunday night’s return.

MKR is only off 27,000 viewers from Monday night’s return. But MKR was clearly the most dominant program on TV last night: 440,000 more people watched it in the metros than the next most watched program, Nine’s 6pm news, and nationally MKR was watched by 662,000 more people than watched Nine’s 6pm News. And it is a very dominant winner of the viewing demos, with Celebrity a distant second. That in turn Nine is struggling after two nights.

Nine’s US movie, Grease Live  could only attract 574,000 national viewers, including 452,000 in the metros: that was for three and a half hours though from 8.30pm. That was a big ask. it should show up better in the seven day recording figures in a week’s time.

The top five regional programs last night were MKR with 598,000; Home and Away on 518,000; The Chase Australia (5.30pm), 397,000; Nine News, 372,000; ABC News, 353,000.

In the morning Sunrise’s new look couldn’t do the trick for the second morning and it slipped behind Today in the metros, 344,000 to 333,000 (Sunrise still won nationally, easily). Nine News snuck past Seven News in the metros, despite The Chaser Australia at 5.30pm again doing much better than Nine’s Hot Seat.

Tonight, Seven trots out the first of its new 2016 program ideas, First Dates, at 9pm. It’s all aimed at poisoning the ground for the likes of The Bachelor and Bachelorette on Ten.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (31.3%)
  2. Nine (25.1%)
  3. Ten (20.1%)
  4. ABC (18.6%)
  5. SBS (6.8%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (24.6%)
  2. Nine (18.0%)
  3. Ten (15.2%)
  4. ABC (12.1%)
  5. SBS ONE (4.8%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO (4.2%)
  2. GO (3.2%)
  3. ABC 2 (2.9%)
  4. 7mate. ONE (2.6%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. MKR (Seven) — 2.131 million
  2. Nine News — 1.461 million
  3. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.376 million
  4. Seven News — 1.339 million
  5. I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here (Ten) — 1.169 million
  6. ABC News — 1.148 million
  7. The Big Bang Theory (Nine) — 1.106 million
  8. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.093 million
  9. Nine News 6.30  — 1.079 million
  10. Catalyst (ABC) — 1.070 million

Top metro programs:

  1. MKR (Seven) — 1.532 million
  2. Nine News 1.093 million
  3. Nine News 6.30 — 1.079 million
  4. Seven News — 1.061 million

Losers: Anyone who didn’t like any of the offerings on TV last night is a moaner. There was something for everyone.Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News  1.093 million
  2. Nine News 6.30 — 1.079 million
  3. Seven News — 1.061 million
  4. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 977,000
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) – 928,000
  6. ABC News – 794,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 651,000
  8. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 640,000
  9. Ten Eyewitness News — 573,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 452,000

Morning TV:

  1. Today (Nine) – 344,000
  2. Sunrise (Seven) – 333,000
  3. News Breakfast (ABC 1,  111,000 + 42,000 on News 24) — 153,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) — 142,000
  5. Mornings (Nine) — 127,000
  6. Studio 1) (Ten) — 61,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox 8  (2.4%)
  2. TVHITS  (2.3%)
  3. LifeStyle  (2.0%)
  4. 111 Greats, UKTV (1.5%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. The Great British Bake-Off (LifeStyle) – 88,000
  2. The Simpsons (Fox8) – 73,000
  3. Family Guy (Fox8) — 63,000
  4. Call The Midwife (BBC First) — 61,000
  5. The Simpsons (Fox8) – 59,000

*Data © OzTAM Pty Limited 2016. 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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