Seven’s night and week thanks to My Kitchen Rules (which found a new couple to hate) which last night was assisted the second outing of First Dates which added to last week’s solid first up effort, and support from Home and Away (thanks Brax, Seven’s go to lad, next, can he host the faltering Sunrise?) and Seven News. I’m A Celebrity hung in for Ten, and Nine struggled after 7.30pm.

MKR managed 2.172 million national viewers and 1.544 million metros. Home and Away was second nationally with 1.311 million nationally and First Dates was on 1.274 million: that’s up 30,000 on its opening. Celebrity managed 10th spot nationally with 967,000. Apart from the News, Nine’s best was a repeat of The Big Bang Theory with 1.060 million national viewers.

In regional markets the five most watched programs were MKR with 629,000, Home and Away with 461,000, First Dates with 397,000. The Chase Australia (5.30pm), 363,000, and fifth was The Big Bang Theory repeat with 350,000

The Weakly with Charlie Pickering averaged 766,000 national viewers and 517,000 in the metros. It is not The Weekly so far as I am concerned and is back to the level of its weak start last year.

Seven won total people, and the demos in the metros and the regions. But Today scored another solid win over Sunrise in the metros, 363,000 to 332,000. Momentum is shifting, despite the set change at Sunrise, where the extra people on the set look a worry.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (34.0%)
  2. Nine (26.3%)
  3. Ten (16.7%)
  4. ABC (16.4%)
  5. SBS (6.6%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (28.3%)
  2. Nine (17.8%)
  3. Ten (12.6%)
  4. ABC (11.2%)
  5. SBS ONE (4.9%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. GO (4.0%)
  2. ABC 2 (3.5%)
  3. 7TWO, Gem (3.2%)
  4. 7mate, Eleven (2.4%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. MKR (Seven) — 2.172 million
  2. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.311 million
  3. First Dates (Seven) — 1.274 million
  4. Nine News — 1.249 million
  5. Seven News — 1.233 million
  6. ABC News — 1.107 million
  7. The Big Bang Theory repeat (Nine) — 1.060 million
  8. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 1.003 million
  9. A Current Affair (Nine) — 987,000
  10. I’m A Celebrity get Me Out Of Here (Ten) — 967,000

Top metro programs:

  1. MKR (Seven) — 1.544 million

Losers: The Weakly With Charlie Pickering. People who didn’t watch First Dates: it is not a confected meat market like The Bachelorette and The Bachelor, it is more modest and more endearing (and we have all been on first dates, haven’t we?)Metro news and current affairs:

  1.  Seven News — 972,000
  2.  Seven News/Today Tonight — 953,000
  3. Nine News — 909,000
  4. Nine News (6.30pm) — 892,000
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) – 826,000
  6. 7pm ABC News – 788,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 607,000
  8. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 547,000
  9. Ten Eyewitness News — 492,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 450,000

Morning TV:

  1. Today (Nine) – 363,00
  2. Sunrise (Seven) – 332,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) — 142,000
  4. News Breakfast (ABC 1,  91,000 + 50,000 on News 24) — 141,000
  5. Today Extra (Nine) — 129,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 90,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. LifeStyle (2.5%)
  2. Fox 8  (2.3%)
  3. TVHITS  (2.0%)
  4. UKTV (1.7%)
  5. Fox Classics (1.6%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Selling Houses Australia (LifeStyle) – 120,000
  2. The Flash (Fox8) — 80,000
  3. The Day Henry Met (Nick Jr) — 52,000
  4. Coronation Street (UKTV) – 50,000
  5. The Young And The Restless (Arena) – 49,000

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