Without My Kitchen Rules in the line up, Seven should have run second or even third (Ten had I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here in its line up without opposition). But Seven won, thanks mostly to the movie Captain AmericaThe Winter Soldier, which averaged 461,000 metro and 656,000 national viewers for three long hours from 8.30pm, with assists from Home and Away and strong showings by the 5.30pm bit of The Chase Australia, the 6pm News and the News/Today Tonight, which did surprisingly well in some of the younger demos. Seven won the metros, but won the regionals by a narrower margin.

Seven News won Sydney, 252,000 to 242,000 for Nine News and the metros, along with Seven News/Today Tonight, which finished second. That was down to a strong showing by The Chase Australia at 5.30pm which averaged 582,000 metro viewers, easily beating Hot Seat and Eddie McGuire with 429,000. Nine’s Inside Story at 7.30 – 481,000 and beaten by 7.30 (661), Home and Away (742,000) and Celebrity on Ten with 721,000.

The top five programs in the regionals were: Home and Away (Seven) on 462,000, The Chase Australia (Seven, 5.30pm), 351,000, ABC News 341,000, Nine News, 321,000, I’m A Celebrity (Ten), 321,000.

In the morning Today beat Sunrise by a big margin — 331,000 to 286,000 in the metros — that Sunrise set. It looks very US morning TV, not Australian. nationally Sunrise run with 504,000 viewers, a slim 11,000 in front of Today.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (28.0%)
  2. Nine (26.0%)
  3. Ten (20.5%)
  4. ABC (18.5%)
  5. SBS (6.9%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (19.6%)
  2. Nine (17.4%)
  3. Ten (15.4%)
  4. ABC (13.3%)
  5. SBS ONE (4.5%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO (4.9%)
  2. 7mate (3.5%)
  3. GO (3.4%)
  4. ABC 2 (3.1%)
  5. ONE (3.0%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Nine News — 1.288 million
  2. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.210 million
  3. Seven News — 1.207 million
  4. ABC News — 1.113 million
  5. I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here (Ten) — 1.042 million
  6. Jack Irish (ABC) — 982,000
  7. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 978,000
  8. The Chase Australia 5.30pm (Seven) — 957,000
  9. 7.30 (ABC) — 929,000
  10. A Current Affair (Nine) — 825,000

Top metro programs: Not one managed a million or more viewers

Losers: Hard to be enthusiastic last night about much except  SBS ONE for its foodie programs and The Family Law, especially the latter.Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 964,000
  2. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 925,000
  3. Nine News  902,000
  4. Nine News (6.30pm) — 822,000
  5. ABC News – 772,000
  6. A Current Affair (Nine) – 749,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 661,000
  8. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 510,000
  9. Ten Eyewitness News — 463,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 398,000

Morning TV:

  1. Today (Nine) – 331,000
  2. Sunrise (Seven) – 286,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) — 152,000
  4. News Breakfast (ABC 1,  81,000 + 55,000 on News 24) — 136,000
  5. Mornings (Nine) — 116,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 68,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. LifeStyle  (2.7%)
  2. Fox8, TVHITS  (2.4%)
  3. UKTV, Fox Footy (2.2%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. AFL: NAB Cup, Hawthorn v Carlton (Fox Footy) – 144,000
  2. Grand Designs (LifeStyle) — 79,000
  3. Paw Patrol (Nick Jr) — 67,000
  4. Alvinn!!! And The Chipmunks (Nick Jr) —  63,000
  5. AFL: Nab Cup, Pre-Game (Fox Footy) —  58,000

*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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