Seven’s night as My Kitchen Rules, the 6pm news and Downton Abbey did the job last night in metro and regional markets. MKR looked very Masterchef Australia in an outside broadcast.

Australia’s Got Talent made a brief noise for the winner’s announcement. But Nine and WIN, its regional affiliate, couldn’t agree on the coding of the two parts to the final episode: the Grand Final and then the winner’s announcement. Nine split them and WIN didn’t in the early ratings report from Oztam. Therefore the 1.250 million average for the winner’s announcement was Nine’s estimate. The rest of the program averaged 761,000 in the metros and some of the 358,000 who watched the entire program on WIN. MKR had more than 2 million national and over 1.4 million metro viewers. Downton Abbey had a solid 1.305 million viewers across the country. No competition.

The most watched regional programs were MKR with 680,000; Home and Away with 529,000; Nine News, Downton Abbey, 433,000 each; and The Chase Australia 5.30 with 430,000.

Four Corners did a worthy (horrible actually) story on canned animal hunting and stuffing. It lost audience and averaged 680,000 viewers nationally. That’s between 200,000 and 400,000 less than what it it normally gets each Monday night. That saw the audience for Media Watch and Q&A fall. Australian Story had averaged 1.124 million, so the turn off was substantial: nearly 450,000 people.

In the morning Today started with another metro win at 286,000 to 266,000 for Sunrise as audiences were hit by the public holiday in some states. The pie in the face for David Koch on Sunrise didn’t help and was just plain wrong.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (32.6%)
  2. Nine (26.5%)
  3. ABC (18.3%)
  4. ABC (17.4%)
  5. SBS (5.2%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (25.2%)
  2. Nine (19.4%)
  3. ABC (13.7%)
  4. Ten (12.0%)
  5. SBS ONE (3.4%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO (3.8%)
  2. GO (3.1%)
  3. ABC 2, 7mate (28%)
  4. Eleven (2.3%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. MKR (Seven) — 2.091 million
  2. Nine News — 1.470 million
  3. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.370 million
  4. Seven News — 1.360 million
  5. Downton Abbey (Seven) — 1.305 million
  6. Australia’s Got Talent Winner’s Announcement (Nine) — 1.250 million*
  7. ABC News — 1.222 million
  8. Australian Story (Nine) — 1.124 million
  9. 7.30 (ABC) — 1.096 million
  10. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 1.071 million

*Network estimate

Top metro programs:

  1. MKR Words (Seven) — 1.418 million
  2. Seven News — 1.095 million
  3. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 1.037 million
  4. Nine News — 1.037 million

Losers: No one really. Nine because the brief flare from talent was too late to help. Ten did OK with the fill in program: the AFL v NRL Allstar special of Family Feud.Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 1.095 million
  2. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 1.037 million
  3. Nine News — 1.037 million
  4. Nine News (6.30pm) —999,000
  5. ABC News — 838,000
  6. A Current Affair (Nine) – 836,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 748,000
  8. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 633,000
  9. Ten Eyewitness News — 611,000
  10. Media Watch (Ten) — 476,000

Morning TV:

  1. Today (Nine) – 286,000
  2. Sunrise (Seven) – 366,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) — 137,000
  4. News Breakfast (ABC,  82,000 + 55,000 on News 24) — 137,000
  5. Today Extra (Nine) — 111,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 81,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox Sports 1 (3.4%)
  2. Fox 8  (2.2%)
  3. A&E , TVHITS (1.9%)
  4. LifeStyle  (1.8%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. NRL: Wests v Manly (Fox Sports 1) – 268,000
  2. Monday Night With Matty Johns (Fox Sports 1) — 173,000
  3. The Simpsons (Fox8) – 77,000
  4. The Walking Dead (Fx) — 68,000
  5. The Simpsons (Fox8) – 62,000

*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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