My Kitchen Rules was very Masterchef again last night, and it backs up again tonight for the second outside Masterchef-like task of feeding the masses. MKR had a solid 2.046 million viewers despite a dip in metro audiences under 1.4 million viewers (which seems to happen for the Masterchef-like part of the series, especially the studio competitions).

Seven’s Seven Year Switch: a success, but what’s next? Swinging for Fun, My Bed Rules? Or is Switch encourage to those on First Dates (tonight on Seven) that if you lose of are a dating dud, seven years later there’s an itch and new TV program waiting? Why wait seven years if you want to get your heads up on TV? Tell a fib or three? Switch had more than 1.2 million national viewers and 858,000 in the metros and 401,000 in the regions.

That makes it a successful launch, but let’s see how many return in subsequent weeks. Remember how audiences for Here Come The Habibs (1.009 million for Nine last night) and First Dates did well for the first couple of episodes, then lost quite a few viewers to stabilise at current levels?

Seven News won the metros and won Sydney, Adelaide and Perth. That’s despite Nine’s Hot Seat winning the 5.30 pm battle with The Chase Australia, 553,000 viewers to 535,000 for The Chase’s 5.30pm segment.

The most watched regional programs were: MKR with a high 671,000 viewers; Home and Away with 493,000 viewers; Seven Year Switch, 401,000; Nine News, 385,000 and ABC News with 378,000.

Nine’s Today (343,000 metro viewers) again beat Seven’s Sunrise (316,000) which is now running to 9.15 am or a little later instead of 9am.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (32.5%)
  2. Nine (27.2%)
  3. Ten (16.9%)
  4. ABC (16.5%)
  5. SBS (5.1%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (25.1%)
  2. Nine (17.8%)
  3. Ten (12.2%)
  4. ABC (11.4%)
  5. SBS ONE (5.1%)

Top digital channels: 

  1. GO (3.9%)
  2. 7TWO (3.5%)
  3. ABC2 (3.4%)
  4. Gem (3.0%)
  5. 7mate, ONE (2.7%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. MKR (Seven) — 2.046 million
  2. Nine News — 1.322 million
  3. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.302 million
  4. Seven News — 1.264 million
  5. Seven Year Switch (Seven) — 1.259 million
  6. The Big Bang Theory (Nine) — 1.185 million
  7. ABC News — 1.129 million
  8. The Big Bang Theory repeat (Nine) — 1.185 million
  9. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.056 million
  10. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 1.1047 million

Top metro programs:

  1. MKR (Seven) — 1.376 million
  2. Seven News — 1.018 million
  3. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 1.0 million

Losers:  Nine and Ten. A weak effort last night. Ten is at least giving viewers a reasonable choice of programs, local and international. Nine is marking time — Muriel’s Wedding was the movie, again at 9.15 last night! That’s lazy, cost cutting programming by a network that knows it is destined to run a distant second on the most import nights of the week for a while longer. Will Reno Rumble help next week?  Watch out for Crocodile Dundee, I can hear his bones being stirred by desperate Nine programmers.Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 1.018 million
  2. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 1.0 million
  3. Nine News (6.30pm) — 949,000
  4. Nine News  937,000
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) – 903,000
  6. ABC News – 751,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 655,000
  8. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 549,000
  9. Ten Eyewitness News — 515,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 397,000

Morning TV:

  1. Today (Nine) – 343,000
  2. Sunrise (Seven) – 316,000
  3. Mornings (Nine) — 149,000
  4. News Breakfast (ABC,  96,000 + 39,000 on News 24) — 135,000
  5. The Morning Show (Seven) — 114,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 78,000

Top pay TV channels:

  1. Fox8  (2.4%)
  2. TVHITS  2.2%)
  3. Fox Classics (1.8%)
  4. LifeStyle  (1.7%)
  5. Nick Jr, A&E, UKTV (1.6%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. The Great British Bake Off (LIfeStyle Food) – 80,000
  2. The Simpsons (Fox8) – 78,000
  3. The Simpsons (Fox8) – 71,000
  4. Back Page (Fox Sports 1) — 70,000
  5. Family Guy (Fox8) — 51,000

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