My Kitchen Rules meant it was another case of Seven rules in last night’s ratings battle.

Ten started a family reunion program called Long Lost Family (and naturally the Ancestry website, that perennial advertiser during day time TV, was a big advertiser). It averaged 856,000 national and 564,000 metro viewers

The ABC started Luke Warm Sex. The ratings were also lukewarm at best with 715,000 national and 483,000 metro. Genteel titters all round? The big question for these two newbies (like Seven Year Switch the night before) is how many first-up viewers will return next week and the week after, and will new viewers pop up?

MKR’s audience dipped under 2 million nationally last night (1.9431 million) with another Masterchef – like episode. Viewers want the home restaurants, not a clone of another program. But MKR’s audience was more than 600,000 larger than second placed Nine and Seven News.

Regional top 5 were: MKR with a strong 633,000 people; Home and Away with 480,000; The 5.30pm part of The Chase Australia with 403,000; Nine News with 373,000 and First Dates with 357,000 (which had 1.095 million national and 738,000 metro viewers, which were another solid set of figures).

Stop the presses: Sunrise (305,000) beat Today (302,000) in the metros and nationally. Maekfeking relieved?

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (34.8%)
  2. Nine (23.8%)
  3. ABC (17.4%)
  4. Ten (16.4%)
  5. SBS (7.7%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (25.2%)
  2. Nine (15.0%)
  3. ABC (11.8%)
  4.  Ten (11.7%)
  5. SBS ONE (5.4%)

Top digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO (4.5%)
  2. GO (3.7%)
  3. Gem (3.5%)
  4. ABC 2, 7mate (3.4%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. MKR (Seven) — 1.941 million
  2. Nine News — 1.309 million
  3. Seven News — 1.308 million
  4. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.213 million
  5. ABC News — 1.117 million
  6. First Dates (Seven) — 1.095 million
  7. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.040 million
  8. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 999,000
  9. The Chase Australia 5.30pm (Seven) — 985,000
  10. 7.30 (ABC) — 973,000

Top metro programs:

  1. MKR (Seven) — 1.307 million
  2. Seven News — 1.016 million

Losers: Nine, second again, no, fourth with daylight second and third between it and Seven. Ten aimed at what it wants, and did OK.Metro news and current affairs:

  1.  Seven News — 1.016 million
  2.  Seven News/Today Tonight — 956,000
  3. Nine News — 936,000
  4. Nine News (6.30pm) 1.022 million
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) – 910,000
  6. ABC News – 772,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 662,000
  8. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 513,000
  9. Ten Eyewitness News — 480,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 436,000

Morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 305,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 302,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) — 142,000
  4. News Breakfast (ABC,  86,000 + 50,000 on News 24) — 136,000
  5. Mornings (Nine) — 119,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 68,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. TVHITS  (2.5%)
  2. LifeStyle  (2.1%)
  3. Fox8  (2.0%)
  4. Fox Classics (1.8%)
  5. Crime & Investigation, Arena (1.6%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Selling Houses Australia (LifeStyle) – 132,000
  2. On The Couch with Sterlo (Fox Sports 1) — 60,000
  3. Kevin McCloud’s Escape To The Wild (LifeStyle) — 53,000
  4. The Simpsons (Fox8), NCIS (TVHITS) – 50,0000

*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.

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