Did you see the return of Reno Rumble last night? It was on Nine at 7.30pm.  Not too many people noticed: just 395,000 viewers in the five metro markets  and a total of 567,000 nationally after 172,000 in the regions; a ratings disaster, a flopperoo. And there goes Nine’s ratings for the next couple of months. Seven can’t gloat too much because they have a reworked House Rules starting soon called Crowded House Rules (where is Neil Finn?). Those figures for Reno Rumble last night could be a signal that viewers are just tired of home renovation programs.

My Kitchen Rules returned after a sleepover on Sunday night and shattered the opposition, bringing in more than 2.1 million national viewers. More than 1.4 million metro and more than 700,000 regional people watched. It was Seven’s night in metro and regionals and it has taken a clear lead in the week. Reno Rumble’s flop saw Nine’s main channel finish third in the metros after Seven and the ABC. That is confirmation of just how bad Nine was last night. Will Nine leave Reno Rumble in the schedule to try and improve? That will be a big gamble.

The most watched programs in regional areas were: MKR with 706,000 people; Downton Abbey with 509,000; Home and Away, 480,00; ABC News, 425,000; Australian Story, 423,000.

Four Corners’ storyline was spot on: former Essendon player, Hal Hunter and his fight for more information on what the club and its agents injected into his body and gave him by way of tablets. His mother was very credible (and right). The rubbish and duplicity of the Essendon club and its officials is still staggering, as is the belief in these defences by some in the sports media in Melbourne and elsewhere. Essendon’s response to Hunter’s legal action tells us more about the real story at the football club and the lack of understanding among the club’s lingering supporters in the sports media. It took the knowledge that Four Corners was doing a story to force Essendon to drop its action for security of costs from Hal Hunter (to try and kill off his legal action), despite a judge giving Essendon the right (what planet was that judge on?)

The repeated pictures of injections was boring in the first half (there were quite a few mentions of tablets as well), especially as most viewers don’t like doctors or dentists sticking needles in them. And Sarah Ferguson’s start to her intro of last night’s episode was just plain wrong. She said, “the footy season starts this weekend”. It’s not footy, it’s AFL. Victorians, Fox Sport and Foxtel call it ‘footy’. Overseas football is of course soccer, the global code, and subject to its own larger than life dramas at the moment. And “footy” has been going now for a month this week in the NRL states of NSW and Queensland. But apart from that, it was a good story and it deserved more than 976,000 national viewers. Perhaps it was the sight of those needles early on.

Today and Sunrise drew the metros yesterday in breakfast with 287,000 viewers each.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (33.4%)
  2. Nine (21.5%)
  3. ABC (21.1%)
  4. Ten (19.7%)
  5. SBS (4.3%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (25.8%)
  2. ABC (15.7%)
  3. Nine (14.7%)
  4.  Ten (13.9%)
  5. SBS ONE (2.9%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO (4.0%)
  2. ONE (3.6%)
  3. ABC2 (3.3%)
  4. Gem (3.2%)
  5. 7mate (2.6%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. MKR (Seven) — 2.167 million
  2. Nine News — 1.442 million
  3. Downton Abbey (Seven) — 1.365 million
  4. Seven News — 1.333 million
  5. Australian Story (ABC) — 1.286 million
  6. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.280 million
  7. ABC News — 1.261 million
  8. 7.30 (ABC) — 1.184 million
  9. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 1.040 million
  10. Nine News 6.30 (Nine) — 1.004 million

Top metro programs:

  1. MKR (Seven) — 1.462 million
  2. Seven News — 1.060 million
  3. Nine News — 1.023 million
  4. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.008 million
  5. Nine News 6.30 — 1.004 million

Losers: Nine. A very weak performance last night indicative of the problems the network has so far shown with its 2016 offerings. Perhaps management and the board are concentrating too much on corporate stuff and not enough on TV?Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 1.060 million
  2. Nine News — 1.023 million
  3. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 1.008 million
  4. Nine News (6.30pm) — 1.004 million
  5. Australian Story (ABC) — 862,000
  6. ABC News – 836,000
  7. A Current Affair (Nine) – 793,000
  8. 7.30 (ABC) — 778,000
  9. Four Corners (ABC) — 676.000
  10. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 600,000

Morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 287,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 287,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) — 145,000
  4. News Breakfast (ABC 1,  84,000 + 61,000 on News 24) — 145,000
  5. Today Extra (Nine) — 114,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 71,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox Sports 1 (3.7%)
  2. TVHITS  (2.1%)
  3. Fox 8  (1.7%)
  4. Fox Sports 2, LifeStyle  (1.5%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. NRL: Manly v Cronulla (Fox Sports 1) – 291,000
  2. NRL: Monday Night With Matty Johns (Fox Sports 1) — 161,000
  3. AFL: 360 (Fox Footy) – 84,000
  4. The Simpsons (Fox8) – 64,000
  5. The Walking Dead (Fx) – 62,000

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