Every time MKR goes into the studio kitchen, it looks unconvincing and more like a clone of Masterchef and every other cooking competition (go watch SBS Food). The home restaurants are the heart and soul of the program. MKR had its lowest ratings of the season so far last night – 1.881 million national viewers and just 1.250 million metro viewers. It really was an underwhelming episode and was very hard to separate that from Masterchef, which returns to Ten shortly.

Seven’s First Dates ended last night with its first sub 1 million national audience: 993,000 (and 660,000 in the metros, which was weak). Perhaps it was a good time to end, and not return. One thing the program did show was the hit and miss of dating, which has been a constant down the generations. Seven won nationally, the metros and regionals and in all the demos.

The whale wresting, southern style, starts tonight  on Seven and Fox Sports and continues over the weekend and on and on. The northern style of whale wresting continues tomorrow on Nine and Fox Sports and through the egg and bun fest and on on.

MKR was the most watched program in regional markets with 661,000; Home and Away was next with 501,000; with The Chase Australia 5.30 bit on 385,000; Nine News was on 367,000 and ABC News was fifth with 359,000.

The Brussels bombings story saw solid interest from viewers. ABC’s News 24 had a prime time share of 2.0% in metro markets after 3.2% the night before. In regional markets News 24’s share last night was 1.5% after 2.1% the night before. Sky News last night had a 1.4% share in the wall off world of Pay TV on Foxtel, while the other subscription channels group (which includes a group of foreign news channels) has solid nights last night and Tuesday. Yesterday morning Today and Sunrise saw no turn on for the Brussels news: only ABC News Breakfast, and its gain was 20,000 at most.

Today with 311,000 beat Sunrise with 290,000 in the metros, again. But Sunrise won nationally, again.

The second series of Janet King starts tonight. Now is Ms King/Marta Dusseldorp taking on crime here, in Asia, with J. Irish, or at A Place To Call Home?

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (32.2%)
  2. Nine (25.7%)
  3. ABC (17.8%)
  4. Ten (16.7%)
  5. SBS (7.6%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (23.5%)
  2. Nine (16.6%)
  3. ABC (12.2%)
  4. Ten (11.6%)
  5. SBS ONE (5.5%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO (4.8%)
  2. Gem (4.0%)
  3. GO (3.5%)
  4. 7mate (3.1%)
  5. ABC 2, Eleven (2.9%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. MKR (Seven) — 1.881 million
  2. Nine News — 1.240 million
  3. Seven News — 1.221 million
  4. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.220 million
  5. ABC News — 1.157 million
  6. First Dates (Seven) — 993,000
  7. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 985,000
  8. The Chase Australia 5.30pm (Seven) — 943,000
  9. 7.30 (ABC) — 915,000
  10. A Current Affair (Nine) — 913,000

Top metro programs:

  1. MKR (Seven) — 1.250 million

Losers: The Weakly – running up and down in the one spot for not much of an impact. It had more than 800,000 national viewers who disagreed with me. But it was preferred to what was on Nine, Ten and SBS.Metro news and current affairs:

  1.  Seven News — 927,000
  2.  Seven News/Today Tonight — 925,000
  3.  Nine News — 893,000
  4. Nine News (6.30pm) — 865,000
  5. 7pm ABC News – 798,000
  6. A Current Affair (Nine) – 749,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 634,000
  8. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 527,000
  9. Ten Eyewitness News — 450,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 423,000

Morning TV:

  1. Today (Nine) – 311,000
  2. Sunrise (Seven) – 290,000
  3. News Breakfast (ABC, 97,000 + 67,000 on News 24) — 164,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) — 119,000
  5. Today Extra (Nine) — 108,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 54,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox8  (2.4%)
  2. TVHITS  (1.9%)
  3. LifeStyle  (1.8%)
  4. UKTV (1.6%)
  5. 111, Arena, Sky News, A&E (1.4%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Selling Houses Australia (LifeStyle) – 97,000
  2. AFL: 360h (Fox Footy) — 92,000
  3. The Simpsons (Fox8) – 76,000
  4. The Simpsons (Fox8) – 76,000
  5. TheFlash (Fox8) — 68,000

*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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