Well, Nine drew a line last night: 12 rating points under what Seven’s main channel’s share, but at least it finished in front of Ten and the ABC, but not by very much. But in Total People, Ten finished second and Nine was a close third in the metros. It was another night the network lost ground.

Reno Rumble managed 576,000 national viewers and 370,000 in the metros from 7.30 to 8.40pm. Seven points out that Best Bites which the network aired at 10pm had 547,000 national and 364,000 metro viewers, but in the metros had a higher share of the major demos at 7.30pm. Nine’s Today with 315,000 won the metro breakfast battle with Sunrise, again with 281,000. Sunrise won nationally, but the gap to Today shrunk to 22,000, 487,000 to 465,000.

But it was My Kitchen Rules which again did the damage with 2.030 million national viewers and 1.373 million in the metros, as well as dominance in all the demos and Total People in the metros and regionals. Seven Year Switch chipped in with a solid assist with 1.221 million national viewers, including 826,000 in the metros. Viewers are watching to go “gasp, how far did they go there, gasp, they did it!” In other words, it’s voyeur TV. In the 6pm News battle, Seven won Sydney (309,000 to 271,000) and Melbourne (339,000 to 333,000), lost Brisbane to Nine, but won Adelaide and Perth. Helping those wins was The Chase Australia. The 5.30 bit easily beat Nine’s Hot Seat (624,000 in the metros to 551,000) while nationally, The Chase won with 1.028 million people to 761,000 for Hot Seat.

The top five programs in the regions were: MKR with 657,000, Home and Away with 479,000, ABC News with 408,000, The Chase Australia (5.30pm) , 404,000 and Seven Year Switch on 396,000.

The World Cup qualifier between Australia and Jordan did well on SBS ONE with 426,000 viewers, and Fox Sports 4 with 193,000: making the total a healthy 619,000 (plus the thousands watching in clubs and pubs).

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (34.1%)
  2. Ten (20.5%)
  3. Nine (20.2%)
  4. ABC (17.3%)
  5. SBS (7.8%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (25.8%)
  2. Nine (13.8%)
  3. TEN (13.7%)
  4. ABC (12.5%)
  5. SBS ONE (6.2%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO (4.5%)
  2. ONE (3.7%)
  3. GO (3.4%)
  4. Eleven (3.1%)
  5. 7mate (2.8%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. MKR (Seven) –2.030 million
  2. Seven News — 1.452 million
  3. Nine News — 1.406 million
  4. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.327 million
  5. ABC News — 1.244 million
  6. Seven Year Switch (Seven) — 1.221 million
  7. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 1.156 million
  8. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.073 million
  9. The Chase Australia 5.30 (Seven) — 989,000
  10. Nine News 6.30 — 989,000

Top metro programs:

  1. MKR (Seven) — 1.373 million
  2. Seven News — 1.143 million
  3. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.104 million
  4. Nine News — 1.020 million

Losers: Nine and Reno Rumble, again. Just pitiful, but what does it mean for Seven’s Crowded House Rules?Metro news and current affairs:

  1.  Seven News — 1.143 million
  2.  Seven News/ Today Tonight — 1.143 million
  3.  Nine News — 1.020 million
  4. Nine News (6.30pm) — 989,000
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) – 908,000
  6. ABC News – 836,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 658,000
  8. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 577,000
  9. Ten Eyewitness News — 510,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 451,000

Morning TV:

  1. Today (Nine) – 315,000
  2. Sunrise (Seven) – 281,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) — 170,000
  4. News Breakfast (ABC, 92,000 + 46,000 on News 24) — 138,000
  5. Today Extra (Nine) — 127,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 62,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox8  (2.4%)
  2. Fox Sports 4 (2.3%)
  3. TVHITS  (1.9%)
  4. Nick Jr (1.8%)
  5. A&E (1.7%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Football: World Cup, Aust v Jordan (Fox Sports 4) — 193,000
  2. AFL: Open Mike (Fox Footy) – 112,000
  3. AFL: 360 (Fox Footy) — 93,000
  4. Back Page (Fox Sports 1) — 72,000
  5. Football: World Cup, Aust v Jordan (Fox Sports 4) — 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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