Nine’s night thanks to The Voice,but only in the metros. In the regions, it was Seven’s night with a solid win, thanks to, of all things, House Rules, Seven Year Switch and Home and Away. This is what  we saw from time to time in 2015. The Voice again did well with regional viewers, but Seven had more programs on the most watched list. Nine did very well in the demos as well as total people in the metros. Seven won total people and the main channels in the regions.

The Voice managed 1.795 million national viewers, down around 130,000 viewers from Monday night, and still solid. It had yet to crack the 2 million national audience that My Kitchen Rules did night after night up to its Easter break. Seven Year Switch on Seven outrated House Rules 1.243 million national viewers to 1.117 million. In the metros Seven Year Switch had 820,000; House Rules, 702,000 (Better than Monday night though).

In regional areas, The Voice was tops with 520,000 viewers, ahead of Home and Away on 510,000, The Chase Australia 5.30pm had 447,000 viewers, Seven Year Switch, 422,000 and House Rules, 415,000.

The budget speech of ScoMo did well for a debutant with 1.006 million viewers nationally while the 7.30 discussion hosted by Leigh Sales (in fine, feisty form) averaged a solid 834,000. There was strong interest in the budget on News 24 — its share jumped to 2.8% in the metros and 2.3% in the regions, while Sky News was one of the most watched channels on Foxtel with a share of 1.6%.

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Today (382,000) had its highest audience so far this year and beat Sunrise (351,000). It will be interesting to see how the brekkie battle this morning went with the budget overkill from chilly Canberra.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (27.9%)
  2. Seven (26.8%)
  3. Ten (21.5%)
  4. ABC (18.3%)
  5. SBS (5.6%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (21.8%)
  2. Seven (18.7%)
  3. Ten (16.2%)
  4. ABC (11.4%)
  5. SBS ONE (5.6%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7mate (3.7%)
  2. 7TWO (3.6%)
  3. ABC 2 (3.4%)
  4. ONE (2.8%)
  5. GO (2.7%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. The Voice (Nine) — 1.795 million
  2. Nine News — 1.507 million
  3. Seven News — 1.505 million
  4. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.361 million
  5. Masterchef Australia (Ten) — 1.263 million
  6. Seven Year Switch (Seven) — 1.243 million
  7. ABC News — 1.239 million
  8. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.167 million
  9. The Chase Australia 5.30pm (Seven) — 1.162 million
  10. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 1.118 million

Top metro programs:

  1. The Voice (Nine) — 1.275 million
  2. Seven News 1.211 million
  3. Nine News 1.102 million
  4. Nine News 6.30 — 1.088 million
  5. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 1.070 million

Losers: The Voice and Nine in regional markets. A special vote to the stayers who watched the budget address and then the discussion on ABC (including me). Leigh Sales needs a special pat for giving ScoMo a tough time, as she did with Joe Hockey last year. Will some Liberal Party cretin complain, forcing the ABC into another useless inquiry by someone who doesn’t know the first thing about TV journalism?

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 1.211 million
  2. Nine News —  1.102 million
  3. Nine News (6.30pm) — 1.088 million
  4. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.070 million
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) – 987,000
  6. ABC News – 864,000
  7. Budget Speech (ABC) — 695,000
  8. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 615,000
  9. 7.30 Budget Special (ABC) — 580,000
  10. Ten Eyewitness News — 565,000

Morning TV:

  1. Today (Nine) – 382,000
  2. Sunrise (Seven) – 351,000
  3. Today Extra (Nine) — 152,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) — 147,000
  5. News Breakfast (ABC, 95,000 + 42,000 on News 24) — 137,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 60,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox8  (1.9%)
  2. LifeStyle  (1.8%)
  3. TVHITS, Sky News  (1.6%)
  4. UKTV, A&E (1.5%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. AFL: 360 (Fox Footy) – 75,000
  2. NRL: 360 (Fox Sports 1) — 67,000
  3. Back Page (Fox Sports 1) — 67,000
  4. Games of Thrones (showcase)  (Fox8) – 66,000
  5. Peppa Pig (Nick Jr) – 64,000

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