The Voice and Nine’s night in the metros. Nine also did very well in the regions. Seven squeaked home in total people, but Nine narrowly won the main channels and had a good showing in the demos. The Voice had 1.980 million national and 1.421 million metro viewers, and that was enough to grab the night.

The Four Corners investigation of an unexplained death was a top program and showed once and again why current affairs programs don’t have to pay — it was another stunning example to the pretenders 60 Minutes just how investigatory public affairs journalism is done with class. Four Corners had 994,000 national and 670,000 metro viewers and deserved more. And why did some idiot at the ABC allow a voice over plug for another program to override Sarah Ferguson telling us at the end what Four Corners would be telling us next week? A silly, avoidable production error, of which there are a few creeping into the ABC?

The Project experienced the Gold Logie halo effect for a second year with the Waleed Aly win boosting viewers to 713,000 in the metros and 1.031 million nationally for the 7pm part, while the 6.30pm start had a very solid 602,000 (and 838,000 nationally). The 7pm part of The Project easily beat 7.30 with 647,000. Day 2 of a Federal election campaign and with politics the traditional strength of 7.30, it was a weak audience figure, just as the 937,000 national figure was down on what it normally should be getting in an election (and on a Monday night).

In the regionals The Voice had tops with 560,000 viewers, followed by Home and Away with 541,000, The Chase Australia 5.30pm had 495,000, House Rules 431,000 and Nine News 415,000.

In breakfast, Today with 375,000 metro viewers (broadcasting from The Logies in Melbourne) had a big win, Sunrise had just 292,000. Today scored a rare win nationally as well, 562,000 viewers to 497,000 for Sunrise.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (30.5%)
  2. Seven (25.1%)
  3. Ten (20.0%)
  4. ABC (19.0%)
  5. SBS (5.4%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (24.3%)
  2. Seven (17.4%)
  3. ABC (14.3%)
  4.  Ten (14.3%)
  5. SBS ONE (3.8%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO, GO (3.8%)
  2. 7mate (3.1%)
  3. ABC2  (3.0%)
  4. Gem (1.9%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. The Voice (Nine) — 1.982 million
  2. Nine News — 1.595 million
  3. Seven News — 1.447 million
  4. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.399 million
  5. ABC News — 1.259 million
  6. The Chase Australia 5.30pm (Nine) — 1.205 million
  7. House Rules (Seven) — 1.195 million
  8. Masterchef Australia (Ten) — 1.140 million
  9. Nine News 6.30 — 1.128 million
  10. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 1.114 million

Top metro programs:

  1. The Voice (Nine) — 1.421 million
  2. Nine News 1.181 million
  3. Seven News — 1.160 million
  4. Nine News 6.30 — 1.128 million
  5. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 1.046 million

Losers: Seven. A weak night except for The Voice and Four Corners. The Project gloried in its second Gold Logie in a row — rightfully so. Q&A was the first of a lot of political ladened chat episodes over the next two months of Monday nights — 782,000 addicts tuned in across the country for more blah, blah, blah.

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News — 1.181 million
  2. Seven News — 1.160 million
  3. Nine News 6.30 — 1.128 million
  4. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.046 million
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) – 925,000
  6. ABC News – 853,000
  7. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 737,000
  8. Australian Story (ABC) — 682,000
  9. Four Corners (ABC) — 670,000
  10. 7.30 (ABC) — 647,000

Morning TV:

  1. Today (Nine) – 375,000
  2. Sunrise (Seven) – 297,000
  3. Today Extra (Nine) — 177,000
  4. News Breakfast (ABC, 97,000, 48,000 on News 24) — 145,000
  5. The Morning Show (Seven) — 142,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 78,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. showcase (3.4%)
  2. TVHITS  (1.8%)
  3. UKTV, Fox8 . Fox Footy (1.6%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Game of Thrones (showcase) — 346,000
  2. Game of Thrones (showcase) — 289,000
  3. AFL: 360 (Fox Footy) – 118,000
  4. AFL: On The Couch (Fox Footy) — 92,000
  5. Curious George (Nick Jr) — 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.

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