It might have been Nine’s night in the metros thanks to The Voice, but in the regions, Seven easily won the night and the result again raised the question of the attractiveness of The Voice to regional viewers. The Voice managed 1.709 million national and 1.214 million metro viewers — down more than 200,000 from the solid Monday night.

Masterchef managed more than 1.35 million national viewers and cracked the million mark in the metros with 1.029 million. That put it well ahead of House Rules which had 1.160 million national and 729,000 metro viewers. Seven Year Switch did better for Seven with 1.292 million national and 849,000 metro viewers — the whisper of sex is obviously more seductive for viewers than bashing a wall down or tiling a bathroom.

In the regions, Home and Away topped the most watched list with 527,000, in front of The Voice with 495,000, The Chase Australia 5.30pm, 490,000 Seven Year Switch with 443,000, House Rules was on 431,000. With three programs in prime time in the top five, Seven’s win in the regions is easy to understand.

7.30 was again weak: 585,000 metro viewers in the first week of an election campaign is pretty light on.

Today easily won breakfast in the metros with 355,000 to a weak 289,000 for Sunrise. Today won nationally for a second day in a row — 522,000 to 504,000.

It’s almost time for the US TV up fronts and new programming/old programming births and deaths. Fox TV has revealed some old and golden ideas this morning with dramas The Exorcist, Lethal Weapon, A.P.B. and Pitch being picked up as series; and two comedies Making History and The Mick.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (28.6%)
  2. Seven (27.2%)
  3. Ten (21.4%)
  4. ABC (16.6%)
  5. SBS (6.2%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (21.7%)
  2. Seven (18.5%)
  3. ABC (17.4%)
  4.  Ten (11.3%)
  5. SBS ONE (4.7%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO, 7mate (3.8%)
  2. GO (3.3%)
  3. ABC2 (3.1%)
  4. Gem (2.6%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. The Voice (Nine) — 1.709 million
  2. Nine News — 1.525 million
  3. Seven News — 1.427 million
  4. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.312 million
  5. Seven Year Switch (Seven) — 1.292 million
  6. House Rules (Seven) — 1.160 million
  7. The Block (Nine) — 1.185 million
  8. The Chase Australia 5.30pm (Seven)  — 1.155 million
  9. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.147million
  10. ABC News — 1.113 million

Top metro programs:

  1. The Voice (Nine) — 1.214 million
  2. Seven News, Nine News 1.108 million
  3. Nine News 6.30 — 1.062 million
  4. Masterchef Australia (Ten) — 1.029 million
  5. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 1.012 million

Losers: A reasonable night of choice — if you are into reality programs in their current versions. If you aren’t, then another arid old night for TV watching.

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News, Nine News  1.108 million
  2. Nine News 6.30 — 1.062 million
  3. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.012 million
  4. A Current Affair (Nine) – 955,000
  5. ABC News – 772,000
  6. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 622,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 585,000
  8. Ten Eyewitness News — 516,000
  9. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 503,000

Morning TV:

  1. Today (Nine) – 355,000
  2. Sunrise (Seven) – 289,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) — 140,000
  4. News Breakfast (ABC, 90,000 + 44,000 on News 24) — 134,000
  5. Today Extra (Nine) — 132,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 78,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox 8  (2.2%)
  2. UKTV, TVHITS (1.8%)
  3. Crime & Investigation  (1.7%)
  4. LifeStyle, Disney Jr (1.6%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Wentworth (SoHo) — 140,000
  2. Back Page (Fox Sports 1) — 91,000
  3. AFL: 360 (Fox Footy) – 86,000
  4. AFL: Open Mike (Fox Footy) — 66,000
  5. NRL: 360 (Fox Sports 1) – 64,000

*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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