In the metros, a standard Monday night with The Voice in Nine’s schedule and nothing else really grabbing viewer interest. Masterchef was slow, House Rules is back to the start of another cycle which will end next Sunday. Four Corners stood out (see below) and that was the night. But in the regions, Seven won both total people and the main channels, with the ABC third in front of Ten (reversing the metro finish).

The Voice averaged 1.787 million national and 1.278 million metro viewers. Seven News had a big night, topping the national figures because of a big audience in the regions, dragging the 6.30 part of the hour along with it.

The five most watched programs in the regions were: Seven News, 678,000; Seven News/Today Tonight, 548,000; Home and Away, 541,000; The Voice, 509,000 and House Rules 479,000.

On pay TV, the latest episode of Game of Thrones dominated on showcase with 355,000 and 275,000 viewers. The alternate Game of Thrones (AKA The Bolt Report at 7pm on Sky News) and its coverage of the 2016 election campaign saw the audience jump to 42,000 as the political caste tuned in to see the latest atrocity from Peta Credlin. She didn’t disappoint. If you were a clever boss of Sky News, you’d rest Bolt and put Credlin in full time as the headline grabbing host. Whether she can continue to be a commentator post-election is another thing, but she is just what Sky wants (and a nice threat to Bolt and Paul Murray, the resident Del-Con stars on the network).

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Four Corners last night was a buy-in from the US with a New York Times reporter (who was excellent) combining with the PBS Frontline program from the US (and a Canadian broadcaster) to give viewers one of the best reports of this kind I have seen on the doubtful virtues of vitamins and supplements. My only regret is that Four Corners itself couldn’t do a report based on Australian experience of vitamins and supplements. Last night’s report set out the doubts about vitamins and supplements, found the doubters, and the spinners for the industry who struggled. Vitamins and supplements are a waste of time and money and in some cases increasingly dangerous to our health and well being. Four Corners averaged a nice 1.008 million viewers across the country, and 729,000 in the metros.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (28.9%)
  2. Seven (26.2%)
  3. Ten (19.4%)
  4. ABC (19.3%)
  5. SBS (6.3%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (22.5%)
  2. Seven (17.4%)
  3. Ten (15.1%)
  4. ABC (14.4%)
  5. SBS ONE (4.8%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO (4.7%)
  2. ABC 2 (3.3%)
  3. GO (3.1%)
  4. Gem (3.0%)
  5. Eleven (2.2%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.843 million
  2. The Voice (Nine) — 1.787 million
  3. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.621 million
  4. Nine News — 1.549 million
  5. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.351 million
  6. House Rules (Seven) — 1.209 million
  7. ABC News — 1.195 million
  8. Masterchef Australia (Ten) — 1.165 million
  9. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.114 million
  10. The Chase Australia 5.30 (Seven) — 1.099 million

Top metro programs:

  1. The Voice (Nine) — 1.278 million
  2. Seven News — 1.165 million
  3. Nine News — 1.113 million
  4. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 1.073 million
  5. Nine News 6.30 — 1.042 million

Losers: Anyone who missed Four Corners — viewers and other TV journalists and producers. A must-see.

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 1.165 million
  2. Nine News — 1.113 million
  3. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.073 million
  4. Nine News (6.30pm) — 1.042 million
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) – 951,000
  6. ABC News – 798,000
  7. Four Corners (ABC) — 729,000
  8. 7.30 (ABC) — 706,000
  9. Media Watch (ABC) — 687,000
  10. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 676,000

Morning TV:

  1. Today (Nine) – 329,000
  2. Sunrise (Seven) – 307,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) — 178,000
  4. Today Extra (ABC) — 154,000
  5. News Breakfast (ABC,  95,000 + 46,000 on News 24) — 158,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 80,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. showcase  (3.8%)
  2. Fox Sports 1  (2.8%)
  3. TVHITS Fox Sports 3 (2.0%)
  4. Fox8 (1.8%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Game of Thrones (showcase) – 355,000
  2. Game of Thrones (showcase) – 275000
  3. NRL: Gold Coast v Easts (Fox Sports 1) — 273,000
  4. Monday Night With Matty Johns (Fox Sports 1) – 141,000
  5. AFL: 360 (Fox Footy) – 140,000

*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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