No The Voice, so Masterchef did well, House Rules perked up, Seven Year Switch ended and the night faded. Seven won the metros and in the regions, thanks to Home and Away, House Rules and Seven Year Switch and another strong night from the news. Nine revealed its programming black hole by bringing us Britain’s Got Talent at 8.30 pm — who cares? 963,000 viewers (including 708,000 metro) did, but that will fade, as it always does for talent quest style programs (Australia’s Got Talent). If Nine had a stronger line up for its main channel, the UK version might have made it later in the evening, or on Go or on Saturday nights.

But Seven’s win, especially in the regions (and therefore nationally) can be seen by the run of programs in the national top 10: Seven News and then the 6.30 part of the News and Today Tonight were one and two, then House Rules (fifth), Seven Year Switch (sixth), Home and Away (7th) dominated the night. Masterchef did well for Ten with 1.381 million national viewers and fourth nationally.

In the regions, it was an all Seven night starting with the news on 614,000, House Rules on 546,000, Home and Away on 509,000; Seven News/Today Tonight, 475,000 and the 5.30pm part of The Chase Australia was fifth with 461,000.

Sky News had a good night on pay TV last night with Alan Jones (60,000), The Bolter (50,000) and Paul Murray (46,000) all doing well with their right wing ravings.

In breakfast, Today with 340,000 metro viewers won from Sunrise with 325,000 and looking tired.

Tonight, Mad As Hell on the ABC. Record, watch, don’t miss.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (28.8%)
  2. Nine (24.6%)
  3. Ten (22.9%)
  4. ABC (16.9%)
  5. SBS (6.7%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (20.4%)
  2. Nine (18.6%)
  3. Ten (17.8%)
  4. ABC (11.9%)
  5. SBS ONE (4.9%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7mate (4.0%)
  2. 7TWO (3.6%)
  3. ABC2 (3.3%)
  4. ONE (2.8%)
  5. GO (2.6%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.711 million
  2. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.529 million
  3. Nine News — 1.490 million
  4. Masterchef Australia (Ten) — 1.381 million
  5. House Rules (Seven) — 1.371million
  6. Seven Year Switch (Seven) — 1.349 million
  7. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.336 million
  8. ABC News — 1.154 million
  9. The Big Bang Theory (Nine) — 1.116 million
  10. The Chase Australia 5.30pm (Seven) — 1.102 million

Top metro programs:

  1. Seven News 1.097 million
  2. Nine News — 1.064 million
  3. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 1.054 million
  4. Masterchef Australia (Ten) — 1.033 million

Losers: An average night and if you missed  it, your life is enhanced.

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 1.097 million
  2. Nine News — 1.064 million
  3.  Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.054 million
  4. Nine News (6.30pm) — 997,000
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) – 850,000
  6. ABC News – 782,000
  7. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 632,000
  8. 7.30 (ABC) — 620,000
  9. Ten Eyewitness News — 534,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 468,000

Morning TV:

  1. Today (Nine) – 340,000
  2. Sunrise (Seven) – 325,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) — 156,000
  4. News Breakfast (ABC, 95,000 + 45,000 on News 24) — 140,000
  5. Today Extra (Nine) — 134,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 68,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. TVHITS  (2.2%)
  2. Fox 8  (2.0%)
  3. SKY News (1.9%)
  4. UKTV, LifeStyle  (1.7%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Back Page (Fox Sports 1) — 98,000
  2. Wentworth (SoHo) — 97,000
  3. AFL: 360 (Fox Footy) – 82,000
  4. Game of Thrones (showcase) — 71,000
  5. NRL: 360 (Fox Sports 1) – 67,000

*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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