Seven’s night in both metro and regional markets in what was in fact an easy win. Nine was weak, Ten was solid and the ABC got by.

Nine’s weakness can be summed up in one program: the NRL Footy Show. Its audience was nowhere near good enough for the 8.30pm time slot (390,000 national viewers — 241,000 in the metros and 158,000 in the regions). It was beaten not only by programs on other main channels, but by the new episode of Lewis on 7TWO which had 421,000 national viewers.

Masterchef Australia did well on a quiet night, beating House Rules on Seven in the metros, but that was reversed nationally with House Rules averaging 1.330 million viewers and Masterchef Australia 1.283 million.

In regional markets it was another strong night for Seven. Seven News topped the most watched list with 607,000 viewers, House Rules had 543,000, Home and Away 493,000, Seven News/Today Tonight had 471,000 and The Chase Australia 5.30pm had 446,000 viewers.

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Mad As Hell was up with Shaun Micallef’s finest last night — a madcap parade of odd ball characters and satire and a good assessment of the election campaign so far. Mad as Hell managed 927,000 national viewers, including 625,000 in the regions.

Tonight it’s The Checkout and then Rake on ABC, the NRL whale wresting on Nine, more rightwing nonsense on Sky News and Seven parades its royalist credentials with the 90th birthday celebrations for the Queen. Poh & Co returns to SBS ONE and Ten has another Gogglebox goggling of TV, so all in all a solid night on offer for viewers. And in AFL markets it’s the AFL Footy Show on Nine.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (30.2%)
  2. Nine (24.3%)
  3. Ten (21.3%)
  4. ABC (17.3%)
  5. SBS (6.7%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (20.2%)
  2. Nine (17.03%)
  3. Ten (15.3%)
  4. ABC (12.2%)
  5. SBS ONE (5.3%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO (5.7%)
  2. 7mate (3.3%)
  3. Eleven (3.2%)
  4. Gem (3.1%)
  5. ABC 2 (3.0%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.671 million
  2. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 1.476 million
  3. Nine News — 1.421 million
  4. House Rules (Seven) — 1.330 million
  5. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.299 million
  6. Masterchef Australia (Ten) — 1.283 million
  7. ABC News — 1.124 million
  8. The Chase Australia 5.30pm (Nine) — 1.118 million
  9. The Big Bang Theory (Nine) — 1.069 million
  10. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.042 million

Top metro programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.064 million
  2. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.005 million

Losers: Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 1.064 million
  2. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.005 million
  3. Nine News – 999,000
  4. Nine News (6.30pm) — 954,000
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) – 887,000
  6. ABC News – 767,000
  7. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 675,000
  8. 7.30 (ABC) — 625,000
  9. Ten Eyewitness News — 561,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 480,000

Morning TV:

  1. Today (Nine) – 354,000
  2. Sunrise (Seven) – 323,000
  3. Today Extra Nine) — 154,00
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) — 136,000
  5. News Breakfast (ABC, 88,000 + 43,000 on News 24) — 131,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 79,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox 8  (2.80%)
  2. LifeStyle  (1.9%)
  3. TVHITS  (1.9%)
  4. UKTV, Fox Classics (1.7%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Gogglebox Australia (LifeStyle) — 203,000
  2. AFL: 360 (Fox Footy) – 113,000
  3. The Simpsons (Fox8) – 77,000
  4. The Flash (Fox8) — 76,000
  5. Ugly House to Lovely Home (LifeStyle) – 60,000

*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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Liz
North Stradbroke Island, QLD

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