A night very much of two worlds among TV audiences. In the metros Nine did well, as did Ten, while Seven was weak, with its new program Kiss Bang Love ending up as Kiss Bang Flop. But in regional areas, it was a very different story with Seven winning strongly from Ten, with Ten in third and nowhere near as solid as it was in the metros (led by Masterchef Australia which had its highest metro audience of the year so far).

Take the figures: while Seven had a narrow win in total people over Nine in the metros, 26.7% to 26.1%, (Ten was third with 23.2%), it the main channels  Nine won with 19.6%, Ten on 18.3% was second and Seven was third on a weak 16.9%. But in the regions Seven won with a total people share of 33.7% from Nine on 25.1% and Ten on 19.9%, while in the main channels it was Seven with 20.9%, from Nine on 17.7% and Ten with 13.3%. So viewers delivered a very different result to what happened in the metro markets.

The regional top five tells that story. Seven News was first with 660,000 viewers, Home and Away was next with 527,000, House Rules was third with 515,000, Seven News/ Today Tonight had 504,000 and the 5.30pm part of The Chase Australia had 483,000: an all Seven list and why the network did so well.

Among the reality programs, Masterchef was the most watched with 1.421 million national viewers (including 1.106 million in the metros). House Rules averaged 1.261 million nationally including 746,000 in the metros. Kiss Bang Love averaged 781,000 after House Rules ended around 8.45pm. That means it shed a large 480,000 of House Rules‘ audience. It had a weak 573,000 metro and 268,000 regional viewers, which for Seven was a solid rejection by non-metro viewers.

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Tonight: watch Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell on ABC and Masterchef on Ten. And speaking of Ten, it has moved  Shark Tank from Sunday night to tonight after Masterchef. Shark Tank is being replaced by extending MCA by 15 minutes then running a new episode of Bondi Rescue – a sure move by Ten to try and bolster Sunday night’s ratings.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (26.7%)
  2. Nine (26.1%)
  3. Ten (23.2%)
  4. ABC (16.7%)
  5. SBS (7.4%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (19.6%)
  2. Ten (18.3%)
  3. Seven (16.9%)
  4. ABC (12.0%)
  5. SBS ONE (5.6%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO (4.1%)
  2. 7mate (3.9%)
  3. ABC 2 (3.1%)
  4. ONE (2.9%)
  5. GO (2.7%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.779 million
  2. Nine News — 1.570 million
  3. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.451 million
  4. Masterchef Australia (Ten) — 1.421 million
  5. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.326 million
  6. House Rules (Seven) — 1.261 million
  7. The Big Bang Theory repeat (Nine) — 1.226 million
  8. ABC News — 1.211 million
  9. The Chase Australia 5.30pm (Nine) — 1.202 million
  10. Nine News 6.30 — 1.112 million

Top metro programs:

  1. Nine News — 1.173 million
  2. Nine News 6.30 — 1.122 million
  3. Seven News — 1.119 million
  4. Masterchef Australia (Ten) — 1.106 million

Losers: Big Bang Love Flop for Seven.

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News 1.173 million
  2. Nine News 6.30 — 1.122 million
  3. Seven News — 1.119 million
  4. A Current Affair (Nine) – 956,000
  5. Seven News/Today Tonight — 955,000
  6. 7pm ABC News –  826,000
  7. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 702,000
  8. 7.30 (ABC) — 600,000
  9. Ten Eyewitness News — 594,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 516,000

Morning TV:

  1. Today (Nine) – 353,000
  2. Sunrise (Seven) – 312,000
  3. News Breakfast (ABC,  108,000 + 44,000 on News 24) — 152,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) — 150,000
  5. Today Extra (Nine) — 137,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 65,000

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. AFL: 360 (Fox Footy) – 82,000
  2. AFL: On The Couch (Fox Footy) — 78,000
  3. Back Page (Fox Sports 1) — 63,000
  4. The Simpsons (Fox8) – 63,000
  5. The Simpsons (Fox8) – 59,000

*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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