A mixed night for the networks with reasonable figures achieved for the major programs. House Rules on Seven with its latest house reveal was the most popular ‘reality’ program nationally with 1.982 million (thanks to strong support from regional viewers). Nine’s The Voice averaged 1.804 million, thanks to solid support in the metros. Masterchef Australia had a solid 1.203 million national viewers but was well behind The Voice and House Rules in the metros. Despite those figures it was a weak night: Midsomer Murders on the ABC at just after 8.30pm had a national audience just shy of a million viewers for a repeat!

While it was close in the metros, in the regions Seven won by its now usual big margin over Nine, with the ABC third and Ten fourth as Masterchef failed to have to match The Voice or House Rules in regional markets. The regional viewing top five underlines Seven’s dominance, especially House Rules. In the regions House Rules on Seven topped the night with 775,000 viewers (that’s in the realm of support for My Kitchen Rules), with Nine News second with 680,000; Seven News on 654,000; The Voice on 501,000 and Sunday Night, 417,000. Seven won all people, Nine and Seven shared the metro channels.

Insiders again dominated morning viewing with 442,000 metro viewers and 649,000 nationally. The program has made itself the national leader in political comment and analysis this election and each Sunday shows the fleet of right-wing yappers on Sky News how to approach a tough subject without being partisan. I even found myself yesterday agreeing with Gerry Henderson’s comments on the March quarter GDP figures (which he quite rightly pointed out were very solid for an economy that depends upon exports. That was a point many critics including Labor’s putative Treasurer Chris Bowen failed to understand).

Offsiders on the ABC yesterday morning had a good discussion about the late Muhammad Ali, and towards the end of the program a brief mention of Nick Kyrgios and his decision to pull out of the Olympic Games and the hardline approach of team boss, Kitty Chiller. But no one linked this story to Muhammad Ali and his at times controversial approach to life (Ali won the light heavyweight gold medal at the age of 18 at the Rome Olympics) and what Ms Chiller would do to Ali now if he popped up today. Patrick Smith in The Oz this morning did and pointed out that Mr Chiller would have pulled Ali off the plane and banned him from going to the games. Smith does point out the differences between Ali, Krgios and Bernard Tomic and was making a valid general point about how hardline officialdom sometimes is not the right way to handle talent (There are shades of the late an unlamented sports administrator, Arthur Tunstall in some of Ms Chiller’s comments).

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Network channel share:

  1. Seven (32.0%)
  2. Nine (28.7%)
  3. Ten (16.5%)
  4. ABC (15.3%)
  5. SBS (6.3%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (22.2%)
  2. Nine (22.2%)
  3. Ten (12.9%)
  4. ABC (11.3%)
  5. SBS ONE (5.1%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7mate (4.1%)
  2. 7flix (3.2%)
  3. GO (2.8%)
  4. Gem (2.6%)
  5. 7mate, ONE (2.4%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Nine News — 2.098 million
  2. Seven News — 2.069 million
  3. House Rules (Seven) — 1.982 million
  4. The Voice (Nine) — 1.804 million
  5. Masterchef Australia (Ten) — 1.203 million
  6. 7pm ABC News — 1.156 million
  7. Grand Designs (ABC) — 1.113 million
  8. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 1.069 million
  9. Sunday Night (Seven) — 1.049 million
  10. Midsomer Murders (ABC) — 996,000

Top metro programs:

  1. Nine News — 1.418 million
  2. Seven News — 1.415 million
  3. The Voice (Nine) — 1.303 million
  4. House Rules (Seven) — 1.207 million

Losers: Fine for viewers of the trio of reality programs, but the rest of last night’s line up was diabolical.

Metro news and current affairs:

  1.  Nine News — 1.418 million
  2.  Seven News — 1.415 million
  3. ABC News – 772,000
  4. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 716,000
  5. Sunday Night (Seven) 632,000
  6. Ten Eyewitness News — 480,000
  7. SBS World News  — 218,000

Morning TV:

  1. Insiders (ABC, 318,000, 124,000 on News 24) — 442,000
  2. Weekend Sunrise (Seven) – 316,000
  3. Weekend Today (Nine) – 310,000
  4. Landline (Seven) — 283,000
  5. Offsiders (ABC) — 196,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox Footy, Fox Sports 1  (3.8%)
  2. Fox Sports 3  (2.9%)
  3. Fox8  (1.9%)
  4. TVHITS (1.6%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. NRL: Souths v Gold Coast (Fox Sports 1) — 237,000
  2. AFL: Footscray v West Coast (Fox Sports 3) – 199,000
  3. NRL: Easts v Wests Tigers (Fox Sports 1) — 192,000
  4. AFL: Collingwood v PortAdelaide (Fox Footy) — 188,000
  5. NRL: Sunday Ticket (Fox Sports 1) — 143,000

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