Seven’s night in both metro and regional markets as Masterchef and House Rules dominated the mid evening viewing. House Rules was second nationally (and sixth in the metros), thanks to very strong support from the regions. It had 1.690 million viewers. MCA had 1.415 million national viewers in another solid night, but was let down by weak engagement with regional viewers.

Seven News though again topped metro and national viewing (thanks to a solid performance by the lead in, the 5.30pm bit of The Chase Australia which had 1.207 million national viewers). In fact Seven News won Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth and lost Melbourne by a narrow margin.

Nine’s offerings — 20 to 1 (932,000 nationally) and Britain’s Got Talent (915,000 nationally) were not up to it and ran a very weak third.

In the regions, Seven News was tops with 717,000 viewers, House Rules next had 674,000, Home and Away had 588,000, Seven News/ Today Tonight was fourth with 536,000 with The Chase Australia 5.30pm on 473,000. Masterchef could only manage 346,000, so you can see why it ended up so far behind House Rules despite a 53,000 lead from the metros.

In breakfast, Today (343,000) moved back in front of Sunrise (309,000) as the latter’s Monday audience (366,000) and lead faded. News Breakfast on the ABC and News 24 added more than 30,000 to 180,000 metro viewers.

Your task for tonight is to watch Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell and then the debut of The Chaser’s Election Desk and compare and contrast.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (29.7%)
  2. Ten (24.7%)
  3. Nine (23.0%)
  4. ABC (15.3%)
  5. SBS (7.2%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (20.3%)
  2. Ten (18.6%)
  3. Nine (16.8%)
  4. ABC (10.0%)
  5. SBS ONE (5.5%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO 4.1%)
  2. 7mate (3.8%)
  3. ONE (3.5%)
  4. ABC 2 (3.1%)
  5. Eleven (2.6%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.953 million
  2. House Rules (Seven) — 1.690 million
  3. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 1.675 million
  4.  Nine News — 1.543 million
  5. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.431 million
  6. Masterchef Australia (Ten) — 1.415 million
  7. The Chase Australia 5.30pm (Seven) — 1.207 million
  8. ABC News — 1.185 million
  9. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.102 million
  10. Nine News 6.30 — 1.052 million

Top metro programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.236 million
  2. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 1.139 million
  3. Nine News 1.089 million
  4. Masterchef Australia (Ten) — 1.069 million
  5. Nine News 6.30 — 1.052 million
  6. House Rules (Seven) — 1.016 million

Losers: Viewers of Nine. Just a weak night’s line up

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 1.236 million
  2. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.139 million
  3. Nine News — 1.089 million
  4. Nine News (6.30pm) — 1.052 million
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) – 930,000
  6. ABC News – 816,000
  7. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 694,000
  8. 7.30 (ABC) — 630,000
  9. Ten Eyewitness News — 628,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 494,000

Morning TV:

  1. Today (Nine) – 343,000
  2. Sunrise (Seven) – 309,000
  3. News Breakfast (ABC 1,  135,000 + 45,000 on News 24) — 180,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) — 170,000
  5. Today Extra (Nine) — 145,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 93,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox 8  (2.3%)
  2. Fox Sports 4 (2.2%)
  3. TVHITS  (2.1%)
  4. Sky News (1.9%)
  5. UKTV (1.7%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Soccer: Australia v Greece (Fox Sports 4) – 148,000
  2. Back Page (Fox Sports1) — 115,000
  3. Wentworth (SoHo) — 103,000
  4. AFL: 360 (Fox Footy) — 101,000
  5. Soccer: Australia v Greece: pre game (Fox Sports 4) – 74,000

*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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