A deadly boring night last night. The NRL was substandard, Rake was impossible, Masterchef at least had some colour and movement and elimination stuff. But as to the rest of the night, did anyone read a book? Masterchef was the most watched program in the metros with 1.041 million viewers. The next six were all news or current affairs programs which tells us how fascinating viewers found the rest of the night’s viewing.

But there was a very telling figure last night which harks back to the night before and the exclusive interview Leigh Sales did with Malcolm Turnbull on 7.30. As I pointed out yesterday it didn’t do all that well with 563,000 metro viewers. Last night and 7.30 averaged 617,000 viewers a judgement from many viewers they will watch the program if there’s nothing as snoringly boring as an “exclusive” interview with a politician such as the PM.

Nine the metros and all but won the regions as Seven ran dead as a door nail and didn’t really care.

Sunrise had a small win over Today in the metros: 324,000 to 315,000. Is it on a comeback?

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The whale wrestling was turgid on Nine last night. Let’s hope the Rugby Union international between Australia and England tomorrow night (on Ten) is better. And the AFL game on Sunday arvo between the Swans and Giants is as open and fast as it seems it will be on paper.

And in a major bit of stockmarket news, Ten Network will be dropped from the ASX 200 index from June 17, according to an announcement from S&P. It will be one of four stocks to be dropped, with four replacing it, one of which is out of home ad group Ooh!Media. The removal of Ten will see some small selling of the shares by index tracking funds.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (28.4%)
  2. Seven (24.2%)
  3. Ten (22.8%)
  4. ABC (18.3%)
  5. SBS (6.4%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (20.5%)
  2. Ten (17.0%)
  3. Seven (14.9%)
  4. ABC (12.4%)
  5. SBS ONE (4.2%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO (4.3%)
  2. GO, ABC 2 (3.7%)
  3. ONE (3.3%)
  4. 7mate (2.6%)

Top metro programs:

  1. Masterchef Australia (Ten) — 1.041 million
  2. Nine News — 1.016 million

Losers: TV viewers, except those the desperates who life NRL, the AFL Footy Show antics or chefing Masterchef style.

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News — 1.016 million
  2. Seven News — 996,000
  3. Seven News/Today Tonight — 951,000
  4. Nine News (6.30pm) — 928,000
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) – 822,000
  6. ABC News – 791,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 617,000
  8. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 608,000
  9. Ten Eyewitness News — 494,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 488,000

Morning TV: Incomplete

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 324,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 315,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) — 153,000
  4. Today Extra (Nine) — 146,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox Sports 1 (2.6%)
  2. TVHITS  (2.2%)
  3. Fox8, Sky News, LifeStyle (1.8%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. NRL: Brisbane v Canberra (Fox Sports 1) — 199,000
  2. NRL Thursday (Fox Sports 1) — 92,000
  3. AFL: 360 (Fox Footy) – 90,000
  4. NRL Thursday (Fox Sports 1) — 66,000
  5. NBA: Cavaliers v Warriors (ESPN) — 54,000

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