Another close night with Ten again rewarded for running Masterchef and Offspring and offering viewers something other than what passed for entertainment on Nine and Seven. While Nine was a narrow winner over Seven in total people, Ten was a narrow winner over Seven in the main channels. But in the regionals Seven won easily, with Ten finding very little support for Masterchef compared to what it got in the metros.

Offspring again did OK, but shed more than 200,000 from its opening night a week ago when the national figure was 1.284 million. Last night it was 1.080 million. The metro audience dipped from 959,000 a week ago to 779,000 last night. The biggest loss was in the metros as the number of regional viewers last night only dipped by around 20,000. But is the big fall a sign that Nina’s antics might be becoming a bit tiresome for some of the core audience? Still it soaked up female viewers as expected.

We said good bye to The Chasers with what was probably their best episode of this election series, while Shaun Micallef wasn’t Mad As Hell last night on the ABC, he was very mischievous. The first character last night — Madonna Flan — was a cheeky take-off of Annabel Crabb and her Kitchen Cabinet series.

In regional markets Seven News again topped the list with 652,000 viewers, followed by Seven News/Today Tonight with 537,000; Home and Away third with 523,000, the 5.30pm bit of The Chase Australia was 4th with 508,000 and the 7pm ABC News was 5th with 367,000.

Sky News and its alternate view of the political universe — that the Sun revolves around Tony Abbott — had another good night on Foxtel. Paul Murray Live topped the most watched list with 76,000 viewers, The Bolt Report was next with 70,000, with Beattie and Reith, another Sky News former politico talking heads boring for Sky effort third. The send ups of Bolt and Murray on Mad As Hell and The Chaser’s were funnier, though nothing topped Alan Jones’ effort on Seven last Saturday night (The boats invading Peter Dutton’s campaign celebration party on the Chaser was funny for a while, as was the belated recognition by campaign officials that The Chasers were invading.

In metro breakfast, Today with 295,000 was a narrow winner over Sunrise with 292,000. News Breakfast’s audience remained solid at 170,000 and Studio 10 cracked the 100,000 level with 111,000.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (25.7%)
  2. Seven (25.2%)
  3. Ten (22.6%)
  4. ABC (18.7%)
  5. SBS (7.8%)

Network main channels:

  1. Ten (17.9%)
  2. Seven (17.7%)
  3. Nine (17.0%)
  4. ABC (13.3%)
  5. SBS ONE (5.3%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. GO (4.0%)
  2. 7TWO (3.5%)
  3. ABC 2 (3.3%)
  4. Gem (3.2%)
  5. 7mate (2.8%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.812 million
  2. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.584 million
  3. Masterchef Australia (Seven) — 1.527 million
  4. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.348 million
  5. Nine News — 1.330 million
  6. ABC News — 1.191 million
  7. The Chase Australia 5.30pm (Seven) — 1.179 million
  8. Nine News 6.30 — 1.121 million
  9. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.095 million
  10. Offspring (Ten) — 1.080 million

Top metro programs:

  1. Masterchef Australia (Seven) — 1.169 million
  2. Seven News — 1.160 million
  3. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.046 million

Losers: All those who missed Mad As Hell and The Chaser’s last election desk.

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 1.160 million
  2. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.046 million
  3. Nine News  992,000
  4. Nine News (6.30pm) — 932,000
  5. ABC News – 824,000
  6. A Current Affair (Nine) – 799,000
  7. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 742,000
  8. 7.30 (ABC) — 726,000
  9. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 544,000
  10. Ten Eyewitness News — 522,000

Morning TV:

  1. Today (Nine) – 295,000
  2. Sunrise (Seven) – 292,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) — 180,000
  4. News Breakfast (ABC 1,  115,000 + 55,000 on News 24) — 170,000
  5. Today Extra (Nine) — 127,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 111,000

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Paul Murray Live (Sky News) – 76,000
  2. The Bolt Report (Sky News) — 70,000
  3. Beattie and Reith (Sky News) — 67,000
  4. The Simpsons (Fox8) – 64,000
  5. Wentworth (SoHo) – 58,000

*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.

Peter Fray

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