Seven won easily last night in both metro and regional markets with not very much at all. Ten had Masterchef, Nine had a content light night (it will win the week with the third Origin Rugby League game tomorrow night), and the ABC’s usual Monday night line of News and Current Affairs programs was solid, without being outstanding.

Masterchef with 1.573 million(1.165 million in the metros) was again solid for Ten, but with no opposition, it seems unable to regain the halcyon days when it was a top of the pops program every night it was on. Still the demos are great for Ten and it was again the most watched non-news program on the night.

Regionally, Seven News was the most watched with 668,000, with The Chase Australia 5.30pm on 518,000, with Home and Away on 515,000, Seven News/ Today Tonight was on 507,000 and Highway Patrol was fifth with 483,000.

But there was a sting at the end with Q&A back in the headlines for all the wrong reasons as rightwing would be shock jock, Steve Price made a right goose of himself on the panel last night with a demeaning (to himself) exchange with Guardian columnist, Van Badham. I wonder if Price would make the same lazy, stupid comment when he is on The Project on Ten with the likes of Carrie Bickmore? Surely the ABC can do better in finding a token conservative commentator (the pages of The Australian and other News Corp papers are littered with their musings). George Brandis and Tanya Plibersek also didn’t distinguish themselves with droning, political speak which reminded me (us viewers?) why the July 2 election campaign was such a bore and a chore. Brandis especially was snoringly dull. Q&A had a solid 947,000 people nationally — 683,000 in the metros and 265,000 in the regions.

In breakfast, Sunrise started the week with 298,000 metro viewers, with Today back on 282,000. Sunrise was a big national winner as well.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (28.2%)
  2. Nine (24.1%)
  3. Ten (21.8%)
  4. ABC (20.3%)
  5. SBS (5.5%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (19.8%)
  2. Nine (17.5%)
  3. Ten (17.1%)
  4. ABC (15.8%)
  5. SBS ONE (4.0%)

Top 5 digital channels:

  1. 7TWO (3.4%)
  2. 7mate (3.3%)
  3. ABC 2 (2.8%)
  4. GO, Eleven (2.6%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.863 million
  2. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.630 million
  3. Masterchef Australia (Ten) — 1.573 million
  4. Nine News — 1.478 million
  5. Nine News 6.30 — 1.350 million
  6. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.316 million
  7. Highway Patrol (Seven) — 1.306 million
  8. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.287 million
  9. ABC News — 1.283 million
  10. The Chase Australia 5.30pm (Nine) — 1.276 million

Top metro programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.195 million
  2. Masterchef Australia (Ten) — 1.165 million
  3. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.122 million
  4. Nine News — 1.095 million
  5. Nine News 6.30 — 1.093 million

Losers: Steve Price on Q&A.

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 1.195 million
  2. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.122 million
  3. Nine News — 1.095 million
  4. Nine News (6.30pm) — 1.093 million
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) – 936,000
  6. ABC News – 837,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 771,000
  8. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 715,000
  9. Four Corners (ABC) — 714,000
  10. Media Watch (ABC) — 704,000

Morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 298,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 282,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) — 189,000
  4. Today Extra (Nine) — 173,000
  5. News Breakfast (ABC,,  76,000 + 46,000 on News 24) — 122,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 93,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox Sports 1 (3.2%)
  2. Fox8  (2.0%)
  3. Sky News (1.9%)
  4. TVHITS, LifeStyle  (1.8%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. NRL: Canberra v North Qld (Fox Sports 1) – 251,000
  2. Monday Night With Matty Johns (FoxSports 1) — 133,000
  3. AFL: 360 (Fox Footy) — 112,000
  4. The Kettering Incident (Showcase) – 106,000
  5. Paw Patrol (Nick Jr) – 82,000

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Peter Fray

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