The AFL game between Sydney and Hawthorn powered Seven to wins in the metros and the regions. And that was a disappointing night on the whole,with Nine dead in the water. Ten showed Nine you have to be in it all the time to do well with Masterchef and its Masterclass grabbing a decent chunk of viewers.  The Masterclass episode had 1.296 million viewers nationally.

The ABC repeated episode one of the disappointing Barracuda at 9.30 last night — it’s called an ’encore’ not a repeat. Networks use ‘encores’ to increase sampling (viewing) to try and boost or maintain interest in a program. In this case Barracuda didn’t disappoint: just 172,000 viewers in the metros, and 277,000 nationally, which is what it deserved.

Today again beat Sunrise in metro breakfast: 318,000 to 270,000. The gap is back.

In the regions, Seven News was tops with 560,000 people, with The Chase 5.30pm next with 486,000, Seven News/Today Tonight was third with 470,000, Nine News was fourth with 368,000 and Home and Away was on 368,000

Great AFL game: Swans stiffed, Umpires should have used a white cane to spot the number of Hawthorn throws and holding the balls in front of goal in the 4th quarter. The TDF was mad — for the second stage in three — a dramatic end to a dramatic stage shortened by huge 100 km hour winds on Mount Ventoux and a combination of ignorant spectators and too many motor bikes in one spit bringing TV coverage to the world. The AFL game had a total of 1.008 million on Seven, 7mate (682,000) and on Fox Footy (326,000). 381,000 people watched in Melbourne last night – the single biggest audience in any market of the night.

And now another attack in France this morning, our time.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (31.1%)
  2. Nine (23.6%)
  3. Ten (21.8%)
  4. ABC (16.4%)
  5. SBS (7.1%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (24.3%)
  2. Nine, Ten (16.6%))
  3. ABC (10.7%)
  4. SBS ONE (5.3%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO, 7mate (4.3%)
  2. ABC 2 (3.3%)
  3. 7flix (3.0%)
  4. GO (2.9%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News  — 1.584 million
  2. Nine News — 1.385 million
  3. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 1.300 million*
  4. Masterchef Australia (Ten) — 1.296 million
  5. ABC News — 1.147 million
  6. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.126 million
  7. The Chase Australia 5.30pm (Seven) — 1.124 million
  8. Nine News 6.30 — 1.012 million
  9. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 986,000
  10. Masterchef Masterclass (Ten) — 945,000

* Pre-empted in Adelaide and Tasmania by the AFL

Top metro programs:

  1. Seven News 1.024 million
  2. Nine News 1.018 million
  3. Nine News 6.30 — 1.007 million

Losers: Anyone who didn’t watch the Hawthorn-Sydney AFL game- top class sport of any kind.

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 1.024 million
  2. Nine News — 1.018 million
  3. Nine News (6.30pm) — 1.007 million
  4. Seven News/Today Tonight — 843,000*
  5. ABC News – 784,000
  6. A Current Affair (Nine) – 775,000
  7. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 694,000
  8. 7.30 (ABC) — 607,000
  9. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 495,000
  10. Ten Eyewitness News — 489,000

*Pre-empted in Adelaide by the AFL

Morning TV:

  1. Today (Nine) – 318,000
  2. Sunrise (Seven) – 270,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) — 179000
  4. News Breakfast (ABC,  111,000 + 45,000 on News 24) — 156,000
  5. Today Extra (Nine) — 134,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 94,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox 8  (2.8%)
  2. LifeStyle  (1.9%)
  3. TVHITS  (1.9%)
  4. UKTV, Fox Classics (1.7%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. AFL: Sydney v Hawthorn (Fox Footy) – 326,000
  2. Thursday Night Footy on Fox (Fox Footy) — 129,000
  3. Golf: British Open Round 1 (Fox Sports 4) — 56000
  4. NRL: 360  (Fox Sports 1) – 54,000
  5. Eastenders (UKTV) – 53,000

*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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