Apart from Masterchef Australia, it was a pretty bland night of TV. In fact Masterchef stood out with a very solid 1.517 million viewers and second nationally after third in the metros with 1.122 million. It was again the most watched non-news program

Nine won the metros, Ten won the demos. In the regions, Seven won from Nine with Ten doing very well thanks to Masterchef. 

Seven News dominated the regional viewing with 607,000 people, followed by Masterchef with 395,000, Sunday Night was on 384,000, 60 Minutes was on 353,000 and Grand Designs NZ was fifth with 340,000.

Grand Designs NZ averaged 935,000 national viewers on the ABC: the UK original would gather than many viewers in the metro market on an average night. The audience for the second episode of Barracuda dipped, as predicted: 666,000 national viewers against 729,000 a week ago for the debut. Its regional audience held up well: 218,000 against 215,000 a week ago. The second episode showed more promise than the first.

Insiders averaged 550,000 national viewers on ABC and News 24 with Fran Kelly in the chair and Barrie Cassidy having a very well-earned break.

Tonight: The ABC’s solid news and current affairs line up looks the goods. Seven is treading water until the Olympics start from Rio on August 5.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (29.0%)
  2. Seven (28.9%)
  3. Ten (20.0%)
  4. ABC (14.6%)
  5. SBS (7.5%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (19.7%)
  2. Seven (18.0%)
  3. Ten (16.1%)
  4. ABC (9.9%)
  5. SBS ONE (5.7%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7mate (5.0%)
  2. 7TWO (3.9%)
  3. GO (3.7%)
  4. Gem (3.1%)
  5. ABC2 (2.8%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News  — 1.808 million
  2. Masterchef Australia (Ten) — 1.517 million
  3. Nine News — 1.480 million
  4. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 1.285 million
  5. Sunday Night (Seven) — 1.143 million
  6. Border Security (Seven) — 1.027 million
  7. ABC News — 1.017 million
  8. Grand Designs NZ (ABC) — 935,000
  9. Billy Connolly’s Tracks Across America (Seven) — 830,000
  10. David Attenborough The Hunt (Nine) — 732,000

Top metro programs:

  1. Nine News 1.282 million
  2. Seven News 1.200 million
  3. Masterchef Australia (Seven) — 1.122 million

Losers: Just a weak night of TV.

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News — 1.282 million
  2. Seven News — 1.200 million
  3. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 932,000
  4. Sunday Night (Seven) — 758,000
  5. ABC News – 688,000
  6. Ten Eyewitness News — 371,000
  7. SBS World News — 176,000

Morning TV:

  1. Insiders (ABC, 244,000, 111,000 on News 24) — 355,000
  2. Weekend Today (Nine) – 324,000
  3. Weekend Sunrise (Seven) – 297,000
  4. Landline (ABC) — 244,000
  5. Offsiders (ABC) — 165,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox Footy (4.3%)
  2. Fox Sports 1 (4.0%)
  3. Fox Sports 4 (2.8%)
  4. TVHITS  (2.1%)
  5. Fox 8  (2.0%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. NRL: Penrith v Parramatta (Fox Sports 1) — 215,000
  2. NRL: Newcastle v Melbourne (Fox Sports 1) — 199,000
  3. AFL:Carlton v West Coast (Fox Footy) – 171,000
  4. AFL: Brisbane v GWS (Fox Footy) — 137,000
  5. AFL: St Kilda v Melbourne (Fox Footy) — 121,000

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Peter Fray

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