Masterchef again dominated the night among non-news programs, with 1.566 million national viewers and more than 1.15 million in the metros, which made it third national and second in the metros. But Seven won the metros, with Ten second and Nine a weak third.

Seven won the regionals, with Ten second (in Total People), but in the main channels Nine ended up second in the regionals with Ten a close third.

Seven’s 6pm news had one of its best evenings for some months with solid wins in Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth (but lost Sydney to Nine). The upshot was a win in the metros by nearly 190,000 viewers, which is an unusually large margin for such a competitive slot. The continuing success of The Chase Australia at 5.30pm (752,000) helped as well as it gave Seven’s News a much stronger lead than Hot Seat (515,000) did for Nine’s News. That’s a continuing headache for Nine’s programmers and of course another one for a course of painkillers for host Eddie McGuire.

In the regions, Seven News was the most watched with 662,000 people, followed by Seven News/Today Tonight with 521,000, Home and Away was third with 512,000, then The Chase Australia 5.30 with 484,000 and 5th was Masterchef with 411,000

In breakfast Sunrise won with 328,000 to Today’s 307,000.

Tonight: Mad As Hell with Prime Minister Shaun Micallef, and then and Catherine Tate’s Nan. Offspring (come Nina) and Masterchef on Ten. Nine a black hole.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (28.9%)
  2. Ten (24.5%)
  3. Nine (24.1%)
  4. ABC (15.5%)
  5. SBS (7.0%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (18.8%)
  2. Ten (17.4%)
  3. Nine (16.9%)
  4. ABC (13.1%)
  5. SBS ONE (5.2%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7mate (4.5%)
  2. 7TWO (3.7%)
  3. ONE (3.6%)
  4. Eleven (3.5%)
  5. ABC 2, GO (2.9%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News  — 1.869 million
  2. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 1.665 million
  3. Masterchef Australia (Ten) — 1.566 million
  4. Nine News — 1.366 million
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.269 million
  6. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.251 million
  7. The Chase Australia 5.30pm (Seven) — 1.236 million
  8. ABC News — 1.150 million
  9. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 1.036 million
  10. Nine News 6.30 (ABC) — 1.011 million

Top metro programs:

  1. Seven News  1.207 million
  2. Masterchef Australia (Ten) — 1.155 million
  3. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 1.144 million
  4. Nine News — 1.018 million
  5. Nine News 6.30 — 1.009 million

Losers: Nine. Not in the hunt last night. Hot Seat’s weakness means Nine News is under pressure as well.

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 1.207 million
  2. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.144 million
  3. Nine News — 1.018 million
  4. Nine News (6.30pm) — 1.009 million
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) – 905,000
  6. ABC News – 780,000
  7. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 733,000
  8. 7.30 (ABC) — 595,000
  9. Ten Eyewitness News — 545,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 489,000

Morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 328,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 307,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) — 165,000
  4. News Breakfast (ABC, 98,000 + 51,000 on News 24) — 149,000
  5. Today Extra (Nine) — 140,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 90,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox 8, TVHITS  (2.4%)
  2. LifeStyle  (2.1%)
  3. Sky News  (1.9%)
  4. UKTV, Nick Jr Fox Classics (1.5%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Wentworth (SoHo) — 123,000
  2. Back Page (Fox Sports 1) — 108,000
  3. AFL: 360 (Fox Footy) – 77,000
  4. Paul MurrayLive (Sky News) — 74,000
  5. Family Guy (Fox8) – 73,000

*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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