Masterchef again did it for Ten last night as Seven won the metros in Total People and the main channels, but Masterchef and Offspring meant Ten swept the demos. Nine was again weak and faces a miserable time of it in coming months. In the regions, Seven was simply dominant and Masterchef and Offspring couldn’t put a dent in it’s winning margin. Masterchef finished tops in the metros (1.191 million) and second nationally with 1.620 million viewers. It was again the most watched non-news program last night. Offspring had 1.176 million national viewers to complete a solid night for Ten.

But Mad As Hell and our tormentor in chief, Shaun Abetz-Micallef did it for me last night, with a very dishonourable assist from possibly the worst person on TV ,Catherine Tate’s Nan. The latter is top line TV writing and comedy of a kind the Poms can only do with panache – think Till Death Do Us Part, The Young Ones, Black Books and Little Britain. The skit on a vertically challenged moderator of her anger management class was classic British comedy, especially the way the writer introduced the French-pronounced midgee (midget) into the dialogue. Mad As Hell grabbed 970,000 national viewers and Catherine Tate, 509,000.

In the regions Seven News again topped the night with 659,000 viewers, followed by Seven News/Today Tonight with 570,000, Home and Away with 476,000, The Chase Australia 5.30pm with 470,000 and Border Security with 466,000 in fifth spot, and a clean sweep again for Seven.

7.30’s exclusive report on a paedophile ring in the Anglican Church in Newcastle justified the program’s existence: top notch reporting. Made the efforts of 60 Minutes and Sunday Night look tame. Despite the continuing hearings of the Child Sexual Abuse Royal Commission, it is clear there are many examples of abuse waiting to be uncovered in the Australian community, as we have just seen with Brighton Grammar in Melbourne.

In the morning, Sunrise with 331,000 and Today with 330,000 shares the spoils in metro breakfast. Sunrise again won nationally. At 6pm Nine News moved back in front of Seven News in the metros, but Seven again dominated nationally.

Tonight: If you like NRL whale wresting, it’s your night on Nine. If you want to understand the appeal of Donald Trump to many Americans, watch 7mate from 3pm: programs like Swamp People, Pawn Stars, Car Crash TV, BBQ Pitmasters, Grilled and more. That giant of this genre of TV, American Preppers won’t be on (that could also be survivalist TV or the gospel according to the NRA. Rich, Pauline Hanson – like territory).

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (27.2%)
  2. Ten (24.1%)
  3. Nine (23.6%)
  4. ABC (17.3%)
  5. SBS (7.8%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (18.9%)
  2. Ten (18.4%)
  3. Nine (15.3%)
  4. ABC (11.7%)
  5. SBS ONE (5.3%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. GO (4.3%)
  2. 7TWO (4.2%)
  3. ABC 2 (3.5%)
  4. 7mate (3.1%)
  5. Eleven (3.0%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News  — 1.706 million
  2. Masterchef Australia (Ten)  — 1.620 million
  3. Seven News/Today Tonight  — 1.454 million
  4. Nine News  — 1.4285 million
  5. Border Security (Seven)  — 1.233 million
  6. The Force (Seven)  — 1.232 million
  7. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.205 million
  8. ABC News — 1.185 million
  9. Offspring (Ten)  — 1.176 million
  10. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.164 million

Top metro programs:

  1. Masterchef Australia (Ten)  — 1.191 million
  2. Nine News  — 1.107 million
  3. Seven News — 1.047 million
  4. Nine News 6.30 — 1.043 million

Losers: Nine. A hollow line up got its just desserts for another night.

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News — 1.107 million
  2. Seven News  — 1.047 million
  3. Nine News (6.30pm) — 1.043 million
  4. Seven News/ Today Tonight  — 944,000
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) – 835,000
  6. ABC News  – 785,000
  7. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 721,000
  8. 7.30 (ABC) — 672,000
  9. Ten Eyewitness News — 505,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 442,000

Morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 331,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 330,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) — 178,000
  4. News Breakfast (ABC,  105,000 + 51,000 on News 24) — 156,000
  5. Today Extra (Nine)  — 128,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 83,000

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. The Recruit (Fox8)   – 118,000
  2. AFL: 360 (Fox Footy)  — 79,000
  3. The Simpsons (Fox8)  – 79,000
  4. On The Couch With Sterlo (Fox Sports 1)  — 68,000
  5. Family Guy (Fox8)  – 53,000

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Peter Fray

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