A night that most of us missed, judging by the low figures and the composition of the “most watched” lists. After the 6pm to 7.30pm news and current affair time slots, it was a ratings waste land, with the exception of The Bachelor on Ten (1.036 million national viewers, including 771,000 in the metros). The other standout was The Checkout on the ABC — 939,000 national viewers and 675,000 in the metros.

In the regions, Seven News was again on top with 629,000 viewers, with Home and Away second with 524,000. The Chase Australia 5.30pm on 521,000, Seven News/Today Tonight with 501,000, and the 7pm ABC News was fifth with 363,000.

Today had a big win in metro breakfast yesterday — 311,000 to 269,000 for Sunrise. Sunrise still won nationally.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (26.7%)
  2. Nine (25.9%)
  3. Ten (21.9%)
  4. ABC (17.7%)
  5. SBS (7.8%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (18.9%)
  2. Ten (16.0%)
  3. Seven (15.8%)
  4. ABC (10.7%)
  5. SBS ONE (4.4%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO (5.0%)
  2. ABC 2 (4.8%)
  3. 7mate (3.8%)
  4. ONE (3.4%)
  5. GO (3.0%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News  — 1.718 million
  2. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.496 million
  3. Nine News — 1.274 million
  4. The Chase Australia 5.30pm (Seven) — 1.214 million
  5. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.209 million
  6. 7pm ABC News — 1.132 million
  7. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.132 million
  8. The Bachelor (Ten) — 1.036 million
  9. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 987,000
  10. The Checkout (ABC) — 939,000

Top metro programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.088 million

Losers: Just terrible. The Checkout stood out. The Meat Market was excruciatingly dull. All that silly stuff with roses. Grown people acting like love-struck store dummies. Rotten TV. Miss Australia would be more interesting from memory (do they still have Miss Australia?)

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 1.008 million
  2. Seven News/Today Tonight — 994,000
  3. Nine News — 942,000
  4. Nine News (6.30pm) — 879,000
  5. 7pm ABC News – 770,000
  6. A Current Affair (Nine) – 755,000
  7. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 692,000
  8. 7.30 (ABC) — 663,000
  9. Ten Eyewitness News — 478,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 476,000

Morning TV:

  1. Today (Nine) – 311,000
  2. Sunrise (Seven) – 269,000
  3. News Breakfast (ABC 1,  137,000 + 42,000 on News 24) — 179,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) — 141,000
  5. Today Extra (Nine) — 135,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 91,000

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. NRL: St George v Brisbane (Fox Sports 1) – 815,000
  2. NRL Thursday (Fox Sports 1) — 92,000
  3. NRL Thursday (Fox Sports 1) — 79,000
  4. Cricket: 2nd Test, Sri Lanka v Australia (Fox Sports 4) – 77,000
  5. The Simpsons (Fox8) – 70,000

*Data © OzTAM Pty Limited 2013. 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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