Seven’s night as The Block eased, as did Australian Survivor on their second nights out. Zumbo’s Just Desserts on Seven was the hit of the night, but let’s wait until after tonight (its second night) and then next week to see.  But it dragged in female viewers and helped Nine do well in the major demos, as well as win total people, the main channels and a very big win in the regions. Just Desserts (brought to you by the sugar industry?) averaged 1.532 million national viewers and 1.081 in the metros and 451,000 in the regions — a sugar hit!

Home and Away narrowly survived a Shark Jump with the plane crash. The audience held up well, especially among regional viewers (which are the program’s greatest supporter now). Home and Away had 1.415 million national viewers: 878,000 in the metros and 537,000 in the regions.

Weak performers: Seven’s Cheapest Weddings, straight after Just Desserts. But Weddings still managed 1.035 million national viewers (even if it had 708,000 metro viewers). Australian Survivor failed to crack the million national viewer level – managing 980,000 and 734,000 in the metros. The first episode on Sunday night managed 1.048 million. In a worry for Ten more people watched Have You Been Paying Attention which followed Survivor – it averaged 1.123 million national viewers and 843,000 in the metros, easily beating Survivor which was meant to be its lead in.

The Block second episode out, with a reveal faded to 1.368 million national viewers from 1.581 million for the return episode on Sunday night. That could be a concern for Nine if that slide is repeated. Reveals do the best (apart from the finals) in home renovation programs.

Tonight, The Block and Just Desserts back up. Ten starts a new Offspring-style lifestyle drama called Life In Pieces, while Seven returns 800 Words, which was TV’s most successful new program from 2015.

The ABC ticked over with the Australian Story episode on Little Patti grabbing more than 1.1 million national viewers and deserving more.

And in the regions Seven’s dominant win last night was underlined with the News topping the most watched list with 654,000, followed by Seven News/Today Tonight with 543,000, Home and Away with 537,000, The Chase Australia 5.30pm had 468,000 viewers and Just Desserts had 451,000 in fifth.

And with the Olympics over Seven said that over all Olympic days, it reached more than 18 million TV viewers, with a total of 37.7 million online streams.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (28.7%)
  2. Nine (25.5%)
  3. Ten (21.0%)
  4. ABC (19.0%)
  5. SBS (5.8%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (22.1%)
  2. Nine (19.3%)
  3. Ten (15.4%)
  4. ABC (14.1%)
  5. SBS ONE (5.8%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO, ONE (3.3%)
  2. ABC 2 (3.1%)
  3. GO (2.5%)
  4. Gem (2.4%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News  — 1.929 million
  2. Seven News/Today Tonight  — 1.717 million
  3. Zumbo’s Just Desserts (Seven)  — 1.532 million
  4. Nine News — 1.425 million
  5. Home and Away (Seven)  — 1.415 million
  6. The Block (Nine)  — 1.368 million
  7. A Current Affair (Nine)  — 1.348 million
  8. Australian Story (ABC)  — 1.138 million
  9. 7.30 (ABC) — 1.199 million
  10. The Chase Australia 5.30pm (Seven)  — 1.186 million

Top metro programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.100 million
  2. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 1.093 million
  3. The X Factor (Seven)  — 1.083 million
  4. Nine News — 1.022 million
  5. Nine News 6.30 — 1.037 million

 

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 1.100 million
  2. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.093 million
  3. Nine News (6.30pm) — 1.037 million
  4. Nine News — 1.022 million
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) – 965,000
  6. ABC News – 918,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 776,000
  8. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 613,000
  9. Ten Eyewitness News — 500,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 451,000

Morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 309,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 291,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) — 158,000
  4. News Breakfast (ABC 1,  103,000 + 554,000 on News 24) — 158,000
  5. Today Extra (Nine) — 122,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 50,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox Sports 1 (3.5%)
  2. TVHITS  (2.4%)
  3. Fox 8  1.9%)
  4. LifeStyle, Foxtel Movies Premiere  (1.8%))

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. NRL: Souths v Cronulla (Fox Sports 1)  — 317,000
  2. Monday Night With Matty Johns (Fox Sports 1)  — 163,000
  3. AFL: 360 (Fox Footy) – 82,000
  4. The Simpsons (Fox8) – 86,000
  5. AFL: On The Couch (Fox Footy) — 83,000

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Peter Fray

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