A close night. Seven won Total People in the metros, Nine won the main channels. In the regions though it was clear cut as Seven won everything. And in both the metros and regions, Ten finished fourth as Australian Survivor lost more viewers. The ABC ended up third in both areas thanks to the 7pm News, Grand Designs NZ and Vera, which was a much cheaper and more successful line-up than the expensive Australian Survivor on Ten with its 866,000 national viewers, of which a low 662,000 were in the metros on the biggest viewing night of the week. That national figure is barely enough for Ten. This program is not I’m A Celebrity —  it is more I’m a non-entity….

Seven debuted the Endemol/Shine format The Big Music Quiz (which would have been much better for Ten). It had more than 1.7 million national viewers and second place.In the metros it had 1.211 million and third. But let’s wait to see till next Sunday to see if the audience returns. It has a more upbeat feel than Zumbo’s Just Desserts. Nine’s The Block did well with a reveal night: it managed 1.610 million viewers and over 1.15 million in the metros.

And looking at Offsiders yesterday, the Sydney Swan supporter who was watching (moi) would have liked to have hear noted that the Swans had won the minor premiership from the heavily Melbourne-centric panel and host. All it would have taken would have been just a few words more than noting that the Swans and Giants would meet in a final this Saturday week for the first time, in Sydney,with the Rugby League mob only having two (maybe three) live teams in the finals.

Insiders did well with the Malcolm Turnbull interview: 492,000 national viewers on ABC and News 24.

In the regions, Seven news was tops with 632,000, from The Big Music Quiz with 551,000 Sunday Night was third with 523,000, Nine News was on 505,000 and The Block had 460,000 viewers.

Zumbo’s Just Desserts back to two episodes a week after starting out its first week with three and slumping over the three to the point where the program had lost 40% of its national audience from opening night last Monday. This week its on Monday and Tuesday nights, with Seven slotting Border Security and The Force into Wednesday’s hole (the two are Seven’s ‘go to’ programs when a problem timeslot needs to be filled).

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (32.6%)
  2. Nine (29.1%)
  3. ABC (16.5%)
  4. Ten (15.4%)
  5. SBS (6.4%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (22.1%)
  2. Seven (21.%)
  3. ABC (12.5%)
  4. Ten (11.3%)
  5. SBS ONE (5.1%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7mate (4.7%)
  2. 7TWO (3.5%)
  3. 7flix (2.7%)
  4. ABC 2 (2.6%)
  5. GO (2.5%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News  — 2.005 million
  2. The Big Music Quiz (Seven) — 1.762 million
  3. Nine News — 1.734 million
  4. The Block (Nine) — 1.610 million
  5. Sunday Night (Seven) — 1.361 million
  6. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 1.230 million
  7. ABC News — 1.159 million
  8. Vera (ABC) — 1.071 million
  9. Grand Designs NZ (ABC) — 1.043 million
  10. Australian Survivor (Ten) — 866,000

Top metro programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.372 million
  2. Nine News — 1.229 million
  3. The Big Music Quiz (Seven) — 1.211 million
  4. The Block (Nine) — 1.151 million

Losers: Australian Survivor: barely enough even though Ten was out there spruiking its 866,000 or so national audience, but not its record low main channel shares on Saturday night where viewers refused to watch repeats of the first two episodes from last week.

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 1.372 million
  2. Nine News — 1.292 million
  3. 60 Minutes (Nine) – 879,000
  4. Sunday Night (Seven) — 838,000
  5. 7pm ABC News – 753,000
  6. 7.30 (ABC) — 776,000
  7. Ten Eyewitness News — 274,000
  8. SBS World News  — 173,000

Morning TV:

  1. Insiders (ABC, 234,000, 107,000 on News 24 — 341,000
  2. Weekend Today (Nine) – 297,000
  3. Weekend Sunrise (Seven) –284,000
  4. Lateline (ABC) — 238,000
  5. Offsiders (ABC) — 138,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox Footy  (4.2%)
  2. Fox Sports 1 (3.8%)
  3. Fox Sports 5 (3.3%)
  4. Fox Sports 3 (2.5%)
  5. Fox Sports 4 (2.1%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. NRL: Newcastle v South Sydney (Fox Sports 1) — 194,000
  2. AFL: Hawthorn v Collingwood (Fox Footy) – 186,000
  3. NRL: Auckland v Wests Tigers (Fox Sports 1) — 179,000
  4. AFL: Fremantle v Footscray (Fox Footy) — 155,000
  5. V8 Supercars, Race 19 (Fox Sports 5) –138,000

*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.

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