Offspring left us, the final episode of this series averaging 810,000 metro viewers — down sharply from the 995,000 metro viewers for the final episode of series five, two years ago. In fact a comparison of the ratings for each episode in series five (all higher) and series six shows just how the core audience has drifted away. Series six, though, was hit by the Rio Olympics as Ten kept faith with fans and broadcast the program during Seven’s wall-to-wall coverage. Overall, the final episode had 1.074 million viewers including 264,000 in the regions (and that was a big problem for the series, the lack of solid support from regional viewers).

But Offspring and The Bach (1.215 million national viewers) meant Ten dominated the demos, especially the key female age groups and did best of all last night. Nine’s The Block hung in there though with 1.217 million. The Bach was more popular in the metros — 909,000 viewers to 851,000 for The Block.

Nine might have won total people and the main channels in the metros, but in the regions, Seven was a clear winner in total people and the metros. Ten though, followed by Nine dominated the demos.

Nine debuted Doctor Doctor last night — 1.139 million viewers and ninth nationally (759,000 metro, 380,000 regional). Not bad.

Regional audiences saw Seven News again on top with 670,000 people, followed by Home and Away with 516,000, Seven News/Today Tonight was third with 513,000, The Chase Australia, 5.30pm, was fourth with 500,000 and Border Security was fifth with 418,000.

Sunrise with 317,000 won the metro breakfast battle with Today (308,000) for a third straight morning!

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (27.4%)
  2. Seven (24.6%)
  3. Ten (22.1%)
  4. ABC (18.7%)
  5. SBS (7.1%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (19.3%)
  2. Seven (16.6%)
  3. Ten (16.5%)
  4. ABC (13.2%)
  5. SBS ONE (4.7%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO, GO (3.7%)
  2. ABC 2 (3.3%)
  3. GEM (3.0%)
  4. 7mate (2.9%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News  — 1.739 million
  2. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.528 million
  3. Nine News — 1.296 million
  4. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.234 million
  5. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.221 million
  6. The Block (Nine) — 1.2178 million
  7. The Bachelor (Ten) — 1.215 million
  8. Gruen (ABC) — 1.140 million
  9. Doctor Doctor (Nine) — 1.139 million
  10. 7pm ABC News — 1.126 million

Top metro programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.069 million
  2. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.015 million

Losers: The Durrells, unfortunately — charming, British, but unwatched.

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 1.069 million
  2. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.015 million
  3. Nine News — 927,000
  4. Nine News (6.30pm) — 924,000
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) – 827,000
  6. 7pm ABC News – 785,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 674,000
  8. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 625,000
  9. Ten Eyewitness News — 479,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 440,000

Morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 317,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 318,000
  3. News Breakfast (ABC,  106,000 + 58,000 on News 24) — 164,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) — 147,000
  5. Today Extra (Nine) — 127,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 78,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. TVHITS  (2.8%)
  2. Fox 8  (2.1%)
  3. LifeStyle , Nick Jr  (2.9%)
  4. Sky News (1.7%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Goggle Box Australia (LifeStyle) — 181,000
  2. The Recruit (Fox8) — 86,000
  3. The Simpsons (Fox8) — 76,000
  4. AFL: 360 (Fox Footy) — 72,000
  5. Paul Murray Live (Sky News) — 56,000

*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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