Cricket was a dud, finished early, no Block for Nine, Seven won the night easily in metro and regional markets. End of story. Tonight, The Block is back for the start of its last week culminating with the attempt to make (read: gouge) money next Sunday night from impressionable TV viewers. Nine will be very happy. Ten remains weak, waiting for The Big Bash cricket to arrive with the Summer holidays. Tough times for the weak network.

Seven’s Secret Daughter did OK: 1.334 million nationally — about what it has been doing in recent weeks. Seven News from 6pm to 7pm dominated the metros and regionals and nationally, helped by Home and Away and Secret Daughter. It was almost like old times for Seven. But the weak performance by Australia in the test and then the early end meant Nine’s programming was impacted adversely (a win by Australia would have changed the ratings of course). Seven News had an easily win, especially in Sydney and Melbourne, but that was due to the losing and early end to the test for Australia.

Q&A was good — more than it seemed on paper. The program had 690,000 national viewers with 514,000 of those in the metros.

Regional viewing was dominated by Seven with Seven news tops with 609,000, Home and Away was second with 554,000, Secret Daughter was third with 534,000, then Seven News/Today Tonight with 498,000 and the 5.30pm part of The Chase Australia was fifth with 427,000.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (30.0%)
  2. Nine (25.2%)
  3. Ten (19.05%)
  4. ABC (19.2%)
  5. SBS (6.1%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (20.5%)
  2. Nine (18.2%)
  3. ABC (15.0%)
  4. Ten (13.1%)
  5. SBS ONE (3.8%)

Top 5 digital channels:

  1. 7TWO (4.2%)
  2. 7mate, ONE 4.1%)
  3. GO (2.8%)
  4. Gem (2.5%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.773 million
  2. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.609 million
  3. The Secret Daughter (Seven) — 1.334 million
  4. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.304 million
  5. Nine News — 1.177 million
  6. The X Factor — 1.157 million
  7. 7pm ABC News — 1.155 million
  8. Australian Story (ABC) — 1.152 million
  9. The Chase Australia 5.30pm (Seven) — 1.082 million
  10. 7.30 (ABC) — 1.066 million

Top metro programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.164 million
  2. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.111 million

Losers: Nine News — hurt by the weak cricket and hurt by Seven’s continually improvement. The X Factor, drifting and the core audience ain’t engaged at all.

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 1.164 million
  2. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.111 million
  3. Nine News — 870,000
  4. 7pm ABC News – 815,000
  5. Australian Story (ABC) — 787,000
  6. 7.30 (ABC) — 748,000
  7. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 658,000
  8. Four Corners (ABC) — 575,000
  9. Media Watch (ABC) — 559,000
  10. Q&A (ABC) — 514,000

Morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 321,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 290,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) — 153,000
  4. News Breakfast (ABC,  79,000 + 55,000 on News 24) — 134,000
  5. Today Extra (Nine) — 131,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 89,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. TVHITS  (2.1%)
  2. Fox 8, Nick Jr  (1.8%)
  3. Sky News (1.7%)
  4. Arena, A&E, UKTV, Fx, LifeStyle  (1.4%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. The Walking Dead (Fx) — 103,000
  2. The Walking Dead (Fx) — 69,000
  3. Curious George (Nick Jr) — 60,000
  4. Paw Patrol (Nick Jr) — 52,000
  5. Paul Murray Live (Sky News) — 50,000

*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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