Seven’s win in metro and regional markets, but it it was more a case of who cares. A very dull night where even fourth tier programs appeared, but nothing as venerable as Sunday night’s Shawshank Redemption on Seven (even though Rosemary and Thyme and Foyle’s War (7TWO) are going around, again, after going around, again. Back Roads did OK for the ABC at 8pm with 983,000 nationally, down from the returning episode last week which grabbed 1.102 million national viewers.

Seven News again easily won the 6 to 7pm battle against a faltering Nine (even though Nine won Sydney. Seven won Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide), underlining Nine’s soft spot in 2017 ( it has to fix up the weak 5.30 spot occupied by Eddie McGuire and Hot Seat. Time for ejector seat). Seven News beat Nine by just on 400,000 viewers last night nationally. 1.558 million to 1.160 million. That is getting embarrassing, even if it is summer.

The five most watched metro programs were Seven News with 1.011 million, Seven News/Today Tonight with 1.004 million, Nine News 6.30 with 882,000, Nine News with 860,000 and the 7pm ABC News with 763,000.

The most watched regional TV programs were Seven News with 547,000, Home and Away with 475,000 was next, then came Seven News/Today Tonight with 454,000, fourth was The Chase Australia 5.30pm with 379,000 and 5th was the ABC News with 344,000. Last night Prime showed a one off special on the damage ice is doing to regional Australia. It only screened in regional NSW and Tasmania and deserved to go wider (regional Queensland, Seven?) It averaged 319,000 viewers, which made it the sixth most watched program in regional markets. On that basis, if it has been shown in Queensland and other markets it would have topped the night. From all reports it is worth screening in metro markets – so go for it Seven.

The second cricket ODI this afternoon and tonight from Canberra between Australia and NZ, and that will be TV today. And there is a good Glenn Murcutt profile on the ABC at 9.30pm.
Network channel share:

  1. Seven (30.9%)
  2. Nine (26.5%)
  3. ABC (19.2%)
  4. Ten (17.6%)
  5. SBS (5.8%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (19.5%)
  2. Nine (18.3%)
  3. ABC (13.5%)
  4. Ten (10.5%)
  5. SBS ONE (3.7%)

Top 5 digital channels:

  1. 7TWO (6.0%)
  2. ONE (4.7%)
  3. ABC 2 (3.4%)
  4. Gem (3.3%)
  5. GO (3.1%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.558 million
  2. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.458 million
  3. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.182 million
  4. Nine News — 1.160 million
  5. ABC News — 1.107 million
  6. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.061 million
  7. RBT (Nine) — 1.023 million
  8. 7.30 (ABC) — 1.007 million
  9. Back Roads (ABC) — 983,000
  10. The Chase Australia 5.30pm (Seven) — 963,000

Top metro programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.011 million
  2. Seven News/Today Tonight –– 1.004 million

Losers: Everyone, if you happened to watch last night (Well Foyle’s War is still pretty good, even though its on yet another repeat, and Back Roads was again charming)

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 1.011 million
  2. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.004 million
  3. Nine News (6.30pm) — 882,000
  4. Nine News — 860,000
  5. ABC News — 763,000
  6. A Current Affair (Nine) – 754,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 729,000
  8. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 567,000
  9. Ten Eyewitness News — 499,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 403,000

Morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 308,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 296,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) — 180,000
  4. News Breakfast (ABC,  102,000 + 51,000 on News 24) — 153,000
  5. Today Extra (Nine) — 114,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 86,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox 8  (2.8%)
  2. LifeStyle  (1.9%)
  3. TVHITS  (1.9%)
  4. UKTV, Fox Classics (1.7%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Westworld (showcase) — 72,000
  2. NCIS (TVHITS) — 64,000
  3. The Walking Dead (FX) — 61,000
  4. Westworld (showcase) — 58,000
  5. The Walking Dead (FX) — 55,000

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