Seven edged out Ten in the metros — it was tennis vs the Big Bash League, respectively — but in the regions, Ten edged out Seven. Nine was also in the mix with its non-sports coverage. Seven’s tennis coverage last night again gathered more than a million viewers between the main channel, 7mate and 7TWO (1.017 million to be precise, which would have made it No. 5 nationally for the second night in a row).

The Big Bash did well for Ten with just over a million for the first session of last night’s game, which dropped away as the result became clear in the second session with averaged 962,000.

The 6-8pm news and current affairs programs on Nine, Seven and the ABC are still dominating rankings. In other words, despite the undoubted successes of the Big bash and the tennis, they are still not grabbing audiences to the point where they are producing top of the list audiences each night — just enough to make Seven and Ten happy and advertisers purring, and viewers happy with what they are seeing on the screen.

NB: figures bar the metro news and current affair rankings, are now national (especially the breakfast/morning data). Pay TV figures have been omitted because of accuracy problems with the data.

 Network channel share:

  1. Seven (26.2%)
  2. Nine (25.0%)
  3. Ten (19.0%)
  4. ABC (18.6%)
  5. SBS (5.2%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (24.1%)
  2. Nine (18.3%)
  3. Ten (13.6%)
  4. ABC (13.1%)
  5. SBS ONE (4.4%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO (5.0%)
  2. Gem (3.7%)
  3. 7mate (3.2%)
  4. GO (3.1%)
  5. ONE (3.0%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News  — 1.373 million
  2. Nine News — 1.312 million
  3. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.220 million
  4. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.182 million
  5. The Big Bash Game 28, Session 1 (Seven) — 1.007 million
  6. 7pm ABC News — 947,000
  7. Nine News 6.30 — 962,000
  8. The Big Bash Game 28 Session 2 (Ten) — 962,000
  9. 7.30 Summer (ABC) — 814,000
  10. Hot Seat (Nine) — 777,000

Top metro programs: None with a million or more viewers.

Losers: Tennis and cricket haters had a poor night.

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News —958,000
  2. Seven News — 956,000
  3. Nine News (6.30pm) — 842,000
  4. Seven News/Today Tonight — 887,000
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) – 829,000
  6. 7pm ABC News – 683,000
  7. 7.30 Summer (ABC) — 582,000
  8. Ten Eyewitness News — 548,000
  9. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 526,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 299,000

Morning TV (national figures):

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 488,000
  2. Today (Nine) — 401,000
  3. News Breakfast (ABC 1,  149,000 + 92,000 on News 24) — 251,000
  4. Today Extra (Nine) 222,000
  5. Studio 10 (Ten) — 169,000

*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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