Roger Federer again showed his class last night in beating fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka in five sets. In fact Federer had Seven executives salivating as he raced to a two-sets-to-love lead, then horrified as he slid and Stan came back, only to lose the fifth set to his one-time Swiss Davis Cup team mate. Federer will meet the winner of the Rafa Nadal v Grigor Dimitrov second men’s semi-final on tonight. In fact, Roger’s long match squashed the opposition and Seven grabbed more than 40% of the available audience last night in metros and more than 36% in the regionals. If Nadal wins through to the final, Seven will be hoping for a national audience close to 3 million.

Seven’s tennis audience last night was the biggest so far of this tournament: 1.560 million and another 219,000 who watched 7TWO from 6 to 7pm.

Over on Nine, Australia and Pakistan scored well over 670 runs in a slug-a-thon in which Australia outlasted the visitors to win the final game of the series and take it four matches to one. Some of the hitting by David Warner, Travis Head, Babar Azam and Sharjeel Khan was tip-and-run-like, but played under far tougher circumstances with higher quality bowling. But with Australia already winning the series, it was a a bit ho-hum for many viewers. Still an average of 1.045 million people watched from around 2.20pm to after 10pm (1.058 million for the second session, 1.031 million for the afternoon when Australia batted and Head and Warner battered their way into the record books).

And that was the night. Seven and Nine really squeezed hard on Ten and the ABC and their main channel shares in metro markets reflected that: 8.5% and 6.0% respectively.

In the regions Seven News won with 481,000 viewers, with Nine News on 429,000, The night session of Seven’s tennis was third with 413,000, Seven News/Today Tonight was fourth with 379,000 and the second session of the ODI was fifth with 331,000.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (42.4%)
  2. Nine (27.2%)
  3. Ten (14.1%)
  4. ABC (11.2%)
  5. SBS (5.2%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (33.1%)
  2. Nine (20.7%)
  3. Ten (8.5%)
  4. ABC (6.6%)
  5. SBS ONE (3.6%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO (3.8%)
  2. 7mate, ONE (29%)
  3. Eleven (2.7%)
  4. Gem (2.6%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News  — 1.638 million
  2. Seven’s Tennis, Night 11  — 1.560 million
  3. Seven News/Today Tonight —- 1.403 million
  4. Nine News — 1.394 million
  5. ODI, Aust v Pakistan Game 5, Session 2 (Nine) — 1.058 million
  6. ODI, Aust v Pakistan Game 5, Session 1 (Nine) — 1.031 million
  7. Seven’s Tennis, Night 11 Late  — 961,000
  8. 7pm ABC News — 857,000
  9. Seven’s Tennis, Night 11 Early  — 703,000
  10. Ten Eyewitness News — 597,000

Top metro programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.156 million
  2. Seven’s Tennis, Night 11  — 1.146 million
  3. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.023 million

Losers: Not long to go, tennis and cricket haters. Just the weekend, then its your TV.

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 1.156 million
  2. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.023 million
  3. Nine News  —966,000
  4. Nine News — 1.022 million
  5. 7pm ABC News — 584,000
  6. Ten Eyewitness News — 407,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 335,000
  8. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 305,000
  9. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) —207,000
  10. SBS World News — 123,000

Morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) —490,000
  2. Today Extra Summer (Nine) — 471,000
  3. Today (Nine) – 428,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) — 158,000
  5. News Breakfast (ABC 1,  103,000 + 554,000 on News 24) — 158,000
  6. Today Extra (Nine) — 122,000
  7. Studio 10 (Ten) — 50,000

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Soccer: A League Melbourne City v Sydney FC 360 (Fox Sports 4) — 74,000
  2. The Brokenwood Mysteries (13th Street) — 50,000
  3. Soccer: A League Post Game Show (Fox Sports 4) — 47,000
  4. NCIS (TVHITS) — 47,000
  5. Paw Patrol (Nick Jr) — 47,000

*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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