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Feb 16, 2017

Glenn Dyer’s TV Ratings

Seven won the metros and the regions last night but it knows the pressure will be back on when Married at First Sight returns.

Glenn Dyer — <em>Crikey</em> business and media commentator

Glenn Dyer

Crikey business and media commentator

Married at First Sight had a rest last night (hopefully out of shame) and as a result the pressure was off Seven and MKR  – but not Ten, despite a solid night for I’m a Celebrity. MKR managed to grab 80,000 odd extra viewers across the country to average 1.63 million, while Celebrity lifted to 1.19 million, with an extra 42,000. 

Seven won the metros and the regions and did nicely in the demos, but it knows the pressure will be back on when Married returns. Perhaps Divorced at Last Sight for Wednesday nights?

Ten finished 4th  in the metros (for the third night this week) behind Seven, Nine and the ABC – narrowly, but enough to notice. This morning’s warning of a loss instead of a small profit for the first half (ending February) was a shock for the industry and raises concerns about Ten’s long term viability.

Weakish night for The Weekly with Charlie Pickering – 810,000 nationally is OK, but not a standout, not with all the rich material. The debut of Nine’s Murder Calls averaged 831,000 nationally (570,000 in the metros and 261,000 in the regions). But Seven’s Murder Uncovered did better with 921,000 nationally – 577,000 in the metros and 343,000 in the regions (yet another Seven program helped by solid support from regional viewers). Nine will ignore the weak regional figures and focus on closing the the 7,000 metro gap between Calls and Uncovered.

In the morning there was another big win for Sunrise over Today (which had another weak metro morning with  264,000 to Sunrise’s 307,000). That is the second weak morning in three days this week.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (31.7%)
  2. Nine (26.3%)
  3. ABC (18.1%)
  4. Ten (17.9%)
  5. SBS (6.0%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (23.7%)
  2. Nine (17.9%)
  3. ABC(13.7%)
  4. Ten (13.6%)
  5. SBS ONE (4.4%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. GO (4.0%)
  2. 7TWO (3.4%)
  3. 7mate, Gem (2.5%)
  4. ABC 2, Eleven (2.3%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. MKR (Seven) — 1.63 million
  2. Seven News  — 1.54 million
  3. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.45 million
  4. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.22 million
  5. I’m A Celebrity (Ten) — 1.19 million
  6. Nine News — 1.19 million
  7. Planet Earth 11 (Nine) — 1.11 million
  8. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.08 million
  9. 7pm ABC News — 1.02 million
  10. Murder Uncovered (Seven) — 921,000

Top metro programs:

  1. MKR (Seven) — 1.07 million
  2. Seven News — 1.01 million
  3. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.00 million

Losers: No one really – an average night, but Ten was weak. 

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 1.01 million
  2. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.00 million
  3. Nine News — 908,000
  4. Nine News 6.30 — 874,000
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) – 770,000
  6. 7pm ABC News – 720,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 593,000
  8. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 526,000
  9. Ten Eyewitness News — 511,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 333,000

Morning (National) TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 557,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 420,000
  3. News Breakfast (ABC,  170,000 + 76,000 on News 24) — 246,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) —213,000
  5. Today Extra (Nine) — 175,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 158,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. TVHITS, Fox 8  (2.8%)
  2. LifeStyle  (2.6%)
  3. Sky News  (1.7%)
  4. Nick Jr (1.5%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Gogglebox Australia (LifeStyle) — 152,000
  2. NCIS LA (TVHITS) — 58,000
  3. NCIS (TVHITS) — 55,000
  4. TheGreat British Bake-Off (LifeStyle) — 48,000
  5. Family Guy X 2 (Fox8) — 48,000

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