It was Seven’s night in both metro and regional markets as MKR had a far stronger night than a week ago (while Nine’s Married at First Sight maintained its figures) and Bride and Prejudice lifted a little as well. MKR managed 1.99 million national viewers (and that will rise well above 2 million next Tuesday when the 7 day viewing figures are issued). Married at First Sight managed 1.56 million and Bride and Prejudice hung in there with 1.02 million nationally. Ten’s I’m a Celebrity was the 11th most watched program nationally with 1.01 million.

Ten ended 4th behind the ABC for the second night in a row this week, even though some of the ABC’s news and current affairs stalwarts – Australian Story, 7.30, Four Corners and Media Watch – had fairly low figures, even taking into account the programs on Seven, Nine and Ten in competition. That Ten (apart from a solid effort by I’m a Celebrity) couldn’t move past a weak ABC tells us a lot about the real story at Ten and its programming – weak. Q&A was amusing and dramatic TV, but did it achieve anything much, except a bit more lion baiting?

At breakfast, Sunrise, with 502,000 nationally, beat Today (427,000), but it was a different story in the metros where Today with 294,000 accounted for Sunrise on 279,000 – both lowish figures. In the regions, MKR averaged 615,000, Seven News, 579,000, Home and Away, 513,000, Seven News/Today Tonight, 499,000 and 5th was Married at First Sight with 468,000. 

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (33.3%)
  2. Nine (27.8%)
  3. ABC (17.3%)
  4. Ten (16.6%)
  5. SBS (5.0%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (25.0%)
  2. Nine (21.6%)
  3. ABC (13.0%)
  4. Ten (11.7%)
  5. SBS ONE (3.4%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO (3.7%)
  2. ONE (2.9%)
  3. GO (2.8%)
  4. 7mate (2.7%)
  5. ABC 2, Gem (2.2%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. MKR (Seven) — 1.99 million
  2. Seven News  — 1.62 million
  3. Married at First Sight (Nine)— 1.56 million
  4. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.48 million
  5. Nine News — 1.33 million
  6. Nine News 6.30 — 1.32 million
  7. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.32 million
  8. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.24 million
  9. 7pm ABC News — 1.15 million
  10. Bride and Prejudice (Seven) — 1.02 million

Top metro programs:

  1. MKR (Seven) — 1.36 million
  2. Married At First Sight (Nine) — 1.09 million
  3. Seven News — 1.04 million
  4. Nine News 6.30 — 1.00 million
  5. Nine News — 1.00 million

Losers: Ten.

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 1.04 million
  2. Nine News 6.30pm — 1.00 million
  3. Nine News — 1.00 million
  4. Seven News/Today Tonight — 990,000
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) – 903,000
  6. 7pm ABC News – 778,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 673,000
  8. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 571,000
  9. Media Watch (ABC)— 544,000
  10. Australian Story (ABC) —544,000

Morning National) TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 502,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 427,000
  3. News Breakfast (ABC,  150,000 + 84,000 on News 24) — 234,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) — 211,000
  5. Today Extra (Nine) — 171,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 138,000

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Big Little Lies (showcase) — 82,000
  2. The Walking Dead (Fx) — 77,000
  3. Last Week With John Oliver (Comedy) — 62,000
  4. The Walking Dead (Fx) — 62,000
  5. Paul Murray (Sky News) — 59,000

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