Seven will be grimacing this morning after the the audience for second night of House Rules collapsed, while Ten would have been overcome with relief this morning after a good start for Masterchef. Ultimately, Nine won the night thanks to The Voice.

Masterchef kicked off its 2017 season with 1.42 million national viewers – 1.06 million in the metros and 364,000 in the regions.  The Voice did well for Nine with 1.64 million nationally (1.16 million in the metros and a solid 474,000 in the regions). But the big story from last night was the drop in the size of the national audience for House Rules to just 1.042 million nationally from Sunday night’s return audience of 1.53 million nationally. The loss in the metros was nearly 40%, nationally it was a third. 

And to make the night even more miserable for Seven — Seven Year Switch is now deep in turkey territory (the content alone put it there, but the audience turning their remotes against it in the past couple of weeks has been a joy to watch). Switch could only manage 745,000 viewers nationally.  The top shows in the regions were Seven News with 712,000, followed by Home and Away with 520,000, then Seven News/Today Tonight with 500,000, The Voice was 4th with 474,000 and the 5.30pm part of The Chase Australia was 5th with 469,000.

In breakfast, Today just topped Sunrise  in the metros, but nationally it was Sunrise with 549,000 who easily beat Today with 451,000.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (28.6%)
  2. Seven (26.0%)
  3. Ten (21.2%)
  4. ABC (18.1%)
  5. SBS (6.1%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (22.4%)
  2. Seven (16.8%)
  3. Ten (15.3%)
  4. ABC (13.9%)
  5. SBS ONE (3.6%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO (3.9%)
  2. 7mate (3.8%)
  3. ONE, Eleven (2.9%)
  4. ABC 2 (2.6%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News  — 1.913 million
  2. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.660 million
  3. The Voice (Nine) — 1.643 million
  4. Masterchef Australia (Ten) — 1.424 million
  5. Nine News (6.30pm) — 1.401 million
  6. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.387 million
  7. Nine News — 1.390 million
  8. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.292 million
  9. The Chase Australia 5.30pm (Seven) — 1.218 million
  10. 7pm ABC News — 1.115 million

Top metro programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.201 million
  2. The Voice (Nine) — 1.169 million
  3. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.111 million
  4. Nine News — 1.068 million
  5. Masterchef Australia (Ten) — 1.060 million
  6. Nine News 6.30 — 1.057 million
  7. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.016 million

Losers: Seven, bigly.

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 1.201 million
  2. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.111 million
  3. Nine News — 1.068 million
  4. Nine News  (6.30pm) — 1.057 million
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.016 million
  6. 7pm ABC News – 745,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 776,000
  8. Australian Story (ABC) — 685,000
  9. Media Watch (ABC) — 668,000
  10. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 653,000

Morning (national) TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) — 549,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 451,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) — 269,000
  4. News Breakfast (ABC, 166,000 + 70,000 on News 24) — 236,000
  5. Today Extra (Nine) — 205,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 132,000

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. AFL: 360 (Fox Footy) — 97,000
  2. The Late Show With Matty Johns (Fox League) — 82,000
  3. AFL: On The Couch (Fox Footy) — 75,000
  4. NRL: 360 (Fox League) — 62,000
  5. The Simpsons (Fox8) – 59,000

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