Nine still won’t let go of The Last Resort. While they flicked it from last night’s schedule, and benefited, it is still on tonight at 9pm. Nine must have invested a lot of money in this rotten program to still carry it in prime time –although 9pm and once a week lessens the losses. Nine won the main channels for the third night in a row. Nationally, House Rules had 1.51 million, The Voice, 1.34 million  — while The Voice beat House Rules in the metros —  and Masterchef had 1.21 million. That’s over four million people watching that trio, again.

Seven’s News on the East Coast was again very weak, allowing Nine to claim a win in the five metro markets and offsetting the big wins by Seven in Adelaide and Perth. Seven news lost in Sydney by 67,000, Melbourne by 62,000 and Brisbane by 44,000.Seven still won nationally because of its overwhelming strength in the Adelaide and Perth and regional markets. But it is the second time in as many weeks that Seven’s losses on the East Coast have been so large that they have allowed Nine to win the metros. What makes Seven News effort weaker is another strong showing by the 5.30pm part of The Chase Australia — it beat Nine’s Hot Seat, 696,000 to 586,000.

For the ABC’s 7.30 it was a very weak night, when, in light of the Manchester bombing, it should have really done better, given the natural inclination of ABC viewers to turn to 7.30 for big stories. It could only manage 512,000 viewers in the metro markets, fewer than the Ten News from 5 to 6pm and 137,000 behind the 7pm part of Ten’s The Project. Not strictly comparable but a good indicator of how far the program has slipped. In breakfast, a big win to Sunrise in the metros over Today – 305,000 to 261,000 and an equally big win nationally.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (28.0%)
  2. Nine (27.8%)
  3. Ten (21.2%)
  4. ABC (17.4%)
  5. SBS (5.7%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (21.2%)
  2. Seven (20.0%)
  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  — 1.885 million
  2. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.612 million
  3. House Rules (Seven) — 1.518 million
  4. Nine/NBN News — 1.496 million
  5. Nine/NBN News (6.30pm) — 1.389 million
  6. The Voice (Nine) — 1.348 million
  7. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.270 million
  8. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.252 million
  9. Masterchef Australia (Ten) — 1.213 million
  10. The Chase Australia 5.30pm (Seven) — 1.209 million

Top metro programs:

  1. Nine News — 1.147 million
  2. Seven News — 1.129 million
  3. Nine News 6.30 — 1.048 million
  4. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.038 million

Losers: Seven News on the East Coast. 

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News — 1.147 million
  2. Seven News — 1.129 million
  3. Nine News 6.30 — 1.048 million
  4. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.038 million
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) – 894,000
  6. 7pm ABC News – 759,000
  7. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 649,000
  8. Ten Eyewitness News — 529,000
  9. 7.30 (ABC) — 512,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 426,000

Morning (Morning) TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) —538,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 383,000
  3. News Breakfast (ABC,  187,000 + 72,000 on News 24) — 259,000
  4. Studio 10 (Ten) — 100,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. TVHITS  (2.5%)
  2. Sky News (2.2%)
  3. Fox 8  (1.7%)
  4. Nick Jr  (1.5%)
  5. Discovery, UKTV (1.4%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. AFL: 360 (Fox Footy) — 85,000
  2. Wentworth (showcase) — 74,000
  3. AFL: Open Mike (Fox Footy) — 56,000
  4. The Simpsons (Fox8) – 54,000
  5. Paul Murray Live (Sky News) — 54,000

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