An easy win to Seven nationally, in the metros and regionally — Nine ran out of top tier programs but Ten battled on and did better than on Monday. Nine’s Love Child continues to die. Tonight sees the even weaker (and far more appalling) Last Resort appear in Nine’s line up at 9 pm. In rating terms that is a well-named program, just as The Biggest Loser describes struggling Ten.

House Rules managed 1.76 million nationally, Masterchef, 1.22 million (a solid figure and much better than Monday night), and they were the stand outs. Seven’s First Dates averaged an OK 935,000 nationally, But Love Child’s 794,000 and 20 to 1 with 757,000 are poor. The first part of David Stratton’s three part series on his life in Australian films did 784,000 nationally, and deserved 300,000 more. In the regions, Seven News was tops with 698,000, House Rules was second with 680,000, Seven News/TT was 3rd with 573,000, then Home and Away with 516,000 and the 5.30pm bit of The Chase Australia was fifth with 454,000

Even though Seven did well last night, its Achilles is the performance of the 6pm to 7pm news hour on the East Coast (Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne) where Nine beat Seven easily.  That is starting to become a trend and should be a concern for Seven management. Nationally its a different story with Seven News’ hour clearly dominant and producing national wins every night (and national will be the name of the game if and when the audience reach limits are removed).

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (29.9%)
  2. Nine (24.0%)
  3. Ten (21.8%)
  4. ABC (16.8%)
  5. SBS (7.4%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (21.9%)
  2. Nine (17.3%)
  3. Ten (16.3%)
  4. ABC (11.4%)
  5. SBS ONE (5.8%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. Gem (3.6%)
  2. ABC 2 (3.2%)
  3. Gem (3.0%)
  4. ONE, Eleven (2.8%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News  — 1.831 million
  2. House Rules (Seven) — 1.766 million
  3. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.651 million
  4. Nine/NBN News — 1.517 million
  5. Nine/NBN News (6.30pm) — 1.465 million
  6. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.309 million
  7. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.305 million
  8. Masterchef Australia (Ten) — 1.225 million
  9. 7pm ABC News — 1.131 million
  10. The Chase Australia 5.30pm (Seven) — 1.115 million

Top metro programs:

  1. Nine News — 1.152 million
  2. Seven News — 1.133 million
  3. Nine News 6.30 — 1.116 million
  4. House Rules (Seven) — 1.087 million
  5. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.078 million

Losers: Nine – a weak offering, and again tonight.

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News — 1.152 million
  2. Seven News — 1.133 million
  3. Nine News (6.30pm) — 1.116 million
  4. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.078 million
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) – 945,000
  6. 7pm ABC News – 778,000
  7. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 637,000
  8. 7.30 (ABC) — 565,000
  9. Ten Eyewitness News — 532,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 420,000

Morning (National) TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 519,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 427,000
  3. News Breakfast (ABC,  202,000 + 84,000 on News 24) — 286,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) — 222,000
  5. Today Extra (Nine) — 173,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 132,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. TVHITS  (2.5%)
  2. Fox 8  (2.1%)
  3. Sky News (2.0%)
  4. LifeStyle  (1.7%))
  5. Fox Classics (1.6%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. AFL: 360 (Fox Footy) – 83,000
  2. Wentworth (showcase) — 81,000
  3. Paul Murray Live (Sky news) — 55,000
  4. Back Page (Fox Sports 501) — 52,000
  5. AFL: Open Mike (Fox Footy) — 46,000

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