Solid wins for Seven on Sunday and Monday nights (nationally and in the metros and the regions) with House Rules starring on both nights, along with Seven News. Ten had a poor night, being pushed to fourth in the main channels in the metros by the ABC, thanks to the very good figures for Four Corners‘ excellent revisiting of the Queensland corruption story of 1987 (Moonlight State by Chris Masters) via the brave police whose whistleblowing led to the Fitzgerald Royal Commission, the end of Joh Bjelke Petersen and his Police Commissioner, the corrupt Terry Lewis and the jailing of minsters, police and others. Four Corners was watched by a solid 1.15 million viewers nationally, 808,000 in the metros and 350,000 in the regions.

I would have liked the intro last night from Sarah Ferguson to have at least mentioned Phil Dickie’s breakthrough reporting in The Courier Mail early that year on the crime and corruption in Brisbane’s sex and gambling industries (which Bjelke Petersen and his racing minster Russell Hinze said did not exist), but Four Corners was the stand out program last night — of any type.

For Nine there was a rude awakening for Hamish and Andy’s True Stories, which lost 300,000 viewers nationally last night, with two thirds of that fall happening in the metros. The national audience fell from 1.82 million on debut a week ago to 1.51 million last night and the metro audience tumbled from 1.28 million to  1.07 million. Seven’s House Rules had 999,000 metro viewers, but 687,000 in the regions boosted the national figure to 1.68 million and ahead of True Stories. Masterchef Australia managed 1.16 million nationally and 847,000 in the metros. Seven’s Wanted lost audience second night out in this spell – 1.06 million nationally against 1.17 million a week ago. Here Comes The Habibs on Nine at 8pm manged 911,000.

In the regions Seven News managed 780,000 viewers, with 713,000 for Seven News/Today Tonight in second. House Rules was third with 687,000, fourth went to Home and Away with 555,000 and True Stories was a solid fifth with 441,000 viewers.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (30.5%)
  2. Nine (25.6%)
  3. Ten (19.8%)
  4. ABC (18.7%)
  5. SBS (5.4%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (22.2%)
  2. Nine (18.8%)
  3. ABC (14.9%)
  4. Ten (14.7%)
  5. SBS ONE (3.7%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO (3.8%)
  2. 7mate (3.3%)\ONE (2.8%)
  3. GO (2.5%)
  4. 9Life, Eleven (2.3%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News  — 2.163 million
  2. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.973 million
  3. House Rules (Seven) — 1.6867 million
  4. Nine/NBN News — 1.523 million
  5. True Stories (Nine) — 1.519 million
  6. Nine/NBN News (6.30pm) — 1.466 million
  7. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.376 million
  8. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.322 million
  9. Masterchef Australia (Ten)  — 1.161 million 
  10. Four Corners (ABC) — 1.158 million

Top metro programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.383 million
  2. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.260 million
  3. Nine News — 1.204 million
  4. Nine News 6.30 — 1.141 million
  5. True Story (Nine) — 1.078 million

Losers: Ten.

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 1.383 million
  2. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.260 million
  3. Nine News — 1.204 million
  4. Nine News (6.30pm) — 1.141 million
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) — 988,000
  6. Four Corners (ABC) — 808,000
  7. 7pm ABC News — 782,000
  8. Australian Story (ABC) — 757,000
  9. 7.30 (ABC) — 661,000
  10. Media Watch (ABC) — 639,000

Morning (National) TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 474,000
  2. Today (Nine) — 387,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) —283,000
  4. News Breakfast (ABC,  129,000 +86,000 on News 24) — 215,000
  5. Studio 10 (Ten) — 159,000
  6. Today Extra (Nine) — 147,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox Footy  (4.9%)
  2. Fox League  (3.6%)
  3. BoxSets (2.3%)
  4. TVHITS  (2.1%)
  5. Fox8, Crime & Investigation (1.5%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. AFL: Melbourne v Collingwood (Fox Footy ) — 264,000
  2. NRL: Canterbury v St George (Fox League) — 215,000
  3. AFL: Monday Footy on Fox (Fox Footy) — 145,000
  4. AFL: 360 (Fox Footy) — 106,000
  5. NRL Tonight (Fox League) — 90,000

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