Seven’s night thanks to House Rules (1.59 million nationally), Ten did well with Masterchef (1.21 million nationally), and Nine did with True Stories (1.28 million nationally). Seven’s Wanted finished with 1.12 million viewers. That none of those programs managed to top the hour of news from 6 to 7pm on Seven and Nine in metro markets (or Seven’s hour nationally) tells us that viewers were not all that fussed about hanging around and waiting for them. None managed a million or more metro viewers. Four Corners slid (884,000 nationally against the more than 1.3 million for the Aveo expose the week before). As important as last night’s effort was — on Trump’s dealings in Indonesia — given what has come out since, I thought Four Corners management erred in not doing a follow up last night when one was demanded — and clearly the audience wanted more.

In the regions, Seven News won with 707,000, House Rules was second with 643,000, then Seven News/Today Tonight with 559,000, Home and Away was on 529,000 and Wanted ended its series with 494,000 — that is only 145,000 off its audience in the metros, which tells us it survived because of that solid support from the regionals.  And yesterday morning saw Sunrise “with” Katy Perry win nationally (Sunrise always wins big nationally so no help) and the metros with 299,000 viewers to 294,000 for Today — 5,000 is not much for all that fuss. With school holidays upon us, Seven’s Morning Show and Nine’s Today Extra both saw the usual holidays increases in their audiences, while the ABC’s News Breakfast saw its usual holiday slide.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (28.9%)
  2. Nine (25.7%)
  3. Ten (20.8%)
  4. ABC (16.7%)
  5. SBS (7.8%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (20.0%)
  2. Nine (17.9%)
  3. Ten (15.3%)
  4. ABC (12.0%)
  5. SBS ONE (5.1%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. GO (3.9%)
  2. 7TWO (3.6%)
  3. 7mate (3.0%)
  4. ABC 2, Eleven (2.9%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News  — 1.861 million
  2. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.638 million
  3. House Rules (Seven) — 1.592 million
  4. Nine/NBN News (6.30pm) — 1.454 million
  5. Nine/NBN News — 1.450 million
  6. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.338 million
  7. True Stories (Nine) — 1.285 million
  8. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.264 million
  9. The Chase Australia 5.30pm (Seven) — 1.219 million
  10. Masterchef Australia (Ten) —1.213 million

Top metro programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.158 million
  2. Nine News — 1.121 million
  3. Nine News 6.30 — 1.106million
  4. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.074 million

Losers: Tonight — a lightweight Have You Been Paying Attention? clone called Behave Yourself on Seven.

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 1.158 million
  2. Nine News — 1.121 million
  3. Nine News (6.30pm) — 1.106 million
  4. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.074 million
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) – 973,000
  6. 7pm ABC News —779,000
  7. Four Corners (ABC) — 634,000
  8. 7.30 (ABC) — 631,000
  9. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 599,000
  10. Australian Story (ABC) — 570,000

Morning (National) TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 532,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 428,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) — 287,000
  4. Today Extra (Nine) — 224,000
  5. News Breakfast (ABC,  146,000 + 75,000 on News 24) — 221,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) —132,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. TVHITS  (2.3%)
  2. Sky News 1.9%)
  3. Fox 8  (1.8%)
  4. Disney Jr (1.7%)
  5. Nick Jr (1.6%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. AFL: 360 (Fox Footy) – 115,000
  2. AFL: On The Couch (Fox Footy) — 87,000
  3. Monday Night With Matty Johns (Fox League) — 77,000
  4. Paul Murray Live (Sky News) — 68,000
  5. NRL: 360 (Fox League) — 60,000

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