A big night for Nine.  Australian Ninja Warrior, a wins for the news in the metros, and tonight, thanks to Origin game three they will win again. The Ninjas grabbed 2.13 million, down from Sunday’s 2.32 million debut. The metro audience of 1.47 million was off by around 150,000. With solid wins in the metros by Nine News from 6 to 7pm (but the usual loss to Seven nationally) it was easily Nine’s night.

Seven will not want to talk about last night and the way that Behave Yourself  flopped last night (724,000 nationally), and the way the grubby Yummy Mummies bombed on its second outing (516,000 nationally against 1.2 million on Sunday night after House Rules wrapped up). It meant Seven ran third or fourth from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.  All in all a very bad night for Seven and if the kids program Little Big Shots next Sunday night doesn’t do well (and it will be up against Ninjas) then questions will be asked about Seven’s direction. The network this morning started promoting Blue Murder – The Killer Cop, its long awaited Roger Rogerson telemovie. Is that a sign that it is being rushed into the schedule sooner than later to try and arrest the drop?

In regional markets, Seven dominated early with Seven News on top with 706,000 viewers, followed by Ninjas with 667,000, then Seven News/TT with 568,000, Home and Away in fourth with 502,000 while the 5.30pm part of The Chase Australia was fifth with 496,000.

State of Origin game three tonight. It’s a big game, it should rate OK. For an NRL follower, it’s the chance to see a couple of the best players ever (although there’s sadness at not seeing perhaps the best ever in Jonathan Thurston). Even a NSW supporter like me relishes the chance to see Cooper Cronk, Billy “The Kid” Slater and Cameron Smith grace the State of Origin for perhaps the last time. These players have been a joy to watch. And will this be the last Origin called by the great Ray Warren for Nine?

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (32.2%)
  2. Nine (25.0%)
  3. Ten (19.0%)
  4. ABC (18.6%)
  5. SBS (5.2%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (24.1%)
  2. Nine (18.3%)
  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. Australian Ninja Warrior (Nine) —
  2. Seven News  — 1.900 million
  3. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.148 million
  4. The X Factor (Seven) — 1.597 million
  5. Nine/NBN News — 1.455 million
  6. Nine/NBN News (6.30pm) — 1.455 million
  7. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.132 million
  8. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.348 million
  9. 7pm ABC News — 1.304 million
  10. The Chase Australia 5.30pm (Seven) — 1.185 million
  11. 7.30 (ABC) — 1.108 million

Top metro programs:

  1. Australian Ninja Warrior (Nine) — 1.470 million
  2. Nine News — 1.081 million
  3. Nine News 6.30 — 1.062 million
  4. Seven News — 1.053 million
  5. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.001 million

Losers: Seven, especially and Ten.

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News — 1.081 million
  2. Nine News 6.30 — 1.062 million
  3. Seven News — 1.053 million
  4. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.001 million
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) – 905,000
  6. 7pm ABC News — 714,000
  7. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 575,000
  8. 7.30 (ABC) — 521,000
  9. Ten Eyewitness News — 516,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 369,000

Morning (National) TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 309,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 291,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) — 158,000
  4. News Breakfast (ABC,  103,000 + 554,000 on News 24) — 158,000
  5. Today Extra (Nine) — 122,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 50,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. TVHITS  (2.6%)
  2. Sky News, Fox8 , Fox Sports 505 (2.0%)
  3. Nick Jr  (1.7%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. AFL: 360 (Fox Footy) – 80,000
  2. Paul Murray Live , Jones & Co (Sky News) — 67,000
  3. Back Page (Fox Sports 501) —59,000
  4. AFL: Open Mike (Fox Footy) — 52,000

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