Hangover night. After the sparkle and hot air of the Ninja Warriors and grunt and sweat of Origin three, last night was a perfect example of let down TV. Nothing happened, no program dominated except Masterchef (1.24 million and the most watched non news program) which again stood out for at least being of interest, even to non-foodies. The Tour De France saw some great racing through the rain, mists and fogs of the Pyrenees and a change in the lead. 

On Nine, the tiresome football shows bored and bored. Brisbane viewers of the NRL version celebrated the Origin win by tuning in with 126,000 and outnumbering the 96,000 who watched the Sydney version (which was down on previous weeks. Sore losers?). In Melbourne 184,000 watched the AFL program. Nationally Janet King on the ABC at 8.30pm was watched by 728,000 viewers for the final and The Footy Show by 693,000.

The weekend — football of various codes, Ninjas on Sunday night, the TDF. Oh and Seven insults our intelligence for a second time with Little Big Shots on Sunday night. After the dross that is Yummy Mummies, this one is just weak — an old TV go to for ratings black holes. Children should be seen in small doses on prime time TV, as should animals. Adults quickly tire.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (27.4%)
  2. Seven (27.3%)
  3. Ten (20.0%)
  4. ABC (14.9%)
  5. SBS (10.9%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (18.6%)
  2. Seven (17.9%)
  3. Ten (14.2%)
  4. ABC (9.5%)
  5. SBS ONE (6.1%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. GO (4.3%)
  2. 7TWO (3.8%)
  3. Eleven (3.4%)
  4. 7mate/ABC 2 (2.9%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News  — 1.582 million
  2. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.454 million
  3. Nine/NBN News — 1.315 million
  4. Nine/NBN News (6.30pm) — 1.266 million
  5. Masterchef Australia (Ten) — 1.245 million
  6. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.174 million
  7. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.127 million
  8. The Chase Australia 5.30pm (Seven) — 1.046 million
  9. 7pm ABC News — 996,000
  10. RBT -repeat (Nine) — 953,000

Top metro programs: None with a million or more 

Losers: Viewers of Nine, Seven and the ABC

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News — 995,000
  2. Seven News — 980,000
  3. Seven News/Today Tonight — 962,000
  4. Nine News (6.30pm) — 938,000
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) – 787,000
  6. 7pm ABC News – 673,000
  7. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 545,000
  8. Ten Eyewitness News — 509,000
  9. 7.30 (ABC) —484,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 324,000

Morning (National) TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 452,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 405,000
  3. News Breakfast (ABC,  164,000 + 79,000 on News 24) — 243,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) — 223,000
  5. Today Extra (Nine) — 170,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 122,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. TVHITS  (2.4%)
  2. Nick Jr (2.1%)
  3. Fox8  (1.9%)
  4. LifeStyle  (1.8%)
  5. Sky News (1.6%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. AFL: 360 (Fox Footy) – 70,000
  2. The Late Show With Matty Johns (Fox League) —59,000
  3. NRL: 360 (Fox League) — 58,000
  4. NCIS LA (TVHITS) — 52,000
  5. Nella The Princess Knight (Nick Jr) — 49,000

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