Nine’s night thanks to Australian Ninja Warriors — 2.32 million national viewers — 1.57 million in the metros and 668,000 in the regions. Bread and circuses win again. MasterChef got 1.15 million nationally while Seven and the ABC were left behind. SBS did OK with Tour De France back (great win by Bling Matthews). In fact Seven was third in metro main channels after Nine and Ten. Seven has gone camping for ten days to return, presumably, when the Ninjas finishes. 

In regional markets Ninjas topped the night with 668,000. Seven News was second with 664,000, Seven News/TT was third with 554,000, then Home and Away with 490,000 and the 5.30pm part of The Chase Australia was 5th with 465,000.

Tonight its Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell. Will he get even with Barrie Cassidy and Insiders for stealing a Bill Shorten Zinger on Sunday? Nina has more heart searching/angst/you know what on Offspring, discovers that she’s really a Ninja Warrior in anther life on Nine. Chaos ensues. Will she settle down with Vulcan at last?

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (36.2%)
  2. Seven (21.4%)
  3. Ten (20.3%)
  4. ABC (14.5%)
  5. SBS (7.6%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (28.8%)
  2. Ten (14.4%)
  3. Seven (13.3%)
  4. ABC (10.1%)
  5. SBS ONE (6.0%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. Eleven (3.6%)
  2. Gem (3.4%)
  3. 7mate (3.1%)
  4. ABC 2, 7TWO (2.8%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Australian Ninja Warriors (Nine) — 2.238 million
  2. Seven News  — 1.738 million
  3. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.561 millionn
  4. Nine/NBN News (6.30pm) — 1.386 million
  5. Nine/NBN News — 1.370 million
  6. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.227 million
  7. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.192 million
  8. Masterchef Australia (Ten) — 1.158 million
  9. The Chase Australia 5.30pm (Seven) — 1.111 million
  10. 7pm ABC News — 1.067 million

Top metro programs:

  1. Australian Ninja Warriors (Nine) — 1.570 million
  2. Seven News — 1.070 million
  3. Nine News 6.30 — 1.064 million
  4. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.035 million
  5. Nine News — 1.034 million

Losers: Seven, because it has thrown in the towel.

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 1.070 million
  2. Nine News (6.30pm) — 1.065 million
  3. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.035 million
  4. Nine News — 1.034 million
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) – 837,000
  6. 7pm ABC News —735,000
  7. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 583,000
  8. 7.30 (ABC) — 546,000
  9. Ten Eyewitness News — 471,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 360,000

Morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 514,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 423,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) — 240,000
  4. News Breakfast (ABC, 164,000 + 74,000 on News 24) — 238,000
  5. Today Extra (Nine) — 197,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 129,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. TVHITS  (2.5%)
  2. SKY News, Fox8  (1.9%)
  3. Nick Jr (1.7%)
  4. LifeStyle  (1.6%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. AFL: 360 (Fox Footy) – 76,000
  2. Game Of Thrones (showcase) — 68,000
  3. Paw Patrol (Nick Jr) — 63,000
  4. Paw Patrol (Nick Jr) – 58,000
  5. Back Page (Fox Sports 501) — 55,000

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