Welcome to the first ratings report of the 2017-18 summer. The second day of the Ashes Cricket test in Adelaide dominated of course with Australia batting, battling and then conquering England. The final session clocked 2.14 million national viewers (it was rain-affected, so the figure could have been higher). The second session averaged 1.70 million and the first early afternoon session, 1.42 million

And that meant an easy win for Nine (and no doubt tonight as well). Ten was weak, as you would expect. Insiders averaged 573,000 viewers for the ABC at 9am yesterday with its coverage of the New England By-Election and other events in politics. The hitches in the interview with Barnaby Joyce (a phone interview instead of a live TV cross) summed up the stumbling NBN problems. As panelist Laura Tingle pointed out, New England was where the NBN went first into regional Australia! 

Regional viewing was dominated by the cricket — 613,000 for session 3, 575,000 for session 2, Seven News had 518,000 for third, while Nine/NBN News had a preliminary 503,000 was fourth. Session 1 of the Test was fifth with 444,000.

Ten made The Sunday Project (6.30 – 7.30pm) disappear with the click of a mouse — it was in the early schedules, gone last night — replaced by a David Attenborough special Hotel Armadillo. Rested for the long break? The ratings were pretty average anyway. 

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (37.0%)
  2. Seven (28.5%)
  3. ABC (17.0%)
  4. Ten (11.4%)
  5. SBS (6.0%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (29.0%)
  2. Seven (19.9%)
  3. Ten (12.3%)
  4. SBS ONE (4.3%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO (3.9%)
  2. ABC 2, Go (3.0%)
  3. 7mate (29%)
  4. ONE (2.7%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Second Ashes Cricket: Session 3  — 2.144 million
  2. Second Ashes Cricket: Session 2  — 1.904 million
  3. Seven News — 1.708 million
  4. Second Ashes Cricket: Session 1  — 1.427 million
  5. Nine/NBN News — 1.407 million *
  6. Sunday Night – Summer (Seven) — 1.028 million
  7. 7pm ABC News — 963,000
  8. War On Waste – Turning the Tide (ABC) — 833,000
  9. Friday On My Mind Part 2 (ABC) — 650,000
  10. Movie: Robin Hood (Seven) — 629,000

*unadjusted estimate

Top metro programs:

  1. Second Ashes Cricket: Session 3  — 1.531 million
  2. Nine News — 1.389 million
  3. Second Ashes Cricket: Session 2  — 1.329 million
  4. Seven News — 1.190 million

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News — 1.389 million
  2. Seven News — 1.190 million
  3. 7pm ABC News —654,000
  4. Sunday Night – Summer (Seven) — 652,000
  5. 60 Minutes – Summer (Nine) — 452,000
  6. Ten Eyewitness News — 296,000
  7. SBS World News — 114,000

Morning (National) TV:

  1. Insiders (ABC, 372,000, 201,000 ABC News) — 573,000
  2. Weekend Sunrise (Seven) — 444,000
  3. Weekend Today (Nine) — 395,000
  4. Offsiders (ABC,  240,000 + 116,000 on ABC News) — 356,000
  5. A Taste of Landline repeat (ABC) — 229,000

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. A Place To Call Home (showcase) — 107,000
  2. Teen Mom 2 (MTV) — 47,000
  3. 24 Hours In Emergency (LifeStyle) — 45,000
  4. Life (Foxtel Movies) — 44,000
  5. NCIS (TVHITS) — 44,000

Peter Fray

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