Just another Tuesday night’s viewing in summer and the  viewing figures tell the story.  Viewers looked elsewhere after the news and current affairs ended at 7.30pm. Nine was a narrow victor in the metros. The summer boredom factor was also present on Foxtel –the fifth most watched program was an episode of Seinfeld, probably one of the most repeated programs on TV. While Paul Murray Live topped the night with 82,000 viewers. The Seinfeld repeat had more viewers than Credlin on Sky News which could only scratch together 40,000 viewers.

In the battle of the recycled cops, Midsomer Murders on Nine’s Gem (237,000 nationally) beat Inspector Morse on 7TWO (182,000 nationally). The repeated Rosemary and Thyme at 7.30pm on 7TWO also had more viewers than Morse — 233,000. New Tricks on Gem at 7.30pm in fact won the battle of the re-useable plods with 284,000 national viewers. Gem won the metro minor channel battle with a share of 4.2% — 7TWO had 3.7% in second.

In regional markets a win for Seven wit the 6pm News n top again wth 522,000 people, followed by Seven News/TT with 463,000, then Home and Away with 420,000, Border Patrol was fourth with 358,000 and fifth was The 5.30pm bit of The Chase with 346,000.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (28.0%)
  2. Seven (26.9%)
  3. Ten (18.3%)
  4. ABC (17.6%)
  5. SBS (9.2%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (18.5%)
  2. Seven (18.0%)
  3. Ten (12.2%)
  4. ABC (11.9%)
  5. SBS ONE (6.5%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. Gem (4.2%)
  2. 7TWO (3.7%)
  3. 7mate (3.5%)
  4. ONE (3.3%)
  5. ABC 2 (3.2%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News  — 1.399 million
  2. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.340 million
  3. Nine/NBN News 6.30 — 1.088 million
  4. Nine/NBN News — 1.043 million
  5. Home and Away (Seven) — 1040 million
  6. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.013 million
  7. 7pm ABC News — 943,000
  8. Air Rescue (Seven) — 918,000
  9. Border Patrol (Seven) — 891,000
  10. The Chase Australia 5.30pm (Seven) — 852,000

Losers: Just a weak, weak night

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 877,000
  2. Seven News/Today Tonight — 877,000
  3. Nine News 6.30pm — 844,000
  4. Nine News — 820,000
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) – 743,000
  6. 7pm ABC News – 649,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 496,000
  8. Ten Eyewitness News — 426,000
  9. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 397,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 286,000

Morning (national) TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 510,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 386,000
  3. News Breakfast (ABC, 168,000 + 88,000 on News 24) — 256,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) — 213,000
  5. Today Extra (Nine) — 154,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 104,000

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Paul Murray Live (Sky News)  — 82,000
  2. The Great British Bake-Off  (LifeStyle Food) — 61,000
  3. Jones & Co (Fox Sports 1) — 61,000
  4. PML Overtime (Sky News) — 56,000
  5. Seinfeld (111) — 48,000

Peter Fray

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