Married at First Sight (1.295 million national viewers) and I’m A Celebrity (1.04 million nationally) — end of night. Ten was second in the metro main channels ahead of Seven because of Celebrity and Googlebox Australia (992,000 nationally).

The snow games, and the ice skating and whatever start today on Seven. It will be a very expensive broadcast for not much gain, I suspect. But hopefully I am proved wrong, for Seven’s share price sake.

In the regions, Seven News was tops with 507,000 viewers, then Seven News/Today Tonight with 454,000, Home and Away was third with 403,000, Married at First Sight was fourth with 357,000 and fifth was the 7pm ABC News with 333,000. But the most interesting bit of programming was the way Seven slipped the “winter” edition of the Front Bar into its schedule last night at 9 o’clock. It averaged an encouraging 484,000 national viewers. That is a solid number and sets up an interesting tussle with Nine’s AFL Footy Show when it returns next month.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (29.0%)
  2. Seven (25.8%)
  3. Ten (23.4%)
  4. ABC (14.7%)
  5. SBS (7.1%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (21.2%)
  2. Ten (18.2%)
  3. Seven (17.01%)
  4. ABC (9.9%)
  5. SBS ONE (4.0%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO (3.7%)
  2. GO (3.1%)
  3. 7mate (3.0%)
  4. Gem (2.9%)
  5. ONE (2.8%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News  — 1.398 million
  2. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.298 million
  3. Married With Children (Seven) — 1.295 million
  4. Nine/NBN News 6.30 — 1.1135 million
  5. Nine/NBN News — 1.091 million
  6. I’m A Celebrity (Ten) — 1.040 million
  7. A Current Affair (Nine) — 997,000
  8. GoggleBox Australia (Ten) — 992,000
  9. 7pm ABC News — 976,000
  10. Home and Away (Seven) — 971,000

Top metro programs: None with a million or more viewers. 

Losers: Dull night

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 891,000
  2. Seven News/Today Tonight — 844,000
  3. Nine News — 836
  4. Nine News (6.30pm) — 826,000
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) – 701,000
  6. 7pm ABC News — 918,000
  7. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 560,000
  8. 7.30 (ABC) — 500,000
  9. Ten Eyewitness News — 430,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 356,000

Morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 479,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 379,000
  3. News Breakfast (ABC,  153,000 + 78,000 on News 24) — 231,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) — 197,000
  5. Today Extra (Nine) — 151,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 124,000

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. The Great Australian Bake-Off (LifeStyle) — 98,000
  2. Outback Opal Hunters (Discovery) — 71,000
  3. Grand Designs Australia (LifeStyle) — 65,000
  4. Gold Rush (Discovery) — 59,000
  5. Selling Houses Australia (LifeStyle) — 50,000

Peter Fray

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