For yet another night, Seven’s broadcast of the Winter Olympic Games from South Korea has hit the ratings jackpot. Starting at 9 pm, late in prime time, The Games coverage gathered a national average audience of nearly 1.3 million viewers, which swamped the other networks and gave Seven an easy win on the night. But there was a further 419,000 that watched the Games on 7mate until 9pm, so the real audience across the two Seven channels for the Games was over 1.7 million people.

The Winter Games though did viewers a great service, it squashed Nine’s latest attempt to get into another dating genre reality show — it’s called Date Night and ran for half an hour from 9pm — 735,000 nationally. It lost half Married at First Sight’s audience, many of whom went to the Games. It was followed by the grubby One Night With My Ex at 9.30pm – 313,000 nationally, while at 10.30 pm Beauty and The Beach got 138,000 nationally. That’s almost fade to black territory. No wonder Nine is putting them on against the Games.

In regional markets My Kitchen Rules was tops with 512,000, followed by Seven News with 501,000, Married was third with 422,000, Seven news/Today Tonight was fourth with 419,000 and Home and Away was fifth with 418,000.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (38.7%)
  2. Nine (25.9%)
  3. Ten (16.9%)
  4. ABC (13.0%)
  5. SBS (5.6%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (26.6%)
  2. Nine (19.8%)
  3. Ten (11.6%)
  4. ABC (9.0%)
  5. SBS ONE (4.1%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7mate (7.3%)
  2. Gem (3.1%)
  3. Eleven (3.0%)
  4. 7TWO (2.9%)
  5. ONE (2.3%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. MKR (Seven) — 1.537 million
  2. Seven News  — 1.513 million
  3. Married At First Sight (Nine) — 1.480 million
  4. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.350 million
  5. Winter Olympics Night 4 (Seven) — 1.293 million (plus another 419,000 watching other feeds on 7Mate)
  6. Nine/NBN News 6.30pm  — 1.205 million
  7. Nine/NBN News — 1.147 million
  8. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.348 million
  9. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.097 million
  10. 7pm ABC News — 948,000

Top metro programs:

  1. Married At First Sight (Nine) — 1.057 million
  2. MKR (Seven) — 1.025 million
  3. Seven News — 1.012 million

Losers: Date Fright, sorry Night, Sight or whatever, on Nine

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 1.012 million
  2. Seven News/Today Tonight — 931,000
  3. Nine News 6.30pm — 903,000
  4. Nine News — 882,000
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) – 778,000
  6. 7pm ABC News – 650,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 538,000
  8. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 482,000
  9. Ten Eyewitness News — 396,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 303,000

Morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 504000
  2. Today (Nine) – 382,000
  3. News Breakfast (ABC,  166,000 + 79,000 on News 24) — 245,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) — 195,000
  5. Today Extra (Nine) — 166,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 121,000

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Cricket: Trans Tasman T20 (Fox Sports) — 53,000
  2. Paul Murray Live (Sky News) — 50,000
  3. The Bolt Report (Sky News) — 49,000
  4. Credlin (Sky News) — 48,000
  5. Jones & co (Sky News) — 44,000

Peter Fray

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