Nine’s night, Nine’s week, good night, see you all next Sunday. Nine’s main channel audience in the metros had a share of 26.9%, which was more than Seven’s total people share of 25.9%. Australian Spartan flopped — it lost 27% of its opening audience of 1.21 million (nationally) to average 870,000 last night. The cost of the production can’t be supported by rating figures that low.

Married grabbed its biggest audience so far — 2.12 million nationally and 1.53 million in the metros. Its regional audience of 587,000 topped the night as well. That was all Nine needed to win, plus solid support from Nine News (1.34 million including the NBN regional news. It was just 51,000 behind the normally dominant Sunday night editions of Seven News) and 60 Minutes (1.14 million). The elimination past of  I’m A Celebrity on Ten averaged 905,000 and still beat Australian Spartan, which tells you how far Spartan slumped last night.

In the morning Insiders with 571,000 (384,000 in the metros and 187,000 in on ABC News) was the easy winner. Landline at Noon was very solid with 447,000 national viewers, more than the better resourced Weekend Sunrise — 413,000 — and Weekend Today – 336,000. In the regions, Nine’s Married averaging 587,000, followed by Seven News with 503,000, then the 6.30 part of Nine/NBN News with 375,000, ahead of the 7pm ABC News on 347,000 and Australian Spartan in fifth with 346,000.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (35.2%)
  2. Seven (25.9%)
  3. Ten (16.1%)
  4. ABC (15.4%)
  5. SBS (7.3%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (26.9%)
  2. Seven (15.4%)
  3. Ten (12.0%)
  4. ABC (11.3%)
  5. SBS ONE (5.7%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7mate (5.3%)
  2. 7TWO (3.1%)
  3. GO (3.0%)
  4. Gem (2.9%)
  5. ONE (2.3%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Married At First Sight (Nine) — 2.122 million
  2. Seven News — 1.400 million
  3. Nine/NBN News — 1.349 million
  4. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 1.148 million
  5. 7pm ABC News — 1.085 million
  6. Grand Designs (ABC) — 918,000
  7. I’m A Celebrity – Elimination (Ten) — 905,000
  8. Australian Spartan (Seven) — 870,000
  9. I’m A Celebrity – (Ten) — 830,000
  10. Howard’s End (ABC) — 813,000

Top metro programs:

  1. Married At First Sight (Nine) —1.535 million
  2. Nine News — 1.015 million

Losers: Seven — bad night, and will be a rotten week.

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News — 1.015 million
  2. Seven News — 897,000
  3. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 795,000
  4. 7pm ABC News – 738,000
  5. Sunday Night (Seven) — 488,000
  6. The Sunday Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 388,000
  7. Ten Eyewitness News — 202,000 *
  8. The Sunday Project 7pm (Ten) — 365,000
  9. SBS World News — 145,000

*pre-empted in some markets by car racing 

Morning TV:

  1. Insiders (ABC, 384,000, 187,000 on ABC News) — 571,000
  2. Landline (ABC) — 447,000
  3. Weekend Sunrise (Seven) — 413,000
  4. Weekend Today (Nine) — 336,000
  5. Offsiders (ABC, 222,000, 85,000 on ABC News) — 317,000
  6. Sports Sunday (Nine) — 182,000,  

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Cricket: 1st Test, South Africa v Australia Day 4 (Fox Sports) — 240,000
  2. Supercars Adelaide (Fox Sports) — 183,000
  3. Cricket: 1st Test, South Africa v Australia Day 4 (Fox Sports) — 157,000
  4. Supercars Adelaide (Fox Sports) — 126,000
  5. Supercars Adelaide (Fox Sports) — 114,000

Peter Fray

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