Ten started Bachelor in Paradise and it could only grab 939,000 nationally for the launch ep. Tonight is the big test — how many of those will return? Seven snuck the first final of Australian Spartan into the schedule last night and it could only manage 758,000 viewers. Grand Designs on the ABC (958,000) from 7.40pm beat Bachelor and Spartan — a big message for Ten and Seven there about serving up crap. Ten at last ended up third in front of the ABC in the metros. But it wasn’t much of an achievement.

Insiders dominated morning TV — 580,000 on the ABC main channel and ABC News. The cricket ball tampering scandal saw the audiences for Offsiders boosted to 363,000 on ABC News and the ABC main channel, while Nine’s Sports Sunday saw its audience jump to 317,000. That’s over 650,000 people tuning in for sports chat for half an hour or so. The 207,000 that watched Insiders on ABC News is one of the biggest audiences ever for the ABC’s news channel.

In regional markets, Seven News was top with 497,000, then ABC 7 pm News with 398,000, then Nine/NBN News 6.30pm with 345,000, 60 minutes was fourth with 342,000 and Nine/NBN News was fifth with 337,000.

Network channel share:

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  1. Nine (30.6%)
  2. Seven (27.3%)
  3. Ten (18.4%)
  4. ABC (17.4%)
  5. SBS (6.2%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (18.8%)
  2. Seven (17.9%)
  3. Ten (14.3%)
  4. ABC (12.3%)
  5. SBS ONE (4.8%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. CO (4.8%)
  2. Gem (4.0%)
  3. 7TWO (3.7%)
  4. 7mate (3.5%)
  5. 9Life (3.0%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News  — 1.627 million
  2. Nine/NBN News — 1.342 million
  3. 60 Minutes (Nine)  — 1.119 million
  4. 7pm ABC News — 1.112 million
  5. Grand Designs Australia (ABC) — 958,000
  6. Batchelor In Paradise (Ten) —939,000
  7. Australian Grand Prix (Ten) — 883,000
  8. Blue Planet 11 (Nine0 — 869,000
  9. Australian Spartan (Seven) — 758,000
  10. Sunday Night (Seven) — 718,000

Top metro programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.130 million

Losers: Ten, Seven. 

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 1.130 million
  2. Nine News — 990,000
  3. 60 Minutes (Nine) —778,000
  4. 7pm ABC News – 715,000
  5. Sunday Night (Seven) — 436,000
  6. The Sunday Project 7pm (Ten) — 424,000 
  7. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 423,000
  8. SBS World News — 148,000

Morning TV:

  1. Insiders (ABC, 373,000, 207,000 on ABC News) — 580,000
  2. Landline (ABC) — 444,000
  3. Weekend Sunrise (Seven) — 413,000
  4. Weekend Today (Nine) — 344,000
  5. Offsiders (ABC, 268,000, 95,000 on ABC News) —363,000
  6. Sports Sunday (Nine) — 317,000

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. F1: Australian GP (Fx Sports) — 279,000
  2. NRL: Easts v Newcastle (Fox League) — 263,000
  3. AFL: West Coast v Sydney (Fox Footy) — 239,000
  4. AFL: Melbourne v Geelong Page (Fox Footy) — 192,000
  5. Supercars Melbourne Race 6 (Fox Sports) — 185,000

As a Crikey subscriber and someone who began working as a journalist in 1957, I am passionate about the importance of independent media like Crikey. I met a lot of Australians from many walks of life during my career and did my best to share their stories honestly and fairly with their fellow citizens.

And I never forgot how important it is to hold politicians to account. Crikey does that – something that is more important now than ever before in Australia.

Liz
North Stradbroke Island, QLD

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