More rubbish from Seven — the second episode of The Singles Wives got 533,000 viewers, down from 571,000 on Wednesday night. The metro audience fell 18,000 to 357,000 and the regional audience fell 20,000 to 176,000. The program that followed at 8.45pm — Flights From Hell averaged 308,000 nationally. No wonder Seven dropped into third place in the main channels, behind Nine and Ten. Such was the weakness of Seven’s effort from 7.30pm, all they had to do was turn up. Ten’s Masterchef stood out as an exemplar of good taste with 1.15 million viewers. 

But it was not all bad news for Seven. The Front Bar dished up another whacking for Eddie McGuire and The Footy Show on Nine. In the important Melbourne market The Front Bar had 202,000 viewers, The Footy Show, 165, 000.  

In regional markets Seven’s 6pm News was on top with 537,000, followed by Seven News/Today Tonight with 476,000, then Home and Away with 391,000, the 5.30pm part of The Chase Australia was fourth with 338,000 and the 7pm ABC News was fifth with 309,000.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (28.5%)
  2. Nine (26.2%)
  3. Ten (22.0%)
  4. ABC (13.9%)
  5. SBS (9.3%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (18.0%)
  2. Ten (16.4%)
  3. Seven (16.1%)
  4. ABC (9.5%)
  5. SBS ONE (6.7%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7mate (5.0%)
  2. 7TWO(4.4%)
  3. GO (4.1%)
  4. 7flix (3.0%)
  5. Eleven (2.9%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News  — 1.518 million
  2. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.431 million
  3. Nine/NBN News — 1.195 million
  4. Nine/NBN News 6.30  — 1.182 million
  5. Masterchef Australia (Ten) — 1.150 million
  6. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.054 million
  7. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.031 million
  8. The Chase Australia 5.30pm (Seven) — 952,000
  9. 7pm ABC News — 941,000
  10. Grand Designs Australia (ABC) — 768,000

Top metro programs: None with a million or more viewers

Losers: Seven viewers

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 981,000
  2. Seven News/Today Tonight — 955,000
  3. Nine News – 915,000
  4. Nine News 6.30 — 896,000
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) – 766,000
  6. 7pm ABC News – 632,000
  7. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 518,000
  8. 7.30 (ABC) — 438,000
  9. Ten Eyewitness News — 429,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 349,000

Morning (National) TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 428,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 326,000
  3. News Breakfast (ABC, ABC News) — 238,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) — 233,000
  5. Today Extra (Nine) — 152,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 93,000

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. NRL: Parramatta v Canterbury (Fox League) — 202,000
  2. Aussie Gold Hunters (Discovery), The Late Show With Matty Johns (Fox League) — 75,000
  3. AFL: 360 (Fox Footy) – 59,000
  4. British Open Golf: Round 1 (Fox Sports) — 55,000

Peter Fray

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