So how did the first night of Ten’s Pilot Week go? Off course, of course. The comedy show, Skit Happens 484,000 (350,000 in the metros and and 134,000 in the regions). Disgrace (with Sam Dastyari as host) 303,000 (229,000 in the metros and just 75,000 in the regions). Interesting idea, badly produced. Russell Coight’s All Aussie Adventures was Ten’s best program with 957,000 viewers nationally (its now bedded down).

Ten’s metro main channel share was just 7.7%. The ABC finished third with Ten a weak fourth. Seven may have won total people (thanks to a big audience for AFL games on 7Mate) but Nine was a big winner in the main channels especially thanks to The Block which was the most watched program nationally with 1.58 million and the most watched in the metros with 1.11 million. Rake returned to the ABC on topic (he’s now a Senator and there was plenty of funny business in Canberra) and 1.03 million national viewers tuned in. ABC TV’s Insiders saw its audience climb with the hot air from Canberra — 556,000 nationally.

In the regions Seven’s 6pm News was tops with 569,000 viewers, The Block was second with 466,000, Little Big Shots with 456,000, Nine’s 6pm News with 425,000 and the 7pm ABC News with 333,000.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (32.5%)
  2. Nine (30.1%)
  3. ABC (17.3%)
  4. Ten (12.5%)
  5. SBS (7.6%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (21.4%)
  2. Seven (19.3%)
  3. ABC (13.5%)
  4. Ten (7.7%)
  5. SBS ONE (6.0%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7mate (7.3%)
  2. 7TWO (4.0%)
  3. GO (3.3%)
  4. Gem (3.0%)
  5. ONE (2.6%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.6.45 million
  2. The Block (Nine) — 1.585 million
  3. Nine/NBN News — 1.485 million
  4. Little Big Shots (Seven) — 1.360 million
  5. Rake (ABC) — 1.038 million
  6. 7pm ABC News — 1.031 million
  7. Russell Coights All Aussie Adventures (Seven) — 957,000
  8. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 910,000
  9. Grand Designs (ABC), Sunday Night (Seven) — 879,000

Top metro programs:

  1. The Block (Nine) — 1.119 million
  2. Seven News — 1.076 million
  3. Nine News — 1.029 million

Losers: Ten’s pilots – Disgrace went missing

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 1.076 million
  2. Nine News — 1.029 million
  3. 7pm ABC News – 702,000
  4. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 621,000
  5. Sunday Night (Seven) — 567,000
  6. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 334,000
  7. Ten Eyewitness News — 276,000
  8. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 232,000
  9. SBS World News — 150,000

Morning (National) TV:

  1. Insiders (ABC, ABC News) — 556,000
  2. Landline (ABC) — 453,000
  3. Weekend Sunrise (Seven) — 437,000
  4. Weekend Today (Nine) — 330,000
  5. Sports Sunday (Nine) — 228,000
  6. Offsiders (ABC) — 219,000

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. NRL: Canberra v Easts (Fox League ) — 253,000
  2. AFL: West Coast v Melbourne (Fox Footy) — 240,000
  3. NRL: Canterbury v NZ Warriors (Fox League ) — 215,000
  4. AFL:Carlton v Footscray (Fox Footy) — 197,000
  5. AFL:Adelaide v North Melbourne (Fox Footy) — 164,000

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