Nine’s night thanks to The Block (1.33 million nationally) and True Stories with Hamish and Andy — 970,000 for the fresh episode and 738,000 for the repeat that followed. Nine won total people, main channels and the demos. End of story.

And we know Malcolm Turnbull retained his leadership, so who among the TV networks did well covering that? News Breakfast on the ABC saw 20,000 or so extra viewers with the special averaging 208,000. Sunrise and Today saw no discernible boost at all — in fact Today had 351,000 national and a low 226,000 metro viewers. Sunrise had 448,000 nationally and 263,000 in the metros. Both were lower than Monday’s ratings, whereas News Breakfast saw a rise.

Last night the 7pm ABC News mixed and matched with 7.30 — sharing hosts Juanita Phillips and Leigh Sales in a solid coverage. The ABC News added around 50,000 viewers from its normal ratings at 1.10 million national viewers. 7.30 had 856,000 nationally, which is about average. Audiences were up on Sky News after 7 pm — Paul Murray Live tied with Wentworth for the most watched program on Foxtel with 103,000 people (very high figures for Murray); Jones & Co averaged 99,000, also high, and The Bolt Report also did well with 83,000 as they gloated about the troubles of the PM.

Regionally it was Seven’s 6pm News on top with 608,000 then Seven News/Today Tonight with 485,000, Home and Away with 437,000 then The Chase Australia with 403,000 and The Block with 382,000.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (29.8%)
  2. Seven (25.8%)
  3. Ten (18.4%)
  4. ABC (17.8%)
  5. SBS (8.2%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (20.5%)
  2. Seven (16.2%)
  3. Ten (15.2%)
  4. ABC (12.2%)
  5. SBS ONE (5.9%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. GO (4.2%)
  2. 7mate (4.1%)
  3. 7TWO (3.5%)
  4. Gem, ONE (3.4%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1.  Seven News — 1.615 million
  2. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.457 million
  3. The Block (Nine) — 1.334 million
  4.  Nine/NBN News — 1.214 million
  5.  Nine/NBN News 6.30 — 1.183million
  6. 7pm ABC News — 1.106 million
  7. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.105 million
  8. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.043 million
  9. The Chase Australia 5.30pm (Seven) — 984,000
  10. True Story (Nine) — 970,000

Top metro programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.007 million

Losers: Dance Boss on Seven and Seven generally — off time.

Metro news and current affairs:

  1.  Seven News — 1.007 million
  2.  Seven News/Today Tonight — 972,000
  3. Nine News — 910,000
  4. Nine News6.30 — 772,000
  5. 7pm ABC News – 918,000
  6. A Current Affair (Nine) – 736,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 599,000
  8. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 535,000
  9. Foreign Correspondent (ABC) — 489,000
  10. Ten Eyewitness News — 356,000

Morning (National) TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 448,000
  2. Today (Nine) — 351,000
  3. Sunrise Liberal Leadership Extended (Seven) — 292,000
  4. News Breakfast (ABC, ABC News) — 272,000
  5. Liberal Leadership (ABC, ABC News) — 208,000
  6. Mornings (Nine) — 176,000
  7. The Morning Show (Seven) — 163,000
  8. Studio 10 (Ten) — 78,000

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Wentworth (showcase), Paul Murray Live (Sky News) — 103,000
  2. Jones &Co (Sky News) — 99,000
  3. AFL: 360 (Fox Footy) – 84,000
  4. The Bolt Report (Sky News) — 83,000

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