Even though The Block failed to grab a million or more metro viewers (978,000, tied with Seven’s 6pm News), it still managed 1.40 nationally, making it the top rated non news program after Seven’s News/Today Tonight from 6.30pm with 1.54 million. That was all Seven had last night, and with True Story with Hamish and Andy (880,000), it was a win for Nine overall, the main channels and in the demos that matter. Ten’s Australian Survivor, 913,000 — another strong Tuesday night and tenth nationally.

Seven’s Take Me Out (I’m a dud program) — 630,000 nationally from 7.30. It was so bad that there was a turn on to 800 Words (828,000) that followed Take Me Out. That is 198,000 people around the country deliberately avoiding Take Me Out and returning to Seven when it had ended. Now that is as clear a verdict from viewers.

In regional markets it was Seven’s 6pm News, 582,000; Seven News/Today Tonight, 570,000; The Block, 429,000; Home and Away, 406,000; and The Chase Australia with 390,000.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (31.5%)
  2. Nine (24.1%)
  3. Ten (19.5%)
  4. ABC (17.5%)
  5. SBS (7.5%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (22.1%)
  2. Nine (16.7%)
  3. Ten (13.6%)
  4. ABC (12.7%)
  5. SBS ONE (5.23%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. GO (4.6%)
  2. 7mate, ONE (3.5%)
  3. Gem (3.3%)
  4. 7TWO (2.8%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.547 million
  2. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.534 million
  3. The Block (Nine) — 1.407 million
  4. Nine/NBN News 6.30 — 1.266 million
  5. Nine/NBN News — 1.243 million
  6. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.164 million
  7. 7pm ABC News — 1.064 million
  8. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.031 million
  9. The Chase Australia (Seven) — 1.010 million
  10. Australian Survivor (Ten)— 913,000

Top metro programs: None with a million or more viewers.

Losers: Seven, Ten.

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News, The Block (Nine) — 978,000
  2. Nine News 6.30 — 953,000
  3. Seven News/Today Tonight — 951,000
  4. Nine News — 935,000
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) —817,000
  6. 7pm ABC News —724,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 582,000
  8. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 511,000
  9. Foreign Correspondent (ABC) — 498,000
  10. Ten Eyewitness News — 362,000

Morning (National) TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 472,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 337,000
  3. News Breakfast (ABC, ABC News) — 263,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) — 205,000
  5. Mornings (Nine) — 137,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 79,000

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. AFL: 360 (Fox Footy) – 82,000
  2. NRL: 360 (Fox League) — 71,000
  3. NRL: 360 (Fox League), NRL: The Fan (Fox League) — 62,000
  4. The Bolt Report (Sky News) — 53,000

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