TV ratings have you been paying attention

Another weak night for Ten, although it got some welcome news from owners CBS. CBS’ production arm, CBS Studios International, has bought the rights to Ten’s Have You Been Paying Attention internationally. A few years ago, Working Dog, the producers of Have You Been Paying Attention, sold the international rights to another comedy show, Thank God You’re Here, which saw local versions produced in China, Ireland and several other countries. 

Have You Been Paying Attention was doing well last night with 1.03 million national viewers and the top program in its timeslot. It made up for the train wreck that is Blind Date — 509,000 nationally, down from 646,000 on debut a week ago. The turn on from Blind Date to Paying Attention was 525,000 viewers, or more than the audience for Blind Date. The Block averaged 1.34 million for Nine nationally but couldn’t crack the million mark in the metros (945,000).

Nine won total people, the main channels and the major demos, easily. In the regions Seven News/Today Tonight led with 524,000, from Seven’s 6pm News with 515,000, Home And Away with 409,000, The Block with 389,000 and the 7pm ABC News with 343,000.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (29.5%)
  2. Seven (7.02%)
  3. ABC (19.0%)
  4. Ten (17.7%)
  5. SBS (6.8%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (21.4%)
  2. Seven (18.1.%)
  3. ABC (14.6%)
  4. Ten (12.4%)
  5. SBS ONE (5.0%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO (3.6%)
  2. 7mate, GO,ONE (3.5%)
  3. Gem (3.1%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1.  Seven News — 1.476 million
  2. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.470 million
  3. The Block (Nine) — 1.341 million
  4.  Nine/NBN News 6.30 — 1.165 million
  5.  Nine/NBN News — 1.141 million
  6. 7pm ABC News — 1.071 million
  7. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.069 million
  8. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.038 million
  9. Have You Been Paying Attention (Ten) — 1.019 million
  10. 7.30 (ABC) — 915,000

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

Losers: Ten, except for Have You Been Paying Attention.

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 961,000
  2. Seven News/Today Tonight — 946,000n
  3. Nine News 6.30 — 892,000
  4. Nine News— 872,000
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) – 761,000
  6. 7pm ABC News – 728,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 635,000
  8. Media Watch (ABC) — 489,000
  9. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 613,000
  10. Four Corners (ABC) — 480,000
  11. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 441,000

Morning (National) TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 440,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 367,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) — 217,000
  4. News Breakfast (ABC, ABC News) —
  5. Mornings (Nine) — 
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) —

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. F1: US GP (Fox Sports) — 67,000
  2. The Bolt Report (Sky News) — 63,000
  3. MR INBETWEEN (showcase) — 59,000
  4. Paul Murray Live (Sky News) — 55,000
  5. Credlin (Sky News) — 51,000

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