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Friday and Sunday saw One Day Internationals on Fox Sports/Foxtel. Friday in Adelaide had a low 207,000 average as Australia won — that was 271,000 for the Australian innings and 143,000 for the unsuccessful South African chase. Interestingly, as news spread of the shock win by Australia, the audience for the post-game part of the broadcast peaked for the night, an average of 394,000. That’s not a good look and tells us how much the audience size depends on Australia’s performance.

The game in Hobart yesterday saw the audience jump to a 302,000 average for both innings, which will please those at Foxtel and Cricket Australia. With a fall in broadcast subscriber numbers in the September quarter, Foxtel’s/Fox Sports’ summer cricket coverage depends more heavily on Australia’s performance, as will Seven’s.

Elsewhere yesterday, Insiders averaged 578,000 and a top 10 national finish again. Landline averaged 457,000. Two of the best news and current affairs programs of 2018. Tonight Four Corners tackles the ABC’s instability.

Seven’s week last week, in all measures. Nine’s night last night. In regional markets it was Seven News with 467,000, then the 7pm ABC News with 354,000, All Together Now with 317,000, Queen with 294,000 and Nine/NBN News with 273,000

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (31.8%)
  2. Seven (30.3%)
  3. ABC (16.6%)
  4. Ten (13.7%)
  5. SBS (7.6%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (21.6%)
  2. Nine (18.0%)
  3. ABC (11.0%)
  4. Ten (8.8%)
  5. SBS ONE (5.0%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7mate (5.5%)
  2. GO (3.6%)
  3. 7TWO (3.5%)
  4. 9Life (3.4%)
  5. Gem (3.2%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.370 million
  2. Nine/NBN News — 1.088 million
  3. 7pm ABC News — 1.059 million
  4. All Together Now (Seven) — 1.001 million
  5. Queen: Days Of Our Lives (Nine) — 985,000
  6. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 907,000
  7. Don’t Stop The Music (ABC) — 675,000
  8. Sunday Night (Seven) — 660,000
  9. Insiders (ABC) — 578,000
  10. Pine Gap (ABC) — 515,000

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

Losers: viewers of Ten, again.

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 905,000
  2. Nine News— 815,000
  3. 7pm ABC News — 705,000
  4. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 643,000
  5. Sunday Night (Seven) — 432,000
  6. The Sunday Project 7pm (Ten) — 326,000
  7. Ten News First — 258,000
  8. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 198,000
  9. SBS World News — 142,000

Morning (National) TV:

  1. Insiders (ABC, ABC News) — 578,000
  2. Landline (ABC) — 457,000
  3. Weekend Sunrise (Seven) — 378,000
  4. Weekend Today (Nine) — 295,000
  5. Offsiders (ABC, ABC News) — 228,000
  6. Sports Sunday (Nine) — 174,000

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Cricket: 3rd ODI, Australia v South Africa (Fox Cricket) —326,000
  2. Cricket: 3rd ODI, Australia v South Africa (Fox Cricket) —277,000
  3. Cricket: 3rd ODI, Australia v South Africa The Big Break (Fox Cricket) —273,000
  4. Cricket: 3rd ODI, Australia v South Africa Post Game (Fox Cricket) —231,000
  5. Cricket: 3rd ODI, Australia v South Africa Pre-Game (Fox Cricket) —62,000

Peter Fray

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