TV ratings have you been paying attention

Not too many Mondays to go in official ratings — only one, so not much time left for the remaining serious ratings-pullers on air. These include Ten’s consistent Have You Been Paying Attention — 1.07 million viewers nationally last night — the most watched non-news program. It out-rated the rubbishy Bride and Prejudice: The Forbidden Weddings on Seven, which managed 1.01 million. Both will be back in the lineups of the two networks in 2019. That was the final Attention for the year. It bowed on a top note and Ten said its average audience rose 11% this year, which is not bad going on a network emerging from its near death experience in 2017. It has been one of the few consistent successes of 2018.

Seven still won the night and the demos. The ABC bested Ten and pushed it into fourth slot, even with Four Corners going on holidays last week after the effort on the ABC leadership. The top programs in regional areas were Seven’s 6pm News with 536,000, Seven News/Today Tonight with 512,000, Home and Away with 575,000, the 5.30pm bit of The Chase Australia with 333,000 and Bride and Prejudice with 327,000.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (29.1%)
  2. Nine (24.3%)
  3. ABC (199%)
  4. Ten(19.6%)
  5. SBS (7.1%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (18.8%)
  2. Nine (16.6%)
  3. ABC (15.7%)
  4. Ten (13.3%)
  5. SBS ONE (4.5%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO, 10 BOSS (4.4%)
  2. ONE (3.7%)
  3. 7mate (3.5%)
  4. ABC Kids/Comedy, Gem (2.3%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.521 million
  2. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.470 million
  3. Nine/NBN News 6.30 — 1.205 million
  4. Nine/NBN News — 1.175 million
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.123 million
  6. Have You Been Paying Attention (Ten) — 1.070 million
  7. 7pm ABC News — 1.015 million
  8. Bride and Prejudice: The Forbidden Weddings (Seven) — 1.014 million
  9. 7.30 (ABC) — 999,000
  10. Home and Away (Seven) — 991,000

Top metro programs: None.

Losers: God Friended Me on Seven — down to 695,000 nationally, the Casino Royale movie on Nine, 361,000.

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 985,000
  2. Seven News/Today Tonight — 958,000
  3. Nine News — 914,000
  4. Nine News  6.30 — 901,000
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) – 800,000
  6. 7pm ABC News – 703,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 675,000
  8. Australian Story (ABC) — 632,000
  9. Media Watch (ABC) — 585,000
  10. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 469,000

Morning (National) TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 446,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 342,000
  3. News Breakfast (ABC, ABC News) — 266,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) — 205,000
  5. Mornings (Nine) — 154,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 87,000

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Outlander (FOX SHOWCASE) — 59,000
  2. The Walking Dead (FOX SHOWCASE) — 57,000
  3. Paul Murray Live (Sky News) — 54,000
  4. The Bolt Report (Sky News) — 49,000
  5. The War Wagon (Foxtel Classics) — 43,000

Peter Fray

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