(Image: ABC iView)

Saturday’s Victorian election result not only rattled state and national politics over the weekend, it also shook the TV market. In many ways the result on TV was as crushing as the result in the poll.

In Melbourne, the ABC coverage on the main channel (196,000) and ABC News (72,000) totalled 268,000 and dominated the night. Seven in Victoria was watched by 144,000 (116,000 in Melbourne) and 122,000 for Nine in Victoria (98,000 in Melbourne). Insiders grabbed 700,000 nationally yesterday morning for its dissection of the election result. That was a top 10 finish for the fourth time this year. Victoria Votes on Sky News attracted 56,000 people which was the most watched evening program on Foxtel on Saturday night.

For the T20 internationals, Friday’s game was once again rain affected, but drew an average of 227,000 on Foxtel. Last night’s third international in Sydney was watched by an average of 447,000 for both innings which is the highest so far for Foxtel. In regional markets, last night it was Seven’s 6pm News in front with 486,000, All Together Now was second with 357,000, then the 7pm ABC News with 322,000, Supercars with 299,000 and Sunday Night with 284,000.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (32.4%)
  2. Nine (29.2%)
  3. Ten (15.3%)
  4. ABC (15.2%)
  5. SBS (7.9%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (20.7%)
  2. Nine (19.4%)
  3. ABC (10.8%)
  4. Ten (10.1%)
  5. SBS ONE (5.0%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7mate (5.0%)
  2. 7TWO (4.0%)
  3. Gem (3.6%)
  4. ONE (3.%)
  5. 10Peach (2.6%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.375 million
  2. Nine/NBN News — 1.102 million
  3. All Together Now (Seven)  — 1.074 million
  4. 7pm ABC News —988,000
  5. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 913,000
  6. Sunday Night (Seven) — 856,000
  7. RBT (Nine) — 729,000
  8. Insiders (ABC, ABC News) — 700,000
  9. Don’t Stop The Music (ABC) — 653,000
  10. Supercars Podium (Ten) — 590,000 

Top metro programs: None with a million or more viewers

Losers: Anyone who missed Don’t Stop the Music.

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 888,000
  2. Nine News — 812,000
  3. 7pm ABC News – 666,000
  4. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 647,000
  5. Sunday Night (Seven) — 571,000
  6. The Sunday Project 7pm (Ten) — 320,000
  7. 10 News First — 275,000
  8. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 211,000
  9. SBS World News — 121,000

Morning (National) TV:

  1. Insiders (ABC, ABC News) — 700,000
  2. Landline (ABC) — 389,000
  3. Weekend Sunrise (Seven) — 325,000
  4. Weekend Today (Nine) — 302,000
  5. Offsiders (ABC) — 235,000
  6. Sports Sunday  (Nine) — 174,000

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Cricket: 3rd T-20, Australia v India Big Break (Fox Cricket) — 469,000
  2. Cricket: 3rd T-20, Australia v India  (Fox Cricket) — 460,000
  3. Cricket: 3rd T-20, Australia v India  Post Game Fox Cricket) — 439,000
  4. Cricket: 3rd T-20, Australia v India  (Fox Cricket) — 404,000
  5. Supercars (Fox Sports) — 281,000

Peter Fray

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