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(Image: Network 10)

Last night’s national top 10 told the story — the top six programs nationally were news and current affairs between 6pm and 8pm, with the final Home and Away for 2018 the most watched non-news program 867,000. Nine won last night, and will win the week. Seven came next, with Ten in fourth, behind the ABC. That’s going to be situation normal until I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here reappears on Ten in mid January to remind us of the dross to come.

And that was it for another year. I’m off — the joys of the long break beckon, back in 2019 when the dream begins again. Remember, Nine will have the Australian Open tennis (that’s one of the first stirrings of a new year); Seven, meanwhile, will be Big Bashing. Both networks will no doubt boast about how well they “won” the black hole of summer.

And in regional Australia last night, it was Seven’s 6pm News with 491,000, then Seven News/Today Tonight with 479,000, Home and Away was next with 352,000, then the 5.30pm part of The Chase Australia with 298,000 and the 7pm ABC News was fifth with 291,000.  That’s a standard summer night’s line up in regional areas.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (30.8%)
  2. Seven (27.3%)
  3. ABC (19.8%)
  4. Ten (14.1%)
  5. SBS (7.9%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (9.71%)
  2. Seven (17.3%)
  3. ABC (13.9%)
  4. Ten (8.4%)
  5. SBS ONE (4.4%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. GO (4.2%)
  2. Gem (3.9%)
  3. 7mate (3.7%)
  4. 10 Bold (3.4%)
  5. 7TWO (3.2%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.372 million
  2. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.321 million
  3. Nine/NBN News — 1.097 million
  4. Nine/NBN News 6.30 — 1.045 million
  5. 7pm ABC News — 905,000
  6. A Current Affair (Nine) —901,000
  7. Home and Away (Seven) — 867,000
  8. The Chase Australia 5.30pm (Seven) — 814,000
  9. 7.30 (ABC) — 808,000
  10. Grand Designs Australia (ABC) — 757,000

Losers: The entire night — a collection of third- and fourth-tier programs, repeats and spakfilla.

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 881,000
  2. Nine News — 850,000
  3. Seven News/Today Tonight — 843,000
  4. Nine News 6.30 — 778,000
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) — 641,000
  6. 7pm ABC News – 614,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 545,000
  8. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 377,000
  9. Ten Eyewitness News — 355,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 252,000

Morning (National) TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 483,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 330,000
  3. News Breakfast (ABC, ABC News) — 278,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) — 215,000
  5. Mornings (Nine) — 144,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) —61,000

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Love It Or List It Australia (LifeStyle), The Bolt Report (Sky News) — 51,000
  2. Paul Murray Live (Sky News) — 50,000
  3. Gold Rush (Discovery) — 63,000
  4. The Simpsons (Fox8) – 47,000
  5. The Simpsons (Fox8) – 40,000

Peter Fray

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