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Official ratings started last night but you would not have known. There was very little difference from the two previous Sunday nights. ABC’s Magical Land Of Oz narrated by Barry Humphries was the biggest change. Viewers tuned in for that debut (864,000 nationally) and the second episode of The Cry (707,000 nationally) and consigned Ten to a weak fourth place in total people and the main channels.

Insiders wont the morning — 583,000 on the ABC main channel and News 24. The ABC butchered Landline’s audience by moving it to 11am to accommodate a golf broadcast yesterday (and the move will be repeated next Sunday). Landline, Insiders and ABC News Breakfast were among the ABC’s best performers in 2018. What a silly decision.

Nine’s night because of MAFS (1.71 million nationally — what else can this lot say or do). MKR found a new leg and had its highest audience of this season (1.54 million) and its first million-plus metro audience (1.04 million, still well behind MAFS with 1.26 million). 

In regional markets Seven’s 6pm News won with 507,000, from MKR with 503,000, MAFS with 454,000, 60 Minutes was with 370,000 and the 7pm ABC News with 328,000.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (33.8%)
  2. Seven (29.4%)
  3. ABC (18.8%)
  4. Ten (15.7%)
  5. SBS (4.3%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (26.23%)
  2. Seven (22.8%)
  3. ABC (12.5%)
  4. Ten (10.4%)
  5. SBS ONE (2.7%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. GO (3.3%)
  2. 7mate (3.0%)
  3. 10 Peach (2.8%)
  4. ABC Kids/Comedy (2.7%)
  5. 10 Bold (2.3%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. MAFS (Nine) — 1.718 million
  2. MKR (Seven) — 1.549 million
  3. Seven News — 1.458 million
  4. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 1.274 million 
  5. Nine/NBN News — 1.258 million
  6. 7pm ABC News — 973,000
  7. I’m A Celebrity – Elimination (Ten) — 884,000
  8. Magical Land of OZ (ABC) — 864,000
  9. Operation Live (Seven) — 848,000
  10. I’m A Celebrity (Ten) — 773,000

Top metro programs:

  1. MAFS (Nine) — 1.263 million
  2. MKR (Seven) — 1.046 million

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News —951,000
  2. Nine News —940,000
  3. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 904,000
  4. 7pm ABC News — 645,000
  5. Insiders (ABC) — 390,000
  6. The Sunday Project 7pm (Ten) — 298,000
  7. 10 News First —  244,000
  8. The Sunday Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 176,000
  9. SBS World News — 120,000

Morning (National) TV:

  1. Insiders (ABC, ABC News) — 583,000
  2. Weekend Sunrise (Seven) — 394,000 
  3. Weekend Today (Nine) — 279,000 
  4. Offsiders (ABC) — 227,000
  5. Landline (ABC) — 135,000

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Cricket: BBL (Fox Cricket) — 181,000
  2. Cricket: Between The Innings (Fox Cricket) — 170,000
  3. Cricket: BBL (Fox Cricket) — 156,000
  4. Cricket: BBL Post Game (Fox Cricket) — 109,000
  5. Cricket: T20, Game 3, NZ v India (Fox Cricket) — 84,000

Peter Fray

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