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(Image: Network Ten)

Gee that was quick. Only four nights into the first week of official ratings for 2019 and Ten has kindly donated the first prime time flop of the ratings year to viewers.

It was Changing Rooms from 7.30pm. A weak half hour program best suited to a minor channel like 10 Peach, which was blown out to 90 excruciating minutes. Viewers responded accordingly, with the program only attracting 304,000 national viewers (204,000 in the metros and just 100,000 in the regions). Desperate Ten can’t keep it in the schedule. That’s a million dollars or more gone in 90 minutes.

So it was Nine’s night thanks to the MAFS monster (1.72 million nationally, 1.29 million in the metros) — never has a person’s virginity brought so much ratings prosperity to a TV network. Seven’s MKR faded to a national 1.16 million, just when things were looking up. Ten tonight will do better with Gogglebox Australia tonight. But they have another problem emerging in the ratings of the The Project. For the past two nights, its audience figures in metro markets have been lower than the Ten News from 5-6pm.

Meanwhile, in the regions Seven’s 6pm News and Seven News/Today Tonight tied with 492,000, MAFS had 431,000, MKR was next with 401,000 and the 7pm ABC News had 321,000.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (33.6%)
  2. Seven (30.8%)
  3. ABC (15.7%)
  4. Ten (13.5%)
  5. SBS (6.5%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (25.7%)
  2. Seven (21.4%)
  3. ABC (11.3%)
  4. Ten (7.0%)
  5. SBS ONE (4.0%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 10 Bold (4.2%)
  2. GO (3.6%)
  3. 7mate (3.5%)
  4. 7TWO (2.9%)
  5. ABC Kids/Comedy (2.5%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. MAFS (Nine) — 1.721 million
  2. Seven News — 1.408 million
  3. Seven News/TT — 1.400 million
  4. MKR (Seven) — 1.167 million
  5. Nine/NBN News 6.30 — 1.105 million 
  6. Nine/NBN News — 1.075 million
  7. ACA (Nine) — 1.010 million
  8. 7pm ABC News — 933,000
  9. Hard Quiz (ABC) — 9,01000
  10. The Chase Australia 5.30 pm  (Seven) — 807,000

Top metro programs:

  1. MAFS (Nine) — 1.290 million

Losers: Nine’s 6pm News; Today (again).

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News —916,000
  2. Seven News/TT — 908,000
  3. Nine News —838,000
  4. Nine News 6.30 — 825,000
  5. ACA (Nine) — 717,000
  6. 7pm ABC News— 612,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 545,000
  8. 10 News First  — 365,000
  9. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 323,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 189,000

Morning (National) TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) — 465,000 (Metro: 282,000)
  2. Today (Nine) — 293,000 (Metro: 200,000)
  3. News Breakfast(ABC, ABC News) — 260,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) — 211,000
  5. Today Extra (Nine) — 123,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 82,000

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Gogglebox Australia (LifeStyle) — 120,000
  2. Paul Murray Live (Sky News) — 63,000
  3. The Bolt Report (Sky News) — 53,000
  4. PML Late (Sky News) — 48,000
  5. Credlin (Sky News) —44,000

Peter Fray

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