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The Front Bar (Image: Channel 7)

Did you see the AFL Footy Show on Nine last night? Not many did — the audience is still shrinking. 92,000 viewers in Melbourne, the AFL heartland, and 194,000 nationally, the lowest ever — the repeat episode of Foyle’s War on 7TWO did better with 212,000. What of The Front Bar on Seven ? Well, 513,000 nationally (up from 494,000 last week) and 263,000 in Melbourne against 277,000 a week ago. 

But it got worse for Nine last night — the 6 to 7pm News hour was again well beaten in the metros, regions and nationally (with a margin of 370,000 viewers nationally across the hour in favour of Seven). With no Married At First Sight on Nine and My Kitchen Rules adding 270,000 viewers (to 1.36 million nationally) Seven easily won the night with Nine lagging badly. The ABC was third and Ten a distant fourth, again. In breakfast, however, Today got over 200,000 metro viewers with 202,000 which was a small smile for Nine yesterday.

In the regions it was Seven’s 6pm News with 497,000, Seven News/Today Tonight with 480,000, then My Kitchen Rules with 453,000, Home and Away with 397,000 and the 5.30pm bit of The Chase Australia with 339,000.

Network channel share:
Seven (34.0%)
Nine (24.3%)
ABC (18%.8)
Ten (16.0%)
SBS (6.9%)

Network main channels:
Seven (25.1%)
Nine (16.3%)
ABC (14.2%)
Ten (8.6%)
SBS ONE (4.7%)

Top 5 digital channels:
10 Bold (5.1%)
7TWO (3.4%)
GO, 7mate (3.2%)
9Life (2.5%)

Top 10 national programs:
Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.50 million
Seven News — 1.47 million
MKR (Seven) — 1.36 million
Nine/NBN News 6.30 — 1.18 million
Nine/NBN News — 1.14 million
Home and Away (Seven) — 1.12 million
A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.05 million
Hard Quiz (ABC) — 1.02 million
7pm ABC News — 1.01 million
7.30 (ABC) — 952,000

Top metro programs:
Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.02 million

Metro news and current affairs:
Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.02 million
Seven News — 974,000
Nine News 6.30 — 896,000
Nine News — 868,000
A Current Affair (Nine) – 776,000
7pm ABC News —683,000
7.30 (ABC) — 657,000
The Project 7pm (Ten) — 391,000
10 News First — 349,000
The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 229,000

Morning (National) TV:
Sunrise (Seven) — 475,000 (Metros: 287,000)
Today (Nine) — 284,000 (Metros: 202,000)
News Breakfast (ABC, ABC News) —253,000
The Morning Show (Seven) — 202,000
Today Extra (Nine) — 141,000
Studio 10 (Ten) — 85,000

Top five pay TV programs:
Gogglebox Australia (LifeStyle) — 184,000
Selling Houses Australia (LifeStyle) — 179,000
AFL 360 (Fox Footy) — 62,000
The Bolt Report, Paul Murray Live (Sky News) — 58,000