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The first episode of the new season of Game of Thrones was broadcast yesterday on Fox Showcase. The live broadcast from 11am to 12.06pm averaged 193,300, the repeat at 3.20pm averaged 293,600 and the third broadcast from 8.30pm averaged 263,400.

Virginia Trioli was the stand-in host for last night’s episode of Q&A. The show’s 572,000 national viewers (421,000 in the metros and 151,000 in the regions) doesn’t sound much but it was a respectable performance in the post 9.30pm timeslot (it started at 9.45pm) after Media Watch (918,000) and Four Corners (995,000). In fact while Seven won the night and the demos thanks to the news and My Kitchen Rules (1.28 million), the ABC ran second in the main channels behind Seven with a share of 16.9% to 16.8% for Nine. 

Ten was in its now usual 4th in total people and the main channels. The Dancing With The Stars elimination averaged 782,000 from 7.30 to 9.30pm. Nine ran dead because it’s a non-ratings period.

In the regions Seven’s 6pm News won with 557,000, then Seven News/Today Tonight with 521,000, then My Kitchen Rules, 431,000, The Chase Australia 5.30pm, 373,000 and Home and Away, 372,000.

Network channel share:
Seven (29.4%)
Nine (24.5%)
ABC (21.5%)
Ten (17.6%)
SBS (6.9%)

Network main channels:
Seven (20.7%)
ABC (16.9%)
Nine (16.8%)
Ten (12.5%)
SBS ONE (4.8%)

Top 5 digital channels:
GO (3.7%)
7TWO (3.4%)
10 Bold (3.2%)
7mate (3.1%)
ABC Kids/Comedy (2.7%)

Top 10 national programs:
Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.57 million
Seven News — 1.56 million
My Kitchen Rules (Seven) — 1.28 million
Nine/NBN News 6.30 — 1.24 million
Nine/NBN News — 1.21 million
A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.09 million
7pm ABC News, Home and Away (Seven) — 1.04 million
Four Corners (ABC) — 995,000
Australian Story (ABC) —941,000

Top metro programs:
Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.05 million
Seven News — 1.00 million

Metro news and current affairs:
Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.05 million
Seven News — 1.00 million
Nine News 6.30 — 946,000
Nine News —926,000
A Current Affair (Nine) — 796,000
7pm ABC News — 731,000
Four Corners (ABC) — 710,000
7.30 (ABC) — 699,000
Australian Story (ABC) — 661,000
Media Watch (ABC) — 564,000

Morning (National) TV:
Sunrise (Seven) — 439 (Metros: 257,000)
Today (Nine) — 269,000 (Metros: 186,000)
News Breakfast (ABC, ABC News) — 268,000
The Morning Show (Seven) — 219,000
Today Extra (Nine) — 132,000
Studio 10 (Ten) — 105,000

Top five pay TV programs:
Game of Thrones (Fox Showcase) — 294,000
Game of Thrones (Fox Showcase) — 263,000
Game of Thrones (Fox Showcase) — 193,000
AFL: 360 (Fox Footy) — 87,000
Game of Thrones (Fox Showcase) — 85,000

Peter Fray

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