ABC news breakfast
(Image: ABC News Breakfast)

Following news of the Notre Dame fire in Paris there were increased numbers of viewers in the breakfast timeslot. The three main shows all had higher numbers than the previous day: Sunrise had 515,000 nationally and 310,000 in the metros, Today had 327,000 the highest national figure for month and ditto for the metro figure of 233,000, and ABC News Breakfast had 311,000 and 226,000 in the metros which were also very high figures.

That means over 1.15 million people watched the three breakfast programs yesterday, a reminder that it is a very important news slot. This was made to look even better by the fact that this week is the first period of the Easter holidays, so viewing levels have been easing all week.

In the evening Seven news won with close to 300,000 viewers over the hour nationally and the 7pm ABC news beat A Current Affair and Home and Away by a few thousand and topped the million viewer mark, adding around 49,000 people. Episode 2 of Employable Me on the ABC pulled in 475,000 nationally after 512,000 for the first part last week. Bachelor in Paradise averaged 676,000 but was easily topped by My Kitchen Rules with 1.26 million.

In the regions it was Seven’s 6pm News with 557,000, then Seven News/Today Tonight with 525,000, My Kitchen Rules with 439,000, Home and Away with 376,000 and The 5.30pm part of The Chase Australia with 374,000.

Network channel share:
Seven (29.9%)
Nine (26.4%)
Ten (18.3%)
ABC (16.6%)
SBS (8.8%)

Network main channels:
Seven (21.3%)
Nine (17.8%)
Ten (12.6%)
ABC (11.1%)
SBS ONE (6.1%)

Top 5 digital channels:
10 Bold (3.6%)
Gem (3.3%)
GO, ABC Kids (3.2%)
7mate (3.1%)

Top 10 national programs:
Seven News — 1.56 million
Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.52 million
Nine/NBN News — 1.223 million
My Kitchen Rules (Seven) — 1.26 million
Nine/NBN News 6.30 — 1.19 million
7pm ABC News — 1.055 million
Home and Away (Seven) — 1.053 million
A Current Affair (Nine) — 971,000
The Chase Australia 5.30pm (Seven) — 921,000
7.30 (ABC) — 822,000

Top metro programs:
Seven News — 1.007 million
Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.003 million

Top Metro News and Current Affairs
Seven News — 1.007 million
Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.003 million
Nine News — 918,000
Nine News 6.30 — 882,000
7pm ABC News —714,000
A Current Affair (Nine) — 696,000
7.30 (ABC) — 558,000
The Project 7pm (Ten) — 448,000
10 News First — 417,000
The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 285,000

Morning (National) TV:
Sunrise (Seven) — 515,000 (Metros: 310,000)
Today (Nine) — 327,000 (Metros: 233,000)
News Breakfast (ABC, ABC News) — 311,000
The Morning Show (Seven) — 233,000
Today Extra (Nine) — 150,000
Studio 10 (Ten) — 84,000

Top pay TV programs:
Paul Murray Pub Test (Sky News) — 63,000
AFL: 360 (Fox Footy), The Simpsons (Fox8) — 62,000
Game of Thrones (Fox Showcase) — 58,000
NRL: 360 (Fox League) — 57,000

Peter Fray

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