Ratings the front bar
The Front Bar (Image: Channel 7)

The Front Bar was record-breaking last night — 659,000 nationally and 339,000 in Melbourne on Seven — the highest ever audiences for the program. The Melbourne audience was the largest for any program last night in any market across the country. 

The NRL Indigenous round started last night with Penrith beating Parramatta on Nine (604,000 nationally). Seven’s night, easily, from Nine, Ten and the ABC.

In regional markets Seven’s 6pm News with 583,000, then Seven News/Today Tonight with 568,000, then The Chase Australia 5.30pm, 388,000, followed by Home and Away with 347,000 and the 7pm ABC News with 308,000.

Network channel share:
Seven (32.6%)
Nine (26.0%)
Ten (19.9%)
ABC (15.4%)
SBS (6.0%)

Network main channels:
Seven (21.2%)
Nine (19.6%)
Ten (14.0%)
ABC (10.3%)
SBS ONE (3.8%)

Top 5 digital channels:
7TWO,7mate (4.1%)
10 Bold (3.8%)
ABC Kids/Comedy (2.9%)
GO (2.6%)

Top 10 national programs:
Seven News — 1.57 million
Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.51 million
Nine/NBN News — 1.23 million
Nine/NBN News 6.30 — 1.18 million
A Current Affair (Nine) — 992,000
The Chase Australia 5.30pm (Seven) — 977,000
7pm ABC News — 962,000
Home and Away (Seven) — 958,000
Masterchef Australia (Ten) — 905,000
Hot Seat (Nine) — 756,000

Top metro programs: None with a million or more viewers

Top Metro News and Current Affairs

Seven News — 995,000
Seven News/Today Tonight — 953,000
Nine News — 928,000
Nine News 6.30pm — 883,000
A Current Affair (Nine) — 697,000
7pm ABC News —653,000
7.30 (ABC) — 502,000
The Project 7pm (Ten) — 488,000
10 News First — 389,000
The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 268,000

Morning (National) TV:
Sunrise (Seven) — 468,000 (Metros: 268,000)
Today (Nine) — 295,000 (Metros: 205,000)
News Breakfast (ABC, ABC News) — 239,000
The Morning Show (Seven) — 202,000
Today Extra (Nine) — 110,000
Studio 10 (Ten) — 82,000

Top five pay TV programs:
NRL: Parramatta v Penrith (Fox League) — 241,000
NRL: The Late Show With Matty Johns (Fox League) —97,000
NRL: Thursday Night League (Fox League) — 73,000
Selling Houses Australia (LifeStyle) — 72,000
Aussie Gold Hunters (Discovery) — 69,000

Peter Fray

Help us keep up the fight

Get Crikey for just $1 a week and support our journalists’ important work of uncovering the hypocrisies that infest our corridors of power.

If you haven’t joined us yet, subscribe today and get your first 12 weeks for $12.

Cancel anytime.

Peter Fray
Editor-in-chief of Crikey

JOIN NOW