A weak night given that the most popular program — the The Chase Australia (1.09 million nationally) wasn’t in prime time. MasterChef was way behind with 754,000 and there was nothing else non-news to challenge. In the morning though Today had its best figures for some time — 339,000 nationally (well behind Sunrise’s 455,000) and its metro audience jumped to 222,000, only 40,000 behind Sunrise’s 262,000 (which was low by recent standards).

The battle was between Seven’s The Front Bar (572,000 nationally) and the Cricket World Cup game on Nine Gem (514,000 for the Australian batting in the first session). The match on Foxtel had 252,000 for the first session and 71,000 for the second. Sunday morning is the highlight for the long weekend — it’s the final hosting of Insiders by Barrie Cassidy, a moment to watch and remember a talent. 

In areas Seven’s 6pm News with 640,000, Seven News/Today Tonight with 603,000, The Chase Australia 5.30pm on 452,000, Home and Away on 380,000 and the 7pm ABC News on 331,000.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (30.9%)
  2. Seven (29.5%)
  3. Ten (17.0%)
  4. ABC (14.3%)
  5. SBS (8.3%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (17.5%)
  2. Nine (16.8%)
  3. Ten (11.0%)
  4. ABC (9.6%)
  5. SBS ONE (6.3%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. Gem (10.3%)
  2. 10 Bond (4.1%)
  3. 7TWO (3.8%)
  4. 7mate (3.3%)
  5. ABC Kids/Comedy (2.7%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.660 million
  2. Seven News/TT —  1.567 million
  3. Nine/NBN News — 1.218 million
  4. Nine/NBN News 6.30 — 1.211 million
  5. The Chase Australia 5.30pm (Seven) — 1.096 million
  6. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.011 million
  7. 7pm ABC News (ABC)  — 993,000
  8. Home and Away (Seven) — 977,000
  9. 7.30 (ABC) — 793,000
  10. Masterchef Australia (Ten) — 754,000

Top metro programs:

  1. Seven News– 1.020 million

Losers: Nine and Ten.

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 1.020 million
  2. Seven News/TT — 964,000
  3. Nine News — 911,000
  4. Nine News 6.30pm  — 894,000
  5. ACA (Nine) — 727,000
  6. 7pm ABC News – 662,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 519,000
  8. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 458,000
  9. 10 News First  — 405,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 279,000

Morning (National) TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) — 455,000 (Metros: 262,000)
  2. Today (Nine) —339,000 (Metros: 222,000)
  3. ABC News Breakfast (ABC, ABC News) —264,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) — 206,000
  5. Today Extra (Nine) — 143,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 89,000

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Cricket: World Cup, Australia v Windies (Fox Cricket) — 252,000 
  2. Cricket: World Cup, England v South Africa Innings Break (Fox Cricket) — 215,000 
  3. Aussie Gold Hunters (Discovery) — 83,000
  4. Cricket: World Cup, Australia v Windies (Fox Cricket) — 71,000 
  5. NRL: The Late Show With Matty Johns (Fox League) — 70,000

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