The Seven network has had a tough year — very few wins and lots of flops. Perhaps the best performance has been from The Front Bar, the AFL-skewing chat show on Thursday nights, which destroyed Nine’s long established AFL Footy Show. Last night it had another big win over Nine, both in ratings and vision. The Front Bar was reborn as a cricket-skewing chat show — same cast, same set, same beer, same time-slot and a winner. It won the 8.30 to 9.30pm time slot first up with 572,000 national viewers, and Seven, in programming it, showed up Nine for never doing something similar for the decades it had the rights to cricket.

Overall Seven won the night  in total people, Nine won in the main channels with another dreary episode of David Attenborough’s Seven Worlds One Planet (867,000 nationally). Over on Ten, Trial by Kyle is rapidly heading for the pre-Christmas discards bin with just 336,000 national viewers. That’s almost as bad as Love Island territory — talk about Wooden TV! Get the dump button out and press. In regional markets Seven News/TT won with 486,000 viewers, followed by Seven’s 6pm News with 456,000, then Home and Away with 336,000, Nine News 6.30 with 300,000 and the 7pm ABC News with 299,000.

Network channel share:

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  1. Seven (30.3%)
  2. Nine (29.4%)
  3. Ten (17.1%)
  4. ABC (15.8%)
  5. SBS (7.4%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (19.5%)
  2. Seven (18.5%)
  3. ABC (10.8%)
  4. TEN (10.0%)
  5. SBS ONE (4.2%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7mate (5.0%)
  2. 10 Bold (4.6%)
  3. 7TWO, GO (4.0%)
  4. Gem (3.4%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News/TT — 1.357 million
  2. Seven News — 1.331 million
  3. Nine/NBN News  — 1.106 million
  4. Nine /NBN News  6.30 — 1.097 million
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) — 913,000
  6. 7pm ABC News  — 908,000
  7. Home And Away (Seven) —887,000
  8. David Attenborough Seven Worlds One Planet (Nine) — 867,000
  9. 7.30 (ABC) —789,000
  10. Cricket: First Test, Australia v Pakistan, Day 1, Session 3 (Seven) — 719,000

Losers: Trial By Kyle – where’s vault where all flops go?

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 877,000
  2. Seven News/TT —875,000
  3. Nine News   — 828,000
  4. Nine News 6.30 — 797,000
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) — 635,000
  6. 7pm ABC News — 609,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 526,000
  8. Ten News First — 372,000
  9. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 360,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 224,000

Morning (National) TV:

  1. Sunrise: National: 491,000, Metro: 293,000
  2. Today: National: 284,000, Metro: 197,000
  3. News Breakfast (ABC, ABC News) — 250,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) — Pre-empted
  5. Today Extra (Nine) —165,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 72,000

Top five pay TV programs: N/A

  1. Cricket: First Test, Australia v Pakistan, Day 1  (Fox Cricket) — 174,000
  2. Cricket: First Test, Australia v Pakistan, Day 1 (Fox Cricket) —133,000
  3. Tea For Two (Fox Cricket) — 129,0000
  4. The Great Australian Bake-Off (LifeStyle) — 108,000
  5. Cricket: First Test, Australia v Pakistan, Day 1 (Fox Cricket) —95,000

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