karl stefanovic

MAFS hit 1.359 million (down from 1.474 million a week earlier), Paramedics followed with 880,000 (down from 927,000 a week ago). This was Nine’s night. Seven’s MKR managed 727,000 (726,000 a week ago).

But all this isn’t the most striking change from Tuesday’s ratings. It was the sudden list, a sharp one in the figures for Nine’s Today — 272,000 nationally, 173,000 in the metros (the lowest for Karl Stefanovic and his new team on the program since January). Sunrise scored 475,000 nationally, with 272,000 in the metros — around its average figures.

Today’s figures have been gently dipping lower in the past couple of weeks but this was a drop that crippled the 2019 Today team. And to make it all the more telling, ABC News Breakfast’s national audience of 272,000 matched that of Today. And its metro audience of 177,000 beat Today’s of 173,000.

There's more to Crikey than you think.

Get more Crikey for just $199 $99.

Subscribe now

Now that could have been a one-off, but if there isn’t a strong rebound above 300,000 nationally and 200,000 in the metros immediately, then we can wonder if the great Nine experiment of returning Karl, plus Ally Langdon, to the hosting seats on Today is a certified failure.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (30.1%)
  2. Seven (24.5%)
  3. Ten (19.8%)
  4. ABC (16.4%)
  5. SBS (9.2%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (24.3%)
  2. Seven (16.1%)
  3. Ten (13.2%)
  4. ABC (11.8%)
  5. SBS ONE (6.4%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7mate (3.9%)
  2. 10 Bold (3.8%)
  3. 7TWO (2.9%) 
  4. 10 Peach (2.8%)
  5. ABC Kids/Comedy (2.4%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News  — 1.456 million
  2. Seven News 6.30 — 1.437 million
  3. MAFS (Nine) — 1.359 million
  4. Nine/NBN News 6.30  — 1.149 million 
  5. Nine/NBN News  6.30 — 1.125 million 
  6. ACA (Nine) — 1.089 million
  7. 7pm ABC News  — 988,000
  8. Home and Away (Seven) —961,000
  9. Paramedics (Nine) — 880,000
  10. The Chase Australia 5.30pm (Seven) — 834,000

Top metro programs: 
1. MAFS (Nine) — 1.005 million

Losers:
 MAFS (still crass), MKR (still confected), Today one off?

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News —951,000
  2. Seven News  6.30 —931,000
  3. Nine News 6.30  — 858,000
  4. Nine News — 848,000
  5. ACA (Nine) — 769,000
  6. 7pm ABC News — 691,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 520,000
  8. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 449,000
  9. Foreign Correspondent (ABC) — 400,000
  10. Ten News First — 361,000

Morning (National) TV:

  1. Sunrise: National: 475,000, Metro: 272,000 
  2. Today: National: 272,000, Metro: 173,000 
  3. News Breakfast (ABC, ABC News) — 272,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) — 241,000
  5. Today Extra (Nine) —120,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 63,000

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. The Bolt Report (Sky News) — 63,000
  2. Credlin (Sky News) — 49,000
  3. The Big Bang Theory (Fox Funny) — 48,000
  4. The Great British Bake-Off (LifeStyle Food), Paul Murray Live (Sky News) — 46,000

There's more to Crikey than you think.

It’s more than a newsletter. It’s where readers expect more – fearless journalism from a truly independent perspective. We don’t pander to anyone’s party biases. We question everything, explore the uncomfortable and dig deeper.

And now you get more from your membership than ever before.

Peter Fray
Peter Fray
Editor-in-chief of Crikey
Get more and save 50%