(Image: Nine)

Tuesday night, what a black hole. Masterchef Australia stood out — 1.3 million and easily the most watched non-news program.

Nothing else mattered. Seven’s hour of news from 6 to 7pm averaged 1.85 million, Nine’s hour, 1.47 million. As usual they were the peak programs for the night and it was all downhill from there. ABC’s 7pm news averaged 1.24 million.

In breakfast Today slipped again — under 300,000 nationally with 295,000 and back under 200,000 for the metros with 199,000. That was third behind ABC’s News Breakfast, 330,000/221,000 and Sunrise was on top with 505,000/299,000.  

If Nine’s revamp of Today in 2019 was a flop, how do you describe the even more expensive revamp of Today in 2020 with with Karl Stefanovic as the main host?

In the regions, Seven News, 715,000, Seven News 6.30, 669,000, Home and Away, 393,000, The Chase Australia 5.30pm, 459,000, 7pm ABC news, 368,000.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (26.2%)
  2. Nine (25.02%)
  3. Ten (22.1%)
  4. ABC (17.6%)
  5. SBS (9.1%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (17.7%)
  2. Seven (16.5%)
  3. Ten (15.5%)
  4. ABC (12.6%)
  5. SBS ONE (6.1%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 10 Bold (4.1%)
  2. 7TWO (3.7%)
  3. 7mate (3.6%)
  4. ABC Kids/Comedy (2.7%)
  5. 10 Peach (2.5%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.90 million
  2. Seven News 6.30 — 1.8 million
  3. Nine/NBN News — 1.51 million
  4. Nine/NBN News 6.30 — 1.43 million
  5. Masterchef Australia (Ten) — 1.3 million
  6. 7pm ABC News — 1.24 million
  7. The Chase Australia 5.30pm (Seven) — 1.13 million
  8. ACA (Nine) — 1.09 million
  9. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.05 million
  10. 7.30 (ABC) — 892,000

Top metro programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.19 million
  2. Nine News — 1.17 million
  3. Seven News 6.30 — 1.14 million
  4. Nine News 6.30 — 1.1 million

Losers: Nine, Seven — dull

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 1.19 million
  2. Nine News — 1.17 million
  3. Seven News 6.30 — 1.14 million
  4. Nine News 6.30 — 1.1 million
  5. 7pm ABC News – 874,000
  6. A Current Affair (Nine) – 762,000
  7. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 637,000
  8. 7.30 (ABC) — 628,000
  9. Foreign Correspondent (ABC) — 483,000
  10. Ten Eyewitness News — 407,000

Morning (National) TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 505,000/299,000
  2. News Breakfast (ABC, ABC News) — 330,000/221,000
  3. Today (Nine) – 295,000/199,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) — 268,000
  5. Today Extra (Nine) — 165,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 69,000

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Jones & Credlin (Sky News) –77,000
  2. The Bolt Report (Sky News) – 73,000
  3. Paul Murray Live (Sky News) — 71,000
  4. Credlin (Sky News) – 66,000
  5. PML Later (Sky News) – 51,000

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