Big Brother 2020 (Image: Seven)

It was only a difference of 1000 viewers — the smallest observable TV ratings increment — so for all intents and purposes a tie, but Seven’s Big Brother attracted 1.035 million viewers while Nine’s The Voice had 1.034 million, on an otherwise very competitive night (13 programs with a million or more national viewers). From the previous Monday night, The Voice’s national audience eased from 1.08 million, while Big Brother’s jumped from 972,000.

Nine won the night and Seven lost it (even though its news had a 470,000 margin over Nine News from the 6pm). MasterChef  — 1.39 million in its final week — and Have You been Paying Attention — 1.11 million — drained many of Nine and Seven’s target viewers to easily dominate the demos. Q&A with Julia Gillard (638,000 nationally, up 60,000 from the previous week) was the usual talkathon.

On Foxtel, Alan Jones on Sky News managed 76,000 (from 109,000 viewers for his first night a week ago) — a 30%-plus fall. Last week he was tops on Foxtel. Along with The Bolt Report, Sky’s stable is going from small to smaller.

In the regions: Seven News on 672,000, Seven News 6.30, 635,000, The Chase Australia 5.30pm, 427,000, Home and Away, 405,000, ACA, 373,000.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (27.7%)
  2. Seven (24.8%)
  3. Ten (22.8%)
  4. ABC (17.5%)
  5. SBS (7.2%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (20.9%)
  2. Seven (17.9%)
  3. Ten (17.5%)
  4. ABC (13.5%)
  5. SBS ONE (4.3%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 10 Bold (3.4%)
  2. 7mate (2.9%)
  3. GO, 7TWO (2.6%)
  4. ABC Kids/Comedy (2.3%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.936 million
  2. Seven News 6.30 — 1.870 million
  3. Nine/NBN News — 1.471 million
  4. Nine/NBN News 6.30 — 1.396 million
  5. Masterchef (Ten) — 1.347 million
  6. 7pm ABC News — 1.225 million
  7. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.215 million
  8. Have You Been paying Attention (Ten) — 1.111 million
  9. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.100 million
  10. The Chase Australia 5.30pm (Seven)— 1.087 million

Top metro programs:

  1. Seven News— 1.264 million
  2. Seven News 6.30 — 1.235 million
  3. Nine News — 1.113 million
  4. Nine News 6.30— 1.050 million
  5. Masterchef Australia (Ten) — 1.047 million

Losers:  Seven after the 6pm news; The Voice on Nine.

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News— 1.264 million
  2. Seven News 6.30 — 1.235 million
  3. Nine News — 1.113 million
  4. Nine News 6.30— 1.050 million
  5. 7pm ABC News —865,000
  6. A Current Affair (Nine) —842,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 723,000
  8. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 591,000
  9. Media Watch (ABC) — 504,000
  10. Four Corners (ABC) — 437,000

Morning (National) TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) — 451,000/260,000
  2. Today (Nine) — 317,000/218,00
  3. News Breakfast (ABC, ABC News) — 313,000/207,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) — 268,000
  5. Today Extra (Nine) — 189,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 75,000

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. The Bolt Report (Sky News) — 85,000
  2. Alan Jones (Sky News) — 76,000
  3. Credlin (Sky News) — 72,000
  4. Paul Murray Live (Sky News) — 69,000
  5. AFL: 360 (Sky News) — 60,000

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