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Now for the start of a regular week without hackers trying to hold the TV ratings to ransom — not a very smart idea.

Nor, it seems, is Seven’s attempt to foist another drama on the unsuspecting Australian viewing public. Between Two Worlds (BTW) after Farmer Wants A Wife is now DOB (Dead on Broadcast) — 676,000 nationally for the debut a week ago, down a third to 425,000 last night.

If that keeps up it will be challenging SBS for fourth or fifth spot. Farmer Wants a Wife had 1.4 million on debut on Seven a week ago, down to 1.25 million.

Australian Ninja Warrior (the most boring and useless program on TV), 1.38 million last Sunday for the start of this series, down to 1.26 million last night.

Both it and Farmer are not setting the world on fire. Between Two Worlds swamped Seven’s chances of winning last night. The turn-off from Farmer to BTW tells the story — 820,000 viewers. It’s ratings poison.

Nine won the night from a weak Seven with the ABC third (thanks to Shetland at 7.40pm with 914,000 and Vera an hour later with 949,000). Both are based on separate crime fiction series by UK writer, Ann Cleeves. They have been adapted from her novels. 

Insiders had a solid morning and with 666,000 national viewers ended up at the bottom of the national top 10.

In regional markets Seven News, 612,000, Farmer Wants A Wife, 453,000, Nine News, 389,000, the 7pm ABC News, 373,000, Australian Ninja Warriors, 362,000.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (30.9%)
  2. Seven (26.3%)
  3. ABC (19.2%)
  4. Ten (14.7%)
  5. SBS (8.9%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (23.4%)
  2. Seven (17.4%)
  3. ABC (14.9%)
  4. Ten (9.9%)
  5. SBS ONE (5.9%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7mate (4.8%)
  2. 10 Bold (3.3%)
  3. GO (2.8)
  4. 7TWO (2.7%)
  5. Gem (2.1%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1.  Seven News — 1.84 million
  2. Nine/NBN News — 1.50 million
  3. 7pm ABC News — 1.27 million
  4. Australian Ninja Warrior (Nine) — 1.26 million
  5. Farmer Wants A Wife (Seven) — 1.25 million
  6. Vera (ABC) — 949,000
  7. Shetland (ABC) — 914,000
  8. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 907,000
  9. Back Roads (ABC) — 708,000
  10. Insiders (ABC, ABC News) — 666,000

Top metro programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.23 million
  2. Nine News — 1.11 million

Losers: Between Two Worlds, Seven

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 1.23 million
  2. Nine News — 1.11 million
  3. 7pm ABC News –  891,000
  4. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 662,000
  5. The Sunday Project 7pm (Ten) — 457,000
  6. Ten News First — 342,000
  7. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 342,000
  8. Nine Late News — 337,000
  9. SBS World News — 243,000

Morning (National) TV:

  1. Insiders (ABC, ABC News ) — 666,000
  2. Weekend Sunrise (Seven) – 467,000
  3. Landline (ABC) — 345,000
  4. Weekend Today (Nine) — 296,000
  5. Offsiders (ABC) — 241,000
  6. Sports Sunday (Nine) — 208,000

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. NRL: Melbourne v Newcastle (Fox League) — 265,000
  2. AFL: Fremantle v Collingwood (Fox Footy) – 228,000
  3. NRL: Canterbury v Parramatta (Fox League) — 181,000
  4. AFL: Gold Coast v GWS  (Fox Footy) — 152,000
  5. F1: Great Britain Race (Fox Sports) – 113,000

Peter Fray

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