Australian Ninja Warrior State of Origin (Image: Nine)

A close night — Nine claimed the big wins, but the margins were narrow.

60 Minutes saw its ratings slump to just 637,000 nationally from 841,000 a week earlier. That was due to the one-off Australian Ninja Warrior State of Origin slicing 286,000 from the previous week’s figure.

Last night the confected Origin Ninjas averaged 1.19 million viewers, a week ago it was 1.47 million. Seven’s Farmer Wants A Wife bounced to 1.37 million. Ten lost ground — a weak night.

Insiders on ABC TV had 655,000 and equal-tenth position nationally for the second Sunday in a row, making a mockery of the continued sniping on Twitter about how the program’s ratings have slumped with David Speers in the host’s chair. They haven’t and the program’s figures are higher.

In regional markets Seven News, 605,000, Farmer Wants A Wife, 515,000, Nine/NBN News, 382,000; The Lindy Tapes, 358,000 7pm ABC News, 357,000.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (29.6%)
  2. Nine (27.9%)
  3. ABC (19.0%)
  4. Ten (13.7%)
  5. SBS (9.8%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (21.1%)
  2. Seven (21.0%)
  3. ABC (14.8%)
  4. Ten (7.9%)
  5. SBS ONE (6.2%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7mate (4.6%)
  2. 10 Bold (3.8%)
  3. ABC Kids/Comedy, 7TWO (2.5%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1.  Seven News — 1.76 million
  2.  Nine/NBN News — 1.44 million
  3. Farmer Wants A Wife (Seven) — 1.37 million
  4. Australian Ninja Warrior — State Of Origin (Nine) — 1.19 million
  5. 7pm ABC News — 1.13 million
  6. Vera (ABC) — 979,000
  7. Seven News Spotlight: The Lindy Tapes — 933,000
  8. Shetland (ABC) — 923,000
  9. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 637,000
  10. Insiders (ABC, ABC News) — 655,000

Top metro programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.16 million
  2. Nine News — 1.06 million

Losers: Between Two Worlds — Seven can’t get rid of it fast enough, double episodes last night — 281,000.

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 1.16 million
  2. Nine News — 1.06 million
  3. 7pm ABC News – 770,000
  4. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 486,000
  5. The Sunday Project 7pm (Ten) — 471,000
  6. The Sunday Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 315,000
  7. Ten News First — 291,000
  8. SBS World News — 214,000

Morning (National) TV:

  1. Insiders (ABC, ABC News ) — 655,000
  2. Weekend Sunrise (Seven) – 483,000
  3. Landline (ABC) — 467,000
  4. Weekend Today (Nine) – 320,000
  5. Offsiders (ABC) — 255,000
  6. Sports Sunday (Nine) — 244,000

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. AFL: St Kilda v Essendon  (Fox Footy) — 241,000
  2. NRL: Wests v Canterbury (Fox League) — 238,000
  3. AFL: West Coast v Hawthorn (Fox Footy) – 204,000
  4. NRL: Newcastle v Manly (Fox League) — 194,000
  5. AFL: Footscray v Adelaide  (Fox Footy) — 175,000

Peter Fray

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