Shaun Micallef's Mad as Hell (Image: ABC)

The ABC might not have won the ratings but Hard Quiz (992,000) and Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell (803,000), 7.30 (920,000) and the 7pm News (1.01 million) easily accounted for the opposition.

Yes, The Block on Nine managed 973,000 nationally and The Bachelor on Ten averaged 720,000, but the ABC won the 7pm to 9pm heart of prime time. The Bach and The Block fought it out for the demos in what ended up a draw rather than a big win.

The ABC ended fourth in total people behind Nine, Seven and Ten but third in front of Ten in the main channels as the digital channels of Ten and Seven boosted weak main channel performances.

Gogglebox — 187,000 on Foxtel — will help lift Ten tonight. The final round of the NRL competition starts tonight on Nine and Foxtel. Seven goes backwards.

In breakfast Sunrise, 461,000 national and 271,000 metro viewers, then Today, 317,000 and 215,000, followed ABC News Breakfast, 312,000 and 204,000.

In regional marketsSeven News, 566,000; Seven News 6.30, 551,000; Home and Away, The Chase Australia 5.30pm, 364,000; 7pm ABC News, 347,000.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (28.2%)
  2. Seven (26.0%)
  3. Ten (19.4%)
  4. ABC (18.6%)
  5. SBS (7.7%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (20.2%)
  2. Seven (16.7%)
  3. ABC (14.3%)
  4. Ten (12.3%)
  5. SBS ONE (4.5%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 10 Bold (4.3%)
  2. 7TWO (4.2%)
  3. 7mate (3.0%)
  4. 10 Peach (2.8%)
  5. ABC Kids/Comedy (2.5%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.62 million
  2. Seven News 6.30 — 1.57 million
  3. Nine/NBN News 6.30 — 1.27 million
  4. Nine/NBN News  — 1.26 million
  5. 7pm ABC News — 1.01 million
  6. A Current Affair (Nine), Hard Quiz (ABC) — 992,000
  7. Home and Away (Seven) — 991,000
  8. The Block (Nine) — 973,000
  9. The Chase Australia 5.30pm (Seven) — 928,000

Top metro programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.06 million
  2. Seven News 6.30 — 1.02 million

Losers: Weak, apart from the ABC, again.

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 1.06 million
  2. Seven News 6.30 — 1.02 million
  3. Nine News 6.30 — 968,000
  4. Nine News  — 962,000
  5. 7pm ABC News — 761,000
  6. ACA (Nine) — 694,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 564,000
  8. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 412,000
  9. Ten News First — 348,000
  10. The Project 6.30 (Ten) — 286,000

Morning (national) TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) — 461,000 national and 271,000 metro
  2. Today (Nine) — 317,000 and 215,000
  3. News Breakfast (ABC, ABC News) — 312,000 and 204,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) — 231,000
  5. Today Extra (Nine) — 158,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) —50,000

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Gogglebox Australia (LifeStyle) — 187,000
  2. The Bolt Report (Sky News) — 74,000
  3. Paul Murray Live (Sky News) — 67,000
  4. Alan Jones (Sky News) — 64,000
  5. Credlin (Sky News) — 61,000

Peter Fray

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