(Image: America's Got Talent)

Another bad night for Seven. It was second because of the strength of the 6pm news (1.64 million average for the hour) and Home and Away (891,000), but from 7.30pm to around 10.15pm Seven fell into a deep black hole with back to back episodes of America’s Got Talent (350,000 national average — 415,000 for the first ep and 285,000 for the second). Seven slumped to third and fourth at times in that period.

Nine won from Seven, Ten and the ABC in total people and the ABC was third ahead of Ten in the main channels. The Block on Nine with 1.25 million had almost three times the audience of Seven’s first ep of America’s Got Talent. By way of contrast Australian Story’s report on Rory O’Donoghue topped the million mark — 1.09 million nationally — and did well in metro and regional markets.

In breakfast the holiday in some states and the lingering late clock resets for Daylight Saving saw audiences fall for everyone: Sunrise 388,000 national and 230,000 metro viewers; Today, 278,000 and 183,000; News Breakfast, 228,000 and131,000

In regional markets Seven News 6.30, 563,000; Seven News, 560,000; 7pm ABC News351,000; Australian Story, 338,000; The Chase Australia 5.30pm, 335,000.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (30.0%)
  2. Seven (24.1%)
  3. Ten (19.0%)
  4. ABC (18.9%)
  5. SBS (7.9%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (21.2%)
  2. Seven (14.9%)
  3. ABC (14.8%)
  4. Ten (11.7%)
  5. SBS ONE (4.6%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 10 Bold (4.5%)
  2. 7TWO (4.1%)
  3. 7mate (3.7%)
  4. GO (2.7%)
  5. Gem, 9Life (2.4%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News —1.655 million
  2. Seven News 6.30 — 1.640 million
  3. Nine/NBN News 6.30 — 1.294 million
  4. The Block — (Nine) — 1.254 million
  5. Nine/NBN News  — 1.246 million
  6. Australian Story (ABC) — 1.090 million
  7. A Current Affair (Nine)  — 1.061 million
  8. 7pm ABC News 1.047 million
  9. 7.30 (ABC) — 931,000
  10. The Chase Australia 5.30pm (Seven) — 910,000

Top metro programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.095 million
  2. Seven News 6.30 — 1.076 million

Losers: Seven, again. America’s Got Talent, it hasn’t got ratings.

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 1.095 million
  2. Seven News 6.30 — 1.076 million
  3. Nine News 6.30 —990,000
  4. Nine News, ACA  — 959,000
  5. Australian Story (ABC) —  752,000
  6. 7pm ABC News — 695,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 636,000
  8. Four Corners (ABC) — 578,000
  9. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 508,000

Morning (National) TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) — 388,000/230,000
  2. Today (Nine) — 278,000/183,000
  3. News Breakfast (ABC, ABC News) — 228,000/131,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) — 228,000 
  5. Today Extra (Nine) — 189,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 57,000

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Paul Murray Live (Sky News) — 73,000
  2. Alan Jones(Sky News) — 70,000
  3. The Bolt Report (Sky News) — 69,000
  4. Credlin (Sky News) — 63,000
  5. PML Later (Sky News) — 59,000

Peter Fray

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