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Forget The Block (1.11 million, forget SAS Australia (859,000) and the final of Junior MasterChef (1.08 million program average), the only program Australians wanted to watch last night was Four Corners (1.18 million) and the amazing story on sex, Liberal Party hypocrisy and the Canberra bubble.

Four Corners’ story was good journalism and showed up Perth’s local media. From what the ABC dug up, the story on WA’s Christian Porter was there, in plain sight, with people willing to talk about it.

And didn’t you just love Malcolm Turnbull’s revenge, which he followed up on Q&A with an appearance watched by 685,000 (and an elaboration) after Media Watch with 1.03 million. But why couldn’t there have been some contact between the programs so that Media Watch had examples of Alan Tudge, Porter and others on marriage etc?

Seven’s SAS Australia — down to 859,000 and off another 100,000. This one is dying on screen. The loss from the first night is now more than 30%. Junior MasterChef — 1.16 million nationally for the winner’s announcement which was an impressive turn on from the 859,000 who watched the lead up. Average for the program 1.08 million, around 400,000 more than the recent figures.

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Nine won total people from Seven and the ABC. But in the main channels – where the game is still played, it was Nine, than the ABC, then Seven and Ten. Journalism wins out.

In breakfast: Sunrise, 452,000/260,000; News Breakfast, 326,000/221,000; Today, 321,000/209,000.

In regional markets Seven News, 593,000; Seven News 6.30, 5584,000; Home and Away, 364,000; Four Corners, 352,000; 7pm ABC News, 342,000.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (26.5%)
  2. Seven (23.3%)
  3. ABC (22.4%)
  4. Ten (21.8%)
  5. SBS (6.0%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (19.6%)
  2. ABC (18.4%)
  3. Seven (16.5%)
  4. Ten (15.5%)
  5. SBS ONE (6.0%)

Top 5 digital channels:

  1. 10 Bold (3.6%)
  2. 7TWO (3.5%)
  3. 7mate,Go, 10 Peach (2.2%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.58 million
  2. Seven News 6.30 — 1.54 million
  3. Nine/NBN News 6.30 — 1.23 million
  4. Four Corners (ABC) — 1.18 million
  5. Nine/NBN News — 1.15 million
  6. 7pm ABC News — 1.11 million
  7. The Block (Nine) — 1.11 million
  8. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.08 million
  9. 7.30 (ABC) — 1.04 million
  10. Media Watch (ABC) — 1.03 million


Top metro programs:
none with a million or more viewers

Losers: SAS Australia — fading. Four Corners and the ABC overshadowed the night.

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 987,000
  2. Seven News 6.30 — 981,000
  3. Nine News 6.30 — 940,000
  4. Nine News — 900,000
  5. Four Corners (ABC) — 824,000
  6. A Current Affair (Nine) — 778,000
  7. 7pm ABC News – 764,000
  8. Media Watch (ABC) — 715,000
  9. 7.30 (ABC) — 713,000
  10. Australian Story (ABC) — 572,000

Morning (National) TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) — 452,000/262,000
  2. News Breakfast (ABC, ABC News) — 326,000/221,000
  3. Today (Nine) – 321,000/209,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) — 225,000
  5. Today Extra (Nine) – 153,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 55,000

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Alan Jones (Sky News) – 89,000
  2. Paul Murray Live (Sky News) — 88,000
  3. The Bolt Report (Sky News) — 64,000
  4. Credlin (Sky News) — 60,000
  5. The Undoing (Fox Showcase) — 59,000