(Image: AAP/Dave Hunt)

Wednesday night, State of Origin game two. One can imagine the scene in a prime ministerial living room somewhere in Sydney: “Go Sharkies, c’mon you beauts… Wake up Scotty, put your cap on straight please, you are the PM. The Blues are playing the Toads, not the Sharks taking on the world. Oh, the Toads are ahead… Open the borders Annastacia, please, take the Toads back! We don’t need them and we’ll throw in Tudge and Porter for free, no transfer fees. Where’s Abbott when you need a captain’s call?

Tuesday was Nine’s night from Seven and the ABC. Summer is a comin’ in. SAS Australia on Seven had 871,000 — sluggish. The Block had 1.12 million, marking time for summer.

In breakfast it was Sunrise 474,000 national and 277,000 metro viewers; ABC News Breakfast had 341,000 and 228,000 and Today had 313,000 and 208,000. In regional markets: Seven News, 527,000; Seven News 6.30, 501,000; Home and Away, 349,000; The Chase Australia 5.30pm, 323,000; 7pm ABC News, 303,000.

Network channel share:

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  1. Nine (30.9%)
  2. Seven (27.0%)
  3. ABC (16.7%)
  4. Ten (16.6%)
  5. SBS (8.7%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (23.0%)
  2. Seven (18.3%)
  3. ABC (10.2%)
  4. Ten (9.6%)
  5. SBS ONE (5.8%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO (4.4%)
  2. ABC Kids/Comedy (3.7%)
  3. 10 Bold (3.5%)
  4. 10 Peach (3.1%)
  5. 7mate (2.8%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.508 million
  2. Seven News 6.30 — 1.471 million
  3. Nine/NBN News 6.30 — 1.165 million
  4. Nine/NBN News  — 1.137 million
  5. The Block (Nine) —1.121 million
  6. 7pm ABC News — 1.000 million
  7. ACA (Nine) — 989,000
  8. Home and Away (Seven) — 890,000
  9. 7.30 (ABC), SAS Australia (Seven)  — 871,000

Losers: Just a weak night — an early taster for summer.

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 981,000
  2. Seven News 6.30 — 970,000
  3. Nine News 6.30 — 907,000
  4. Nine News  — 883,000
  5. ACA (Nine) — 715,000
  6. 7pm ABC News — 697,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 597,000
  8. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 487,000
  9. Ten News First — 344,000
  10. The Project 6.30 (Ten) — 283,000

Morning (National) TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) — 474,000/277,000
  2. News Breakfast (ABC, ABC News) — 342,000/228,000
  3. Today (Nine) — 313,000/208,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) — 212,000
  5. Today Extra (Nine) — 142,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 52,000

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Paul Murray (Sky News) — 71,000
  2. Credlin (Sky News) — 67,000
  3. Alan Jones (Sky News) — 66,000
  4. The Bolt Report (Sky News) — 61,000
  5. PML Later (Sky News) — 50,000