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Alan Jones (Image: Sky News Australia)

Gee, Channels Netflix and Stan are going to get a work out tonight. but I started last night, but have Mank (Stan) and the latest series of The Crown (Netflix) down for some long viewing (AKA Bingeing — drink, a pinot gris, I think, or perhaps some bubble) over the weekend.

Mum on the ABC on Friday night might be the only free to air program worth watching, apart from the PBS News on SBS around 1pm Saturday.

Nine’s night — The Block — 1.01 million was the most-watched non-news program. It could have been any ep from the series, there’s so little competition on the other networks. It was good night folks after that.

On Foxtel, an odd event — the top program on Thursday night was Outback Opal Hunters on the Discovery Channel with 71,000) and not the usual  Sky News After Dark barkers, Paul Murray (67,000), Alan Jones (61,000), Andrew Bolt (57,000), Peta Credlin (56,000). The barkers have been dominating the top 20 program list on Foxtel for months now. Seeing they are as interesting as a bag of rocks, it is somehow appropriate that looking for a valuable rock topped them, at least on one night.

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In breakfast, Sunrise 464,000 nationally and 260,000 metro viewers; Today with 336,000/228,000; ABC News Breakfast 287,000/193,000 (down on earlier in the week as the interest in the US elections fades) .

In regional markets Seven News, 508,000; Seven News 6.30, 487,000; Home and Away, 348,000; 7pm ABC News, 322,000; The Chase Australia 5.30pm 307,000.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (29.9%)
  2. Seven (27.9%)
  3. ABC (18.4%)
  4. Ten (16.3%)
  5. SBS (7.4%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (20.6%)
  2. Seven (17.1%)
  3. ABC (12.7%)
  4. Ten (9.0%)
  5. SBS ONE (3.9%)

Top 5 digital channels:

  1. 7mate (4.7%)
  2. 7TWO (4.3%)
  3. 10 Bold (3.7%)
  4. GO (3.4%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.45 million
  2. Seven News 6.30 — 1.42 million
  3. Nine/NBN News 6.30 — 1.10million
  4. Nine/NBN News — 1.09 million
  5. The Block (Nine) — 1.01 million
  6. 7pm ABC News — 1.01 million
  7. A Current Affair (Nine) — 898,000
  8. 7.30 (ABC) — 880,000
  9. Home and Away (Seven) — 847,000
  10. The Chase Australia 5.30pm (Seven) — 761,000

Top metro programs: None with a million or more

Losers: What a weak night

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 943,000
  2. Seven News 6.30 — 930,000
  3. Nine News — 832,000
  4. Nine News 6.30 — 820,000
  5. 7pm ABC News – 681,000
  6. A Current Affair (Nine) — 642,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 601,000
  8. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 416,000
  9. Ten News First 6pm — 304,000
  10. The Project 6.30 (Ten) — 281,000

Morning (National) TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) — 464,000/260,000
  2. Today (Nine) — 336,000/2780,000
  3. News Breakfast (ABC, ABC News) — 287,000/193,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) — 210,000
  5. Today Extra (Nine) – 147,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 45,000

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Outback Opal Hunters (Discovery) — 71,000
  2. Paul Murray Live (Sky News) — 67,000
  3. Alan Jones (Sky News) — 61,000
  4. The Bolt Report (Sky News) — 57,000
  5. Credlin (Sky News) — 56,0000