Peta Credlin (Image: Sky News)

For the second Thursday in a row the top show on Foxtel was Outback Opal Hunters on the Discovery Channel with 73,000 viewers (71,000 the previous Thursday), eclipsing again the Sky News after dark Barkers Paul Murray (70,000), Alan Jones (63,000), and Andrew Bolt (56,000).

Viewers demoted Credlin (51,000) because they watched Love It Or Leave It Australia, 56,000 (equal fourth), and Selling Houses Australia, 52,000 (sixth).

Over on free to air TV, Nine and Seven tied for the lead in total people on a very weak night. Seven led the main channels because of the big lead for its 6pm news. The ABC was third behind Nine but in front (again) of Ten.
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In regional markets: Seven News, 527,000; Seven News 6.30, 498,000; Home and Away, 332,000; The 7pm ABC News, 316,000; The Chase Australia 5.30pm 313,000.

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Network channel share:

  1. Nine,Seven (27.6%)
  2. ABC (18.6%)
  3. Ten (16.8%)
  4. SBS (9.3%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (18.2%)
  2. Nine (17.7%)
  3. ABC (11.9%)
  4. Ten (8.6%)
  5. SBS ONE (5.5%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 10 Bold (4.3%)
  2. 7TWO (3.9%)
  3. ABC Kids/Comedy (3.7%)
  4. 7mate (3.5%)
  5. Gem (3.2%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.472 million
  2. Seven News 6.30 — 1.406 million 
  3. Nine/NBN News 6.30 — 1.107 million
  4. Nine/NBN News — 1.105 million
  5. 7pm ABC News — 996,000
  6. Home and Away (Seven) — 849,000
  7. A Current Affair (Nine) —- 818,000
  8. 7.30 (ABC) — 733,000
  9. The Chase Australia 5.30pm (Seven) — 731,000
  10. Paramedics repeat (Nine) — 618,000

Top metro programs: None with a million or more

Losers: Even weaker than the previous Thursday night

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 950,000
  2. Seven News 6.30 — 909,000
  3. Nine News — 861,000
  4. Nine News 6.30 —844,000
  5. 7pm ABC News — 680,000
  6. ACA (Nine) — 567,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 509,000
  8. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 401,000
  9. Ten News First at 6pm — 279,000
  10. The Project 6.30 (Ten) — 244,000

Morning (National) TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) — 475,000/276,000
  2. Today (Nine) — 316,000/224,000
  3. News Breakfast (ABC, ABC News) — 315,000/208,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) — 217,000 
  5. Today Extra (Nine) — 149,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 38,000

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Outback Opal Hunters (Discovery) — 73,000
  2. Paul Murray Live (Sky News) — 70,000
  3. Alan Jones (Sky News) — 63,000
  4. The Bolt Report (Sky News), Love It Or Leave It Australia (Sky News) — 56,000