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A Current Affair on Nine saw host Tracy Grimshaw interview Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Perhaps it was another Scotty From Marketing moment for the PM and his team — he’s in trouble for avoiding Leigh Sales on 7.30, so to show that he’s not scared of news women talked to Grimshaw. He didn’t get a free kick, but didn’t get the remorseless grilling that Sales (or Laura Tingle) can administer. ACA’s audience last night was 730,000 nationally — 7.30 had 839,000. The same happened in the metros where ACA had a low 486,000 viewers, was well behind 7.30’s 548,000.

As expected, two great games in the AFL and NRL last night — Collingwood’s win over Carlton was watched by 699,000 (which is a long way from the 885,000 who watched the Tigers beat Carlton last week). In the NRL, Penrith won in the dying minutes, beating Melbourne (who beat the Panthers in last year’s grand final). That was watched by 647,000, against 663,000 for the Thursday night game last week. On Foxtel, 268,000 watched the NRL game and 233,000 watched the AFL.

Normal service has now been restored. The AFL’s numbers meant a Seven win from Nine and Ten (Gogglebox Australia with 699,000 — starting to age). Tee ABC’s Q&A last night saw 372,000 — fading.

Network channel share:

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  1. Seven (31.1%)
  2. Nine (25.8%)
  3. Ten (19.4%)
  4. ABC (16.2%)
  5. SBS (7.6%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (21.1%)
  2. Nine (17.6%)
  3. ABC (12.3%)
  4. Ten (11.5%)
  5. SBS ONE (4.1%)

Top 5 digital channels:

  1. 7TWO (3.9%)
  2. 7mate (3.8%)
  3. 10 Bold, 10 Peach (3.3%)
  4. Gem (2.7%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.349 million
  2. Seven News 6.30 — 1.313 million
  3. Nine News 6.30 — 1.113 million
  4. Nine News — 1.046 million
  5. 7pm ABC News — 925,000
  6. 7.30 (ABC) — 839,000
  7. A Current Affair (Nine) — 730,000
  8. The Chase Australia 5.30pm (Seven) — 701,000
  9. Gogglebox Australia (Ten), AFL (Seven) — 699,000

Top metro programs: None with a million or more viewers

Losers: Morrison and ACA.

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News —869,000
  2. Nine News 6.30 — 839,000
  3. Seven News 6.30 — 832,000
  4. Nine/NBN News — 809,000
  5. 7pm ABC News — 616,000
  6. 7.30 (ABC) — 548,000
  7. ACA (Nine) — 486,000
  8. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 367,000
  9. Ten News First — 290,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 247,000

Morning (National) TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) — 432,000/250,000
  2. Today (Nine) — 298,000/198,000
  3. News Breakfast (ABC) — 283,000/185,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) — 217,000
  5. Today Extra (Nine) — 137,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 45,000

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. NRL: Penrith vs Melbourne (Fox League) — 268,000
  2. AFL: Carlton vs Collingwood (Fox Footy) — 233,000
  3. NRL: The Late Show With Matty Johns (Fox League) — 141,000
  4. AFL Thursday Night Footy On Fox (Fox Footy) —96,000
  5. NRL: Pre-Game (Fox League) — 65,000