ABC TV's Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds (Image: ABC)

The final ep of the ABC’s Old People’s Home For 4 Year Olds worked its magic again — 891,000 viewers — taking it to ninth nationally, the highest ranking of the series. And once again it consigned Big Brother on Seven (751,000) and MasterChef Australia (687,000) on Ten to the dustbin of expensive also-rans for Tuesday nights.

Nine’s Lego Masters faded back under a million nationally but still managed 963,000 nationally. Seven’s stalwart Home and Away (which seems a bit more alive these days) was the most watched non-news program with 986,000 viewers and the most watched non-news program on the night.

Ten faded to fourth in both the main channels and total people. The return of How To Stay Married managed only 334,000 national viewers at 8.40pm. That’s a sizeable turn-off from the weak MasterChef.

With performances like those it’s no wonder Seven and Ten are lobbying to do away with overnight ratings each day and go to seven-day viewing figures (sort of, but not for their hits).

If that happens, how would Ten be able to boast about the way Have You Been Paying Attention? does well on Monday nights and its Melbourne Cup audience later in the year? How would Seven be able to boast about the performance of its 6 to 7 news and how well Home and Away is doing and how the network wins regional markets most nights which in turns helps boost its national 6 to 7 news performance? And would the AFL allow it? It wants Seven and Foxtel to push the overnight audience data for its games out the morning after. Seven-day ratings figures do not favour live sport.

Breakfast: Sunrise, 455,000 nationally and 266,000 metro; Today, 280,000 and 193,000; News Breakfast, 278,000 and 175,000.

Regional top five: Seven News, 629000; Seven News 6.30, 600,000; Home and Away, 393,000; 7pm ABC News, 353,000; The Chase Australia 5.30pm, 345,000.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (28.8%)
  2. Seven (27.5%)
  3. ABC (18.8%)
  4. Ten (17.9%)
  5. SBS (7.0%)


Network main channels:

  1. Nine (20.3%)
  2. Seven (18.5%)
  3. ABC (13.8%)
  4. Ten (10.9%)
  5. SBS ONE (4.2%)


Top 5 digital channels:

  1. 7mate (3.9%)
  2. 7TWO, 10 Bold (3.4%)
  3. 10 Peach (3.2%)
  4. GO (2.8%)


Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.610 million
  2. Seven News 6.30 — 1.578 million
  3. Nine News — 1.198 million
  4. Nine News 6.30 — 1.155 million
  5. Home and Away (Seven) — 986,000
  6. Lego Masters (Nine) — 963,000
  7. 7pm ABC News — 962,000
  8. A Current Affair (Nine) — 959,000
  9. Old People’s Homes For 4 Year Olds (ABC) — 891,000
  10. The Chase Australia 5.30pm (Seven) — 878,000


Top metro programs:
no program with a million or more viewers.

Losers:
Big Brother and MasterChef Australia — again.

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News 6.30 — 981,000
  2. Seven News — 978,000
  3. Nine News — 952,000
  4. Nine 6.30 —922,000
  5. ACA (Nine) — 695,000
  6. 7pm ABC News — 605,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 526,000
  8. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 435,000
  9. Ten News First (ABC) — 363,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 291,000


Morning (national) TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) — 455,000/266,000
  2. Today (Nine) — 280,000/193,000
  3. News Breakfast (ABC) — 278,000/175,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) — 220,000
  5. Today Extra (Nine) — 132,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 64,000


Top five pay TV programs: N/A

  1. The Bolt Report (Sky News) — 67,000
  2. Credlin (Sky News), AFL: 360 (Fox Footy) — 60,000
  3. Paul Murray Live (Sky News) — 56,000
  4. NRL: 360 (Fox Footy) — 50,000