Lego Masters' Hamish Blake and Ryan 'Brickman' McNaught. (Image: Nine)

Mother’s Day — as usual a weaker day of viewing, although there was a small boost on Seven and Nine in the early evening for the late-finishing AFL and NRL games.

Lego Masters was the most watched non-news program with 1.06 million nationally. Nothing else in the genre came anywhere near it. Big Brother had 785,000, MasterChef 751,000, Spics and Specs 745,000 (which was back to its funny, irreverent old approach). And that was the day. (Other than Wakefield — did anyone manage to catch it on the ABC on Sunday night? Just 265,000 did nationally. The NBN of Australian drama.)

Nine’s night from Seven and Ten. Tonight its Have You Been Paying Attention. Something outside my demo worth persisting with. Nine seems to have gotten The Weakest Link back on track in an attempt to cash in on the success of Hard Quiz on the ABC. The Weakest Link was due to air last Tuesday but technical difficulties delayed it. Perhaps those delays were more due to some enthusiastic tweeting by host Magda Szubanski in April about our glorious PM…

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This format is a retread of Seven’s version which had the late Cornelia Frances as host. She played the a tough-edged woman on Home and Away; Magda played Sharon the netballer on Kath and Kim. Some of the target demo weren’t born last time this one was on air — or they were too young to notice.

Who will be the strongest host? Is there a role these days for a nasty TV host who has to be seen to be pushing people around? Hard Quiz is an original idea and works for that reason, plus Tom Gleeson’s personality. The Weakest Link failed on Seven because viewers ended up not liking the format or Frances. Nine’s remake is just that — and remakes are weaker than the originals. Just look at the way Big Brother flared, faded and died on Ten, then went to Nine and died, and is now fading again on Seven. Will The Voice on Seven do better than it did on Nine for so many years?

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (31.8%)
  2. Seven (27.2%)
  3. Ten (20.0)
  4. ABC (14.5%)
  5. SBS (6.6%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (22.1%)
  2. Seven (17.8%)
  3. Ten (13.1%)
  4. ABC (10.2%)
  5. SBS ONE (3.4%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7mate (4.6%)
  2. 7TWO (3.1%)
  3. 10 Bold (3.0%)
  4. 10 Peach (2.8%)
  5. Gem (2.6%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.542 million
  2. Nine News  — 1.230 million
  3. Lego Masters (Nine) — 1.062 million
  4. 7pm ABC News — 929,000
  5. Big Brother (Seven) — 785,000
  6. Masterchef Australia (Ten) — 751,000
  7. Spics and Specks (ABC) — 745,000
  8. 60 Minutes (Nine) —673,000
  9. The Sunday Project 7pm (Ten) — 563,000
  10. Sunday AFL (Seven) — 552,000

Top metro programs: 

  1. Seven News — 1.027 million

Losers: Masterchef, Wakefield, Big Brother

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 1.027 million
  2. Nine News — 901,000
  3. 7pm ABC News — 618,000
  4. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 460,000
  5. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 409,000
  6. Ten News First, The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 269,000
  7. SBS World News — 160,000

Morning (National) TV:

  1. Insiders (ABC, ABC TV) — 528,000
  2. Weekend Sunrise (Seven) — 435,000
  3. Landline (ABC) — 304,000
  4. Weekend Today (Nine) — 227,000
  5. Offsiders (ABC) — 200,000
  6. Sports Sunday (Nine) —161,000

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. NRL: St George vs Canterbury (Fox League) — 217,000
  2. NRL: Sunday Ticket (Fox League) — 179,000
  3. NRL: Manly vs NZ Warriors (Fox League) — 175,000
  4. NRL: Sunday Night With Matty Johns (Fox League) — 130,000
  5. AFL: Nth Western Bulldogs vs Carlton (Fox Sport) — 128,000

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