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ABC’s Hard Quiz (891,000 and the most watched non-news program on the night) after 7.30 (816,000), then bed. Gruen (856,000) was OK, but the pillow claimed me just before the end. Such are the rigours of watching TV. Netflix and Prime saved up for what looks like a very long weekend with Friday the new Saturday for viewing.

That meant the Bachelorette on Ten was missed — just 325,000 nationally. That will lift by around 50% or so thanks to overnight catch-up and broadcaster video-on-demand viewing, but it is still not a good look. Seven’s Big Brother VIP — 433,000. America’s Got Talent after BBVIP — 201,000 nationally; streaming won’t save this turkey. Love Island 196,000, but that will more than double with overnight and streaming. Streaming will save this turkey.

Soft figures in breakfast for ABC News Breakfast (Lisa Millar is away) and for Ten’s Studio 10 which is now down to figures where the hosts will be able to address each viewer by name.

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The digital channels had a total combined share of 36.6% last night. Summer is well and truly here when linear TV viewing stalwarts ignore the main offerings and head for the odds, sods and repeats and repeats of repeats on the digital channels.

Regional top five: Seven News, 532,000; Seven News 6.30, 519,000; Home And Away, 357,000; 7pm ABC News, 301,000; The Chase Australia 5.30pm, 301,000.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (28.8%)
  2. Seven (28.1%)
  3. ABC (19.0%)
  4. Ten (15.5%)
  5. SBS (8.6%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (18.7%)
  2. Seven (17.0%)
  3. ABC (14.0%)
  4. Ten (8.6%)
  5. SBS ONE (5.1%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7mate (4.2%)
  2. 7TWO (4.0%)
  3. 10 Bold (3.5%)
  4. GO (3.4%)
  5. Gem (3.3%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.428 million
  2. Seven News 6.30 — 1.387 million
  3. Nine News 6.30  — 1.109 million
  4. Nine News  — 1.104 million
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) — 954,000
  6. 7pm ABC News — 937,000
  7. Hard Quiz (ABC) — 891,000
  8. Home And Away (Seven) — 884,000
  9. Gruen (ABC) — 856,000
  10. 7.30 (ABC) — 816,000

Top metro programs: None with a million or more viewers

Losers:  The Bachelorette, again, Big Brother VIP — a real loser.

Metro news and current affair

  1. Seven News — 896,000
  2. Seven News  6.30 — 868,000
  3. Nine News — 827,000
  4. Nine News 6.30 — 812,000
  5. ACA (Nine) — 664,000
  6. 7pm ABC News — 629,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 550,000
  8. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 373,000
  9. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 285,000
  10. Ten News First (ABC) — 274,000

Morning (national) TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) — 422,000/234,000
  2. Today (Nine) — 333,000/233,000
  3. ABC News Breakfast (Nine) — 289,000/182,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) — 202,000
  5. Today Extra (Nine) — 167,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) —  32,000

Top 5 pay TV programs:

  1. Love It Or List It Australia (LifeStyle) — 87,000
  2. China Rising (Sky News) — 81,000
  3. The Bolt Report (Sky News) — 64,000 
  4. Credlin (Sky News) — 62,000
  5. Paul Murray Live (Sky News) — 60,000

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