Source: David Dale, Sun Herald blogs
At the moment, the commercial stations are closer in audience share than they have been in years. Thanks mainly to Masterchef, Channel Ten averaged 24.5 per cent of the prime time audience last week, while Nine got 25.5 and Seven got 27.6 (ABC 17.4, SBS 5.0). That’s a portrait of how the year will proceed: Seven static, Nine continuing its slow decline, and Ten booming (but not quite enough to knock Nine off No. 2 spot).
This was Pay TV’s account of itself: “In week 24, FOX Sports’ coverage of Live: Football: World Cup Qualifier Aust v Bahrain helped STV become the number one source of television across Australia for the eleventh week in a row. STV channels accounted for 22.9% of all metropolitan viewing between 6am and midnight, were 22.4% of all regional viewing and 59.3% of all viewing in subscription TV homes.
“The Socceroos match, which the Australian team won 2-0, was watched by 326,000 people on Wednesday night. In other sport, Live: NRL Titans v Dragons was seen by 315,000 people and Live: AFL West Coast v Geelong had 198,000 viewers. Live: Tennis: French Open Men’s Final, in which Roger Federer finally achieved his goal of winning the clay court competition and matching Pete Sampras’ open record, was watched by 132,000 people (all on FOX Sports).
“On Tuesday night on FOX8, Australia’s Next Top Model had its best result of the current season with 234,000 viewers at 7.30pm while the new Joss Whedon show Dollhouse premiered at 8.30pm with 120,000 viewers. TV1’s Cash Trivia Challenge achieved a year-to-date biggest audience with 96,000 people as did Eastenders on UKTV with 93,000 viewers and Cold Case on W with 89,000 viewers. Destroyed in Seconds on Discovery channel was watched by 74,000 people, Secret Millionaire on Lifestyle had an audience of 70,000 people and 67,000 subscribers saw Blue’s Clues on Nick Jr.”
What Australia watched:
1 SEVEN NEWS – SUN Seven 1,767,000
2 SEVEN NEWS Seven 1,690,000
3 TALKIN’ ‘BOUT YOUR GENERATION Ten 1,647,000
4 NCIS RPT Ten 1,564,000
5 SEVEN NEWS – SAT Seven 1,558,000
6 THANK GOD YOU’RE HERE Seven 1,531,000
7 TODAY TONIGHT Seven 1,482,000
8 MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA Ten 1,474,000
9 THE ZOO Seven 1,470,000
10 SPICKS AND SPECKS ABC1 1,447,000
11 MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA – CHALLENGE Ten 1,427,000
12 NINE NEWS SUNDAY Nine 1,407,000
13 RPA Nine 1,375,000 415,000
14 GETAWAY Nine 1,374,000
15 FIND MY FAMILY Seven 1,370,000