SAS Australia fails its mission

By Glenn Dyer

The ABC’s Four Corners report on the goings-on at Sony Australia was a good follow-up to the reporting earlier this year from Nine. Four Corners averaged 887,000 viewers nationally.

Nine won because of The Block. Its 1.17 million nationally easily accounted for SAS Australia (880,000) on Seven, even though Home and Away on 1.62 million national viewers handed SAS Australia 989,000 of them. The Block was handed 1 million from ACA (and 1.32 million from the final half hour of Nine’s news).

Ten’s Celebrity MasterChef averaged 760,000 for its second night and seems condemned to linger around that level. Have You Been Paying Attention? averaged 922,000 and again saw a big turn on from MasterChef, which tells us a lot about the attractiveness of MasterChef.

Regional top five: Seven News, 641,000; Seven News 6.30, 610,000; Home and Away, 400,000; 7pm ABC News 382,000; The Chase 5.30pm, 345,000.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (28.5%)
  2. Seven (25.7%)
  3. Ten (21.2%)
  4. ABC (17.6%)
  5. SBS (7.0%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (20.2%)
  2. Seven (18.4%)
  3. Ten (14.8%)
  4. ABC (13.4%)
  5. SBS ONE (3.6%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 10 Bold, 7TWO (3.2%)
  2. GO (3.0%)
  3. 7mate (2.8%)
  4. ABC Kids/Plus 10 Peach (2.2%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.719 million
  2. Seven News 6.30 — 1.629 million
  3. Nine News  — 1.333 million
  4. Nine News 6.30 — 1.326 million
  5. The Block (Nine) — 1.170 million
  6. 7pm ABC News — 1.125 million
  7. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.008 million
  8. Home and Away (Seven) — 989,000
  9. Have You Been Paying Attention? (Ten) — 922,000
  10. The Chase Australia 5.30pm (Seven) — 905,000

Top metro programs: 

1. Seven News  — 1.079 million
2. Seven News 6.30 — 1.020 million

Losers: Seven’s news in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane — Nine is just too strong.

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News  — 1.079 million
  2. Seven News 6.30 — 1.020 million
  3. Nine News 6.30 —  997,000
  4. Nine News — 996,000
  5. 7pm ABC News —743,000
  6. ACA (Nine) — 709,000
  7. Four Corners (ABC) — 602,000
  8. 7.30 (ABC) — 558,000
  9. Media Watch (ABC) — 504,000
  10. Australian Story (ABC) — 503,000

Morning (national) TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) — 425,000/256,000
  2. Today (Nine) — 348,000/235,000
  3. News Breakfast (ABC) — 324,000/212,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) — 253,000
  5. Today Extra (Nine) — 194,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) —  36,000

Top five pay TV programs: 

  1. Paul Murray Live (Sky News) — 80,000
  2. Credlin (Sky News) — 73,000
  3. Alan Jones (Sky News) — 71,000
  4. The Bolt Report (Sky News) — 68,000
  5. PML Later (Sky News) — 49,000

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