When the stars come out to play… viewers turn off and go to bed

Celebrities are synonymous in TV programming with desperation and an attempt to wring every last viewing share point out of a tired concept. Why else are we facing the unedifying prospect of Celebrity Big Brother on Seven and Celebrity MasterChef on Ten?

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We have also had the dreadful Celebrity Apprentice and Celebrity Mastermind on SBS. Now Celebrity Letters and Numbers on SBS on Saturday nights! That’s another reason why the channel changer looks enticing and Netflix’s autumn offerings are almost upon us.

Last night Four Corners’ exposé on the clouded ownership of Australian A League soccer teams also exposed the lack of any real scrutiny from print media and the lack of action by FIFA and other authorities in the game. Media Watch’s exposé of the dodginess of the Juanita Nielsen documentary raised questions. How did it get through? 

The Masked Singer — 804,000 and 997,000 for the reveal. Have You Been Paying Attention?, 901,000, SAS Australia — 861,000 — being squeezed by the masks and the blocks.

Breakfast: Sunrise, 442,000 nationally and 258,000 metro; Today, 357,000 and 248,000; News Breakfast, 318,000 and 210,000.

Regional top five: Seven News, 645,000; Seven News 6.30, 632,000; 7pm ABC News 429,000, Home and Away, 400,000; The Chase Australia 5.30pm, 372,000.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (28.7%)
  2. Seven (25.3%)
  3. Ten (21.2%)
  4. ABC (17.1%)
  5. SBS (7.6%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (21.7%)
  2. Seven (18.6%)
  3. Ten (14.8%)
  4. ABC (12.5%)
  5. SBS ONE (4.4%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 10 Bold (3.3%)
  2. 7TWO (2.9%)
  3. 7mate, Gem (2.7%)
  4. 10 Peach, ABC Kids/Plus (2.2%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.771 million
  2. Seven News 6.30 — 1.668 million
  3. Nine News 6.30 — 1.365 million
  4. Nine News  — 1.360 million
  5. The Block (Nine) — 1.223 million
  6. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.129 million
  7. 7pm ABC News — 1.120 million
  8. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.002 million
  9. The Masked Singer reveal (Ten) — 997,000
  10. 7.30 (ABC) — 982,000

Top metro programs: 

1. Seven News  — 1.137 million

2. Seven News 6.30 — 1.059 million

3. Nine News — 1.032 million 

4. Nine News 6.30 — 1.028 million

LosersSAS Australia on Seven just can’t crack a million national viewers, again…

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News  — 1.137 million
  2. Seven News 6.30 — 1.059 million
  3. Nine News — 1.032 million 
  4. Nine News 6.30 — 1.028 million
  5. ACA (Nine) — 801,000
  6. 7pm ABC News — 734,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 649,000
  8. Australian Story (ABC) — 602,000
  9. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 532,000
  10. Four Corners (ABC) — 431,000

Morning (national) TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) — 442,000/258,000
  2. Today (Nine) — 357,000/248,000
  3. News Breakfast (ABC) — 318,000/210,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) — 260,000
  5. Today Extra (Nine) — 181,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) —  51,000

Top 5 pay TV programs: 

  1. The Bolt Report (Sky News) — 78,000
  2. Alan Jones (Sky News) — 74,000
  3. Credlin (Sky News) — 71,000
  4. Dally M Medal (Fox League) — 70,000
  5. Paul Murray Live (Sky News) — 63,000
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