521,000 metro viewers tune in to watch Michael Rowland interview Scott Morrison on 7.30

ABC’s 7.30, which is currently being hosted by News Breakfast presenter Michael Rowland over the summer break, drew 521,000 metro viewers on Thursday night for an interview with Prime Minister Scott Morrison about the bushfire crisis. With the addition of regional viewers, it had 737,000.

The episode, which also looked at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to ‘retire’ from their lives as royals, went up against I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here on Ten, the BBL on Seven and 20 to One on Nine.

I’m A Celeb was again the most-watched entertainment programming of the night with 715,000 metro viewers tuning in. 20 to One drew 312,000 and Seven’s Big Bash League coverage of the match between the Brisbane Heat and Hobart Hurricanes delivered 503,000 for its second session and 415,000 for the first.

575,000 metro viewers watched the post-game wrap-up on Seven. Elsewhere in sport, Nine’s ATP Cup coverage brought in 202,000 for the day coverage and 92,000 for the evening, which aired on multi-channel Gem.

The gap which appeared to be closing earlier this week between Nine’s Today and Seven’s Sunrise, following the return of Karl Stefanovic, widened again on Thursday morning. 219,000 metro viewers tuned in to Today and 275,000 watched Sunrise, while at a national level 315,000 watched Today and 479,000 Sunrise.

Yesterday saw the smallest gap between the two when Today drew 235,000 metro viewers compared to Sunrise’s 251,000.

Seven News was again the most-watched program of the evening last night with 920,000 metro viewers, while Nine News drew 835,000, and ABC News 667,000.

In the key advertising demographics of 16-39s, 18-49s and 25-54s, I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here was the most-watched programming, followed by Seven’s BBL.

Seven edged ahead for the win overall, holding a network share of 30.6% above Ten’s 22.7%, Nine’s 22.3%, ABC’s 16.3% and SBS’ 8.0%. In the primary channel audience shares, Seven held 19.4%, Nine 15.8%, Ten 15.3%, ABC 10.1% and SBS 4.0%.

Seven had the most-watched multi-channel with 7Two on 5.4%.

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