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AACTA Awards and Highway Patrol win the night for Seven

The sixth Annual AACTA Awards returned to television last night, with 416,000 tuning in to see Hacksaw Ridge continue its winning streak, with Mel Gibson taking Best Director.

The celebrity-filled awards featured Geoffrey Rush, Jessica Mauboy, Rose Byrne, Dr George Miller and Stephen Curry.

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The AACTA Awards on Seven at 8:30pm was the most popular show in its time slot, beating Dirty Dancing on Ten which managed 381,000 according to OzTAM overnight metro ratings.

Seven’s police reality series Highway Patrol was the most watched non-news program of the night, drawing an audience of 684,000. The show was the highest rated in its 7.30pm time slot, beating Nine’s documentary Wild New Zealand, which managed 474,000, and Jamie’s Cracking Christmas repeat on Ten, which averaged 474,000.

Highway Patrol was also the most watched program across all demographics for last night’s television.

On Seven, The Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service reality series, Air Rescue, gained traction from last week’s 485,000 to attract 543,000 viewers at 8:00pm.

In the news battle, Seven took out the top spot at 6:00pm with 927,000 viewers to Nine’s 770,000.

At 6:30pm Seven’s Today Tonight achieved 964,000, while Nine News managed 774,000 and Ten’s The Project achieved 492,000 viewers.

In total audience share, Seven took out the top spot, managing 19.7% to beat Nine at 15.6%, Ten at 12.6%, ABC at 10.3% and SBS at 5.7%.

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