ABC beats Ten in Friday night’s ratings battle with Broadchurch success

ABC has continued its non-ratings season success, beating Ten on Friday night, thanks in part to its UK series Broadchurch being the most-watched non-news program of the evening.

ABC managed an overall audience share of 12.2%, according to OzTAM’s overnight preliminary metro ratings.

Ten came in fourth position for Friday night with an 11.6% share, ahead of SBS’ 5.2%.

Seven secured the win with its 20.1% share ahead of Nine’s second place share of 18.7%.

The finale to Broadchurch’s final season aired at 8.30pm and managed 679,000 metro viewers – topping its timeslot.

Nationally – including both regional and metro affiliate stations where the program is broadcast – Broadchurch grabbed 966,000.

Also airing at 8.30pm was Ten’s The Graham Norton Show which saw 316,000 metro viewers tune in.

In sport for the evening, Seven’s AFL game – which aired in both Melbourne and Adelaide at 8.30pm – saw Port Adelaide smash Carlton by 90 points as 431,000 metro viewers watched on. In Melbourne alone 292,000 watched the game. Nationally, 554,000 viewers tuned in to watch the game.

Nine’s NRL – which aired in Sydney and Brisbane – averaged 273,000 viewers as the Rabbitohs lost by one point to the Broncos at ANZ Stadium.

In news for the evening Seven News at 6pm was the most-watched program with 971,000 metro viewers while Nine News obtained an audience of 896,000.

At 6.30pm Seven News/Today Tonight grabbed 854,000 while Nine News averaged 847,000.

The commercial networks are gearing up for the resumption of the official ratings season tomorrow, Sunday 23 April, which will also see The TV Week Logies shown on Nine. Ten has announced Masterchef will return on Monday 1 May and Nine’s The Voice returns for its sixth season on Monday 24 April. It is unclear when Seven’s House Rules will return, however My Kitchen Rules concludes on Sunday 30 April.


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