ABC leaps above Ten as news dominates Wednesday night

A night without flagship reality TV has seen Ten slip behind the ABC as news took the lead on Wednesday.

The national broadcaster, which recently announced mass cuts across its business, drew a 14.1% primary channel audience share and 18.9% as a network, topping Ten’s 9.4% channel share and its network share of 17.0%.

ABC beat out Ten on Wednesday night for third place in the TV rankings

The most-watched programs for the night were all news – Seven News held top spot with 1.162m metro viewers and 1.791m nationally, followed by Nine News with 990,000 and 1.296m nationally. Seven News also topped the older key advertising demographic of 25-54s and took second place with audiences 16-39 and 18-49.

ABC News drew 786,000 metro viewers and 1.167m nationally, while Ten’s The Project at 7pm brought in 541,000 metro and 742,000 nationally. The Project was, however, the most-watched show in the 16-39 and 18-49 demographics.

The most-watched entertainment program for the night was Seven’s The Chase Australia (677,000 metro viewers), followed by Home and Away (653,000).

In the 7:30pm timeslot, ABC’s 7.30 took the lead with 649,000 metro viewers, followed by Seven’s America’s Got Talent with 563,000. Nine’s Kath and Kim reruns drew 356,000 metro viewers, while Ten’s Bondi Rescue brought in 356,000.

Seven was the most-watched channel overall with a primary channel audience share of 20.8%, above Nine’s 16.0%. Seven Network held an audience share of 29.0%, while Nine Network secured 24.8%. The most-watched multi-channel was 10 Bold with 4.9% audience share.


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