Australia regains The Ashes in front of 937,000 viewers

Cricket Australia tweeted victory at 4.46pm

Cricket Australia tweeted victory at 4.46pm

Less than 1m people were recorded as watching when Australia regained the Ashes in the final session of the third test yesterday afternoon.

The cricket live from Perth until 4.45pm averaged 937,000 metro viewers according to OzTam, However, those numbers do not record people watching out of home, in offices, bars and cafes.

The early finish meant Nine ran repeats of The Big Bang Theory from 7.30pm to 9pm, taking the lead over Seven’s repeat of Dynamo: Magician Impossible, which averaged 497,000 in all cities but Melbourne which has been split out of the OzTam ratings.

Combined with the Melbourne rating of 226,000, the magic show had a total 723,000 viewers across the five cities at 7.30pm.

Meanwhile Jamie’s Christmas with Bells on was fourth in its timeslot with an average 544,000 for Ten as ABC1’s 7.30 summer edition had 587,000 metro viewers.ABC1’s cooking show with Nigella Lawson, Nigellissima: An Italian inspired Christmas, was second in the 8.30pm timeslot with an audience of 578,000 as Seven’s Criminal Minds averaged 593,000. Meanwhile Ten’s NCIS rated 515,000 at 8.30pm.

Channel Nine’s film US Marshalls with Tommy Lee Jones and Wesley Snipes was fourth in the 8.30pm timeslot with an average 464,000 metro viewers.

Nine News was the top program of the night with 1.068m viewers while Seven News averaged 1.043m. And Nine won the night with 20.8 per cent of the audience share, although Seven was not far behind with a 19.5 per cent share. Ten’s audience share was 13.3 per cent, just behind the 13.7 per cent won by ABC1.

Thursday’s top 15 shows:

  1. Nine News Nine 1.068m
  2. Seven News Seven 1.043m
  3. The Ashes Third Test Australia v England Session 2 Nine 937,000
  4. Today Tonight Seven 936,000
  5. The Ashes Third Test Australia v England Session 1 Nine 851,000
  6. ABC News ABC1 720,000
  7. The Cricket Show Nine 718,000
  8. Better Homes and Gardens Summer Seven 649,000
  9. The Ashes Third Test Australia v England Session 3 Nine 634,000
  10. Criminal Minds Seven 593,000
  11. 7.30 Summer Edition ABC1 587,000
  12. Nigellissima: An Italian inspired Christmas ABC1 578,000
  13. Ten Eyewitness News Ten 571,000
  14. Jamie’s Christmas with Bells on (Rpt) 544,000
  15. Million Dollar Minute Seven 522,000

Wednesday’s share:

  • Nine 20.8%
  • Seven 19.5%
  • ABC1 13.7%
  • Ten 13.3%
  • 7TWO 4.9%
  • 7mate 4.8%
  • SBS ONE 4.1%
  • ABC2 3.6%
  • Eleven 3.3%
  • One 3.2%
  • GO! 3.1%
  • Gem 2.2%
  • ABC News 24 1.4%
  • ABC3 1.1%
  • SBS 2 1.1%
  • NITV 0.1%

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