Big Bash dominates the night, securing the win for Channel Ten

Last night’s start of the T20 Big Bash cricket handed Channel Ten a ratings win, with the first session attracting more viewers than last year’s Sydney clash.

Big Bash 2016 opening

The Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder’s first innings captured 834,000 viewers at 7:30pm, ahead of last year’s audience of 797,000 in the same slot.

However, the second session of the night managed 761,000 viewers, which was down from last year’s 813,000 viewers.

The battle, which saw the Sydney Sixers beat the Thunder by nine wickets, was the most watched show across the key advertising demographics (16-39, 18-49, 25-54) as well as the most watched program in Sydney.

In news, not a single program hit 1m viewers according to OzTAM’s preliminary overnight ratings, Channel Seven taking the win with 891,000 viewers at 6:00pm and 869,000 viewers at 6:30pm.

Nine News 6:30 had an audience of 819,000 while Nine News at 6:00pm had 807,000 viewers.

First Dates UK, which ran on Seven at 7:30pm, achieved 447,000 viewers.

Nine’s Kevin Can Wait pulled in 138,000 viewers at 7:30pm and 122,000 at 8:30pm, a slip from last week’s audiences of 417,000 and 339,000 viewers, respectively.

Early on in the night, Seven’s Highway Cops beat Ten’s The Project grabbing 511,000 ahead of Ten’s 501,000.

Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmare could not compete with the Big Bash league, achieving 377,000 at 8:40pm.

Nine’s movie Little Fockers could also not beat Ten’s offering, pulling in an audience of 152,000.

It was an easy win for Ten in audience shares at 19.8%, ahead of Seven at 15.5%, Nine at 13.9%, ABC at 11.8% and SBS at 4.4%.


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