Big Brother dominates Thursday TV viewing

Proving popular: Big Brother's Michael Beveridge

Nine’s popular reality show Big Brother dominated Thursday television viewing last night.

Running from 7pm to 8pm, 976,000 people tuned in to watch housemates that include Frost Design account manager Stacey Wren and The Hoopla Family copywriter Michael Beveridge, according to OzTam preliminary ratings.

It easily won its time slot, beating Seven stalwart Home & Away, which pulled in 888,000, and smashed Ten’s most popular non-news show of the night, a repeat of Modern Family, which rated with just 538,000.

Big Brother Confidential, an extras show that followed the regular format at 8pm, rated with 904,000 on a night that not a single non-news show eclipsed 1m viewers.

The back-to-back shows also hogged the top spots in the key advertising demographics, 25-54, 16-39 and 18-49, with Seven’s Criminal Minds and Home & Away, and Nine’s own The Big Bang Theory, the only shows mounting a significant challenge.

Ten’s most watched show was Ten News At Five, which rated 708,000, ranking 12th for the night.

Seven News won the night with 1.206m, followed by Nine News and ABC News – the only other shows to be watched by more than 1m people.

Thursday’s top 15 shows:
1. Seven News – Seven 1.206m
2. Nine News – Nine 1.061m
3. ABC News – ABC 1.060m
4. A Current Affair – Nine 0.979m
5. Big Brother – Nine 0.976m
6. Today Tonight – Seven 0.974m
7. Big Brother – Confidential – Nine 0.904m
8. Home and Away – Seven 0.888m
9. Criminal Minds – Seven 0.874m
10. Rake – ABC 0.798m
11. 7:30 – ABC 0.745m
12. Ten News – Ten 0.708m
13. The Footy Show – Nine 0.681m
14. The Big Bang Theory – Episode 1 – Nine 0.658m
15. Catalyst – ABC 0.638m

Thursday’s channel share
Seven: 21.7%
Nine: 20.8%
ABC1: 13.0%
Ten: 10.6%
ABC2: 5.5%
7TWO 4.6%
Eleven: 4.2%
7mate: 4.1%
SBS1: 3.8%
GO!: 3.7%
Gem: 2.8%
One: 2.5%
ABC3: 1.0%
ABC News 24: 0.8%
SBS2: 0.8%



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