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The Chase Australia most-watched entertainment program on Friday, helping Seven to a win

News and current affairs programs dominated Friday night television, with only three entertainment shows making it into the top 10.

The Chase Australia: dominated Friday TV

Seven’s The Chase Australia came in at seventh place with 631,000 metro viewers, Better Homes & Gardens ranked eighth with an audience of 603,000 and Nine’s Hot Seat was 10th with 469,000. 

Overall Seven News won the night, according to OzTAM’s overnight preliminary metro ratings, thanks to an audience of 995,000 at 6pm and 943,000 at 6:30pm – which in some states is broadcast as Today Tonight.

Nine’s news offerings were up next, placing third and fourth on the ladder. The first half hour of the bulletin pulled 861,000 metro viewers, while the 6:30pm segment had 854,000.

ABC News was sixth with 635,000 and the top 10 was rounded our with Ten’s Eyewitness News in ninth with 473,000.

The shows making up the top 10 didn’t change once regional figures were added in – including broadcasts on affiliate stations – but The Chase Australia and Better Homes & Gardens did outdo Nine’s news programs.

Seven News remained in first nationally with 1.564m tuning in for the first half hour and 1.396m for the second.

Seven News: most-watched metro and national show on Friday

The Chase Australia climbed to third place nationally with 1.046m tuning in and Better Homes & Gardens’ audience of 1.043m put it in fourth.

The top five nationally was rounded out by Nine’s A Current Affair (929,000).

ABC News (902,000) was sixth, Nine News was seventh and eighth (870,000 and 861,000), Ten News was ninth (675,000) and Nine’s Hot Seat was 10th (668,000).

In sport, Seven’s AFL, which was broadcast on the main station in Melbourne and Adelaide, had 410,000 metro viewers – with 313,000 of them tuning in from Melbourne. The match was 14th on the metro ratings ladder.

Nine’s NRL, broadcast in Sydney and Melbourne, had 376,000 metro viewers, placing it in 15th for the night.

Day 11 of Wimbledon on Seven had 293,000 metro viewers.

In the breakfast battle, Seven’s Sunrise placed 26th across the metro markets with 273,000 viewers, just below SBS’ Great British Rail Journeys which placed 25th thanks to a metro audience of 289,000.

Today: Couldn’t quite beat Sunrise 

Sunrise’s main competitor, Today on Nine pulled 246,000 metro viewers, making it the 32nd most-watched show of the day – just behind ABC2’s Peppa Pig, which had an audience of 252,000.

Seven easily won the Friday TV battle with an overall metro audience share of 22.5%, ahead of Nine’s 16.8%, Ten’s 10.2%, ABC’s 9.9% and SBS’ 6.6%.

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