Close ratings race to the finish for Nine and Seven

It’s going to be a tight battle to the end of the week for Nine and Seven despite Ten taking two key time slots for Thursday night.

Nine won Thursday night overall  with 26.8%, according to preliminary TV ratings from OzTam.  Followed by 25.1% for Seven, 24.3% for Ten, 18.2%  for ABC and 5.7% for SBS. 

Both Nine and Seven networks are neck and neck for the week with Nine ahead by only .3%. Friday night sports may determine the winner with Seven not providing a live broadcast of the Port Adelaide vs St Kilda AFL match in any of the major cities. Nine will show the South Sydney vs Cronulla NRL match in both Sydney and Brisbane live followed by Brisbane vs Paramatta at 9:30pm.

Despite the close race, Ten took both the 7 and 8:30 pm slots with The Biggest Loser raking in 1.2m and Law and Order:SVU, 1.1m. Seven’s Grey’s Anatomy at 8:30 didn’t make the top ten, with only 936,000.

The top ten shows:

  1. Seven News – Seven 1.4m
  2. Today Tonight – Seven 1.4m
  3. The Biggest Loser – Ten 1.2m
  4. Law and Order: SVU – Ten 1.1m
  5. ABC News – ABC 1.1m
  6. Two and a Half Men – Nine 1.1m
  7. Home and Away – Seven 1.1m
  8. 20 to 1 – Nine 1.1m
  9. Getaway – Nine 1.1m
  10. Nine News – Nine 1m

Meanwhile, the second episode of Mad Men averaged 336,000 in metropolitan homes for SBS which is 74,000 less than last week’s premiere.


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