Cougar Town takes Seven to big Thursday win

The heavily promoted Cougar Town took Seven to a solid win in Thursday night’s ratings.

The 40-something dating comedy starring ex-Friends star Courtney Cox rated 1.35 million, beating out the series return of Law & Order: SVU on Ten in the 8:30pm time slot, according to preliminary overnight OzTam data for the five metropolitan markets.

Seven had five shows on the top 10 most-watched list, including Seven News, Today Tonight, How I Met Your Mother and Home and Away.

Meanwhile in overall free-to-air TV viewing, Seven was the decisive leader with a 27 per cent share, followed by Nine with 23.9 per cent and Ten with 20.9 per cent.

Thursday’s channel share:

  • Seven: 27.0%
  • Nine: 23.9%
  • Ten: 20.9%
  • ABC1: 13.2%
  • SBS1: 4.3%
  • GO!: 4.1%
  • 7TWO 2.4%
  • ABC2: 1.8%
  • One: 1.2%
  • ABC3: 0.6%
  • SBS2: 0.5%

Thursday’s top rating shows:

  1. Cougar Town Seven 1.35m
  2. Seven News Seven 1.3m
  3. Today Tonight Seven 1.24m
  4. Nine News Nine 1.1m
  5. A Current Affair Nine 1.1m
  6. How I Met Your Mother Seven 1m
  7. Law and Order: SVU Ten 1m
  8. Two and a Half Men Nine 993,000
  9. Home and Away Seven 957,000
  10. ABC News ABC 889,000
  11. The Biggest Loser Ten 882,000
  12. Ten News Ten 851,000
  13. Getaway Nine 830,000
  14. The White Room Seven 812,000
  15. Medium Ten 753,000

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