Cricket dominates Sunday ratings as Australia closes on first test victory

Australia’s breakthrough day in The Ashes drove big audiences to Nine throughout the day on Sunday.

The evening session of the fourth day of the first test match against England drew the biggest audience of the series so far, as viewers watched Australia’s batsmen begin their run chase in Brisbane. The session averaged 1.174m metro viewers, according to preliminary overnight data from OzTam. Including regional viewing this rose to 1.63.

The afternoon session averaged 958,000 metro viewers and a national total of 1.329m.

And the morning session averaged 773,000 viewers, or 1.079m nationally.

Nine’s night was also boosted as cooking contest Family Food Fight entered its final phase, with an average of 716,000 metro viewers tuning in. It reached a national audience of 1.003m.

And Nine’s 60 Minutes rated 622,000.

Across the evening, Nine achieved a metro share of 21.6%, just ahead of Seven’s share of 21.3%

The ABC rated 12.7% and Ten averaged just 7%.

Seven’s top rating program of the night was Seven News with 1.04m metro viewers and 1.528m nationally. Sunday Night rated 804,000 for Seven.

Meanwhile, Ten’s best performer on Sunday was Supercars, with the podium segment rating 298,000 viewers. The Sunday Project rated just 239,000 viewers.

In the morning battle, ABC’s insiders topped the ratings with 267,000 viewers, ahead of Weekend Today on 246,000 and Weekend Sunrise on 259,000.


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