Cyclone Debbie sees news dominate Thursday night TV

Cyclone Debbie’s destructive path has seen news programs dominate the top five programs of Thursday night television.

As Northern NSW saw residents evacuated due to flooding from Cyclone Debbie, Seven News won the night with 1.111m metro viewers tuning in, according to OzTAM’s overnight preliminary metro ratings.

At 6.30pm Seven News/Today Tonight averaged 987,000 viewers despite airing the AFL in Adelaide instead – which pulled 107,000 metro viewers.

Nine News at 6pm was the second-most watched program for the evening grabbing 1.100m metro viewers and 1.056m at 6.30pm.

The 6pm news for Nine was also the most-watched program for key advertising demographic 25-54.

ABC News at 7pm was the the fifth-most watched program for the night as it saw 765,000 viewers tune in.

Seven won the night with a share of 23.3% in front of Nine’s 20.5% share and Ten’s 12.2%.

ABC finished fourth with 10.6%, ahead of SBS’ 3.8%.

The Richmond Tigers’ 19-point defeat of Collingwood airing on Seven saw 587,000 metro viewers with 380,000 of those being in Melbourne and only 19,000 in Sydney.

Nine’s NRL grabbed 245,000 viewers in Sydney alone, making it the fifth-most watched program for the city. The game had an overall audience of 479,000 from both Sydney and Brisbane (233,000).

Ten’s Gogglebox was the most-watched program for the channel pulling in 687,000 viewers – the show was also the most-watched non-news program for key advertising demographics 16-39 and 18-49 and overall people.

The Biggest Loser: Transformed also aired last night with an average audience of 317,000.


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