Lleyton Hewitt’s final appearance in the Australian Open was watched by some 949,000 metro viewers on Seven, as the Australian champion made his final appearance at the Grand Slam tennis tournament.
Hewitt’s straight sets defeat to David Ferrer out-rated Ten’s Big Bash semi-final match session 2 between the Adelaide Strikers and Sydney Thunder, which drew 929,000 viewers.
The result came on an otherwise quiet night for television viewing (outside of sport), with Nine’s game show Hot Seat the most watched show outside of news, current affairs and sport, with 511,000.
According to the Oztam preliminary numbers, Sherlock on the ABC at 8:30pm drew 424,000 viewers but was beaten by QI, which was on at 8:00pm.
The ABC out-rated Nine’s non-sport programming, with Matt and Jane to the Rescue, featuring two former Block contestants who help a man with terminal kidney cancer fulfil his wish to renovate his home, drawing 369,000.
In news, Nine comprehensively won the 6:00pm and 6:30pm bulletins with 976,000 viewers and 929,000, respectively; while Seven achieved 852,000 viewers at 6:00pm and 811,000 at 6:30pm.
In main channel audience share Seven won the night with 25.8%, Ten achieved 18.2%, Nine 13% and the ABC 10.3%.