Highway Patrol pulls 776,000 as Big Bash continues to dominate summer viewing

Highway PatrolBig Bash Cricket continues to dominate summer TV viewing with last night’s MCG match between the Melbourne Stars and Hobart Hurricanes the most-watched non-news show of the evening.

The result came on a night when a repeat of the Highway Patrol on Seven at 7:30pm was the second most-watched, non-news program of the night, with 776,000 viewers, beaten only by the Big Bash, which had 913,000 capital city viewers for session 2 of the game.

Session 1 of the Big Bash drew 846,000 capital city viewers in a week when the test cricket, on rival Nine, was washed out due to rain. 

On Seven, Border Security at 7:00pm and Motorway Patrol at 8:00pm performed relatively strongly, with audiences of 675,000 and 700,000, respectively.

In the same time slot, at Nine, repeats of RBT drew just 496,000.

When it came to news, Nine comprehensively won the 6:30pm time slot with 1.027m; rival Seven taking 894,000. However, it was a much closer contest at 6:00pm with the news bulletin at Seven winning narrowly with 988,000 to Nine’s 983,000.

Last night proved a close contest in both main channel audience and total share, with Ten winning the night in terms of main channel audience share with 17.9 per cent compared with Seven’s 17.3 per cent, Nine’s 16.5 per cent and ABC’s 9.8 per cent.

Total audience share saw a similarly close fight, with Nine recording 25.5 per cent, Seven 25.3 per cent, and Ten 24.8 per cent.

Data OzTAM Pty Limited 2015. The Data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) in whole or in part, without the prior written consent of OzTAM.


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