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Netball has its moment in prime time on Nine as the weekly honours go to Seven

The Nine network’s bold experiment, broadcasting the Suncorp Super Netball Grand Final in prime time on the main channel on Saturday night, appears to have paid off, with 265,000 viewers tuning in to the match and 337,000 watching the pre-game show.

The 7pm start for the pre-match on Nine was a first for the sport with the show the 20th most watched program on the night.

However, the Seven Network has again won the weekly ratings battle, but not without a strong challenge form Nine which boasted the most watched show of the week with Hamish & Andy’s True Story.

In a week where the future of the Ten Network was thrown into doubt as it was placed into administration, Ten finished in third place.

Seven capped the week with a share of 20.3%, while Nine finished with 18%.

Ten’s share of 13.1% saw it finish ahead of the ABC, which managed to hold a share of 12.6% for the week, while SBS had 4.5%.

Hamish and Andy on Monday with 1.092m finished as the top general entertainment show, just eclipsing Seven’s House Rules on Sunday which drew 1.089m.

House Rules on Monday night was the ninth most watched show of the week, with 999,000.

Ten’s good news stories for the week were Masterchef on Tuesday and Wednesday with 903,000 and 889,000 respectively.

Sunday night’s The Voice on Nine ranked at 14, with 852,000 watching.

Saturday night saw the ratings dominated by the ABC with shows such as Father Brown (768,000), Delicious (681,000), New Tricks (416,000) and Gardending Australia (399,000) the most popular non-news shows of the night.

Nine’s Getaway at 5.30pm drew 388,000.

Other sports on the Saturday included the afternoon clash between the Wallabies and Scotland on Ten which was watched by 177,000, while the post match show fared better with 291,000.

Seven’s AFL match between the Gold Coast Suns and Carlton had an audience of 303,000 across Melbourne and Adelaide.

The below graphic (which only includes the three major commercial networks and excludes ABC and SBS) has been prepared by Nine based on OzTam data:

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