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ABC documentary Employable Me Australia edges towards Ten’s Hughesy We Have a Problem

As Seven continues its TV ratings winning streak with the Commonwealth Games, the battle between other programs has tightened.

In the later time slot on Tuesday night, ABC’s new documentary Employable Me Australia – which follows people with conditions such as autism, OCD & Tourette syndrome as they search for employment, entered OzTam’s overnight preliminary ratings top 20 with a metro audience of 400,000 metro viewers.

The ABC show’s audience was not far behind Dave Hughes’ show Hughesy with Have a Problem, which aired on Ten with 438,000 metro viewers –down on last week’s audience of 514,000.

In the earlier time slot, the battle heated up too as Nine’s Young Sheldon pulled in 745,000 metro viewers at 7:30pm, slightly ahead of Ten’s Bachelor in Paradise, which managed 676,000. The result makes it a much tighter race for the two shows, which last Tuesday had audiences of 896,000 and 707,000 respectively.

Nine’s The Bang Bang Theory sat behind Bachelor in Paradise at 8pm, with 620,000 viewers.

But overall Seven’s Commonwealth Games and its news offering led the evening. The night time coverage of the Gold Coast events attracted 1.480m across the five metro cities, while the evening coverage had 1.241m viewers. The Commonwealth Games also led the key advertising demographics – 16-39s, 18-49s and 25-54s.

Seven News’ 6pm bulletin attracted 1.020m, ahead of Nine News’ 956,000.

Overall, Seven averaged a share of 34.2% for Tuesday night, beating Nine’s 17.2% and Ten’s 11.1%. ABC pulled a 9.8% share while SBS dipped to 3.2%. SBS Viceland’s share was just 0.8% and NITV had an 0.1% share.

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