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News and cricket lead a Wednesday summer’s night TV ratings

News and cricket were the most popular programs of Wednesday night, according to OzTAM’s overnight figures.

Seven News took the lead with a metro audience of 885,000, it’s biggest audience from the Melbourne market, which achieved 231,000 alone.

Nine News wasn’t far behind on 830,000 metro viewers, with its largest audience also coming from Melbourne – 280,000.

Nationally the two bulletins, which both commence at 6pm, captured 1.310m and 1.101m viewers respectively.

ABC’s news bulletin managed 617,000 metro viewers.

Outside of news and current affairs, the most watched program of the night was the Big Bash League, which is running on Seven this year. The match, between the Perth Scorchers and the Melbourne Stars, achieved 593,000 metro viewers for session two, and 496,000 for session one. The inning break averages 570,000. When accounting for regional figures, that number grew to 864,000 for session two, and 746,000 for session one. The Big Bash led all key advertising demographics, the 16-39s-18-49s and 25-54s.

Foxtel is the other rights holder of The Big Bash League. The two sessions had audiences of 195,000 and 185,000 on Fox Cricket, while the innings break captured 233,000.

Beyond news and sport, Nine’s Young Sheldon was the most popular program of the night, with 458,000 metro viewers. The repeat of the second episode had an audience of 398,000.

Ten’s most watched show was 10 News First, with a metro audience of 363,000.

Thanks to a strong performance from the 6pm bulletin and its Big Bash coverage, Seven won the evening with a 20.1% share of audience. Nine came in behind Seven with a 16.9% share, but beat ABC, Ten and SBS, which averaged shares of 12.1%, 9.4% and 5.2% respectively. The most watched multi-channel of the night was Ten Bold, with a 4.8% share.

Nationally, Seven Network’s share climbed above 30%, while Nine Network rose to a 26.4%. Network Ten’s share leapt ahead of ABC Network – 17.7% and 17% respectively. SBS Network’s share was 7.9%.

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