News and current affairs help Seven to a Friday night TV win

Seven has taken a total audience TV win on a quiet Friday night, with a network share of 28.8%, in front of Nine’s 27.7%. Seven News at 6pm topped the key advertising demographics of 18-49s and 25-54s and attracted 770,000 metro viewers. Seven News at 6:30pm, which airs as Today Tonight in some markets, drew 736,000 metro viewers.

At 8:30pm Seven aired a repeat of Catching Milat, the documentary surrounding the investigation of serial killer Ivan Milat who passed away last Sunday following a long illness. Part one of the documentary received 205,000 metro viewers and part two, which ran until midnight, attracted 200,000 metro viewers.

Seven’s primary channel share for the night was 18.3%. In national numbers, Seven News reached 1.21m viewers and Catching Milat drew 335,000 for its first alf and 315,000 for the second.

A quiet night in TV has helped Seven win Friday

10 Bold was the most watched multi channel for the evening with a 5% share. From 7:30pm the channel was broadcasting the Bronze Final of the Rugby World Cup between New Zealand and Wales. The match received 175,000 metro viewers.

Ten’s primary channel broadcast 10 News First at 5pm to 308,00 metro viewers, The Project to 254,000 viewers, and The Living Room to 350,000 viewers. The Living Room was the fifth most watched program in both the 18-49s and 25-54s advertising demographics.

Ten’s network share for the night was 10.4% and its primary channel reached 9.4%. Nine’s primary channel had a 16.4% audience share for the evening. Nine News and Nine News at 6:30pm, received 698,000 and 689,000 metro viewers, respectively. At 8:30pm Nine aired the family drama Wonder to 252,000 metro viewers.

A Current Affair drew 522,000 metro viewers and Hot Seat, 429,000 metro viewers. Nine’s Bondi Vet: Coast to Coast drew 270,000 metro viewers and 367,000 nationally. The show moved from Ten to Nine for its 2019 season after Dr Chris Brown announced he would be stepping back from the format in 2017.

In the morning show battles, Seven’s Sunrise drew 298,000 metro viewers and 485,000 nationally. Nine’s Today slipped to 155,000 metro and 247,000 nationally.

ABC drama, Grantchester, attracted 446,000 metro viewers at 8:30, followed by Unforgotten with 318,000 viewers.

The public broadcaster’s network share was 18.7%.


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