News and current affairs leads Thursday ratings

Nine and Seven’s news and current affairs shows led the Thursday ratings night, while programs broadcast from 7:30pm all failed to reach the one million viewer mark respectively.  

In the 7:30pm slot, Nine’s travel show Getaway was the leader with 943,000, followed by Ten’s The Biggest Loser with 908,000, according to preliminary overnight OzTam data in the main metro markets.

Seven’s Ghost Whisperer, which was recently brought into the schedule to replace the axed game show The White Room, trailed third with 802,000 viewers.

In the 8:30pm time slot, Nine’s The Mentalist led with 949,000, which was down slightly on the 1.022m it attracted last week. Meanwhile Seven’s Cougar Town attracted 876,000, which as slightly up on the 857,000 it managed last week.

Overall free-to-air viewing among the main channels saw Nine take the lead with a 26.6 per cent share, followed by Seven with 24 per cent and Ten with 20.2 per cent.

Thursday’s channel share:

  • Nine: 26.6%
  • Seven: 24.0%
  • Ten: 20.2%
  • ABC1: 12.8%
  • GO!: 4.8%
  • SBS1: 3.8%
  • 7TWO 3.0%
  • One: 2.0%
  • ABC2: 1.7%
  • SBS2: 0.6%
  • ABC3: 0.5%

Thursday’s most-watched shows:

Today Tonight Seven 1.368m

Seven News Seven 1.334m

Nine News Nine 1.122m

A Current Affair Nine 1.080m

Two and a Half Men Nine 1.047m

Home and Away Seven 0.955m

The Mentalist Nine 0.949m

Getaway Nine 0.943m

The Biggest Loser Ten 0.908m

ABC News ABC 0.876m

Cougar Town Seven 0.876m

How I Met Your Mother Seven 0.833m

Law and Order: SVU Ten 0.824m

Ten News Ten 0.807m

Ghost Whisperer Seven 0.802m


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