News and sport help Seven to a 24.5% audience share on Friday night

Another strong performance from Seven News and the AFL has given Seven the edge in Friday night’s TV ratings, helping the channel to a 24.5% audience share.

Better Homes and Gardens and Sunrise also performed well, bringing in 570,000 and 265,000 metro viewers apiece.

Seven News was the most-watched show for the evening with 928,000 metro viewers, which rose to 1.434m when combined with regional figures. The AFL game which saw the Sydney Swans controversially triumph over the Essendon Bombers aired on Seven’s primary channel in Melbourne and Adelaide and 7Mate in all other cities, bringing in 572,000 metro viewers overall.

Nine News took the second-most-watched position with 833,000 viewers tuning in for the first half at 6 pm, narrowly beating the second half of Seven News, which airs as Today Tonight in some states and brought in 829,000 viewers. The latter half of Nine News saw 778,000 viewers.

A Current Affair was the next most-watched show for the network with 573,000 metro viewers.

ABC’s best effort was ABC News which brought in 542,000 metro viewers and 814,000 when combined with regional figures. Gardening Australia also saw a significant jump from metro to combined viewers, with 395,000 tuning in from metro and 223,000 from regional for a combined 618,000.

Ten’s most-watched show for the evening was The Living Room with 422,000 metro viewers.

Behind Seven in the audience share, Nine took 17.6%, Ten held 10.8% and ABC came in fourth with 10%. Seven’s success carried across into the network audience share, with Seven Network taking an easy win on 37.3%, followed by Nine on 25.7%, Ten on 15.9% and ABC on 15.3%.

7Mate took the top spot in the multi-channel audience share, holding 5.5% followed by 7Two on 4.2%.


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