News programs soak up Thursday night’s TV audiences as entertainment falls short

Only three of the top 10 television shows in Australia last night were non-news and current affairs related, OzTAM’s overnight preliminary ratings show.

The most watched program of the evening was Seven News at 6pm, with 908,000 metro viewers while Nine News attracted 738,000.

Seven News won the evening with 908,000 metro viewers

Seven News topped the key advertising demographics – 16-39, 18-49 and 25-54.

Meanwhile ABC News pulled in a metro audience of 672,000.

Seven News 6:30/Today Tonight beat Nine’s A Current Affair with an audience of 863,000 over 651,000.

Ten’s most watched program was The Project 7pm, which had a metro audience of 424,000.

Outside of news, the most watched program of the night was Home and Away, with 600,000 metro viewers.

RBT – which ran at 7:30pm – managed 583,000 across Australia’s five metro cities while Ten’s CRAM sat outside of the top 20.

SBS’ Great British Railway Journeys, which ran at the same time as RBT and CRAM, had 319,000 metro viewers.

With the help of news programs and Home and Away, Seven won the night with a main channel share of 19.1%. It beat Nine’s 17.2%, ABC’s 11.3% and Ten’s 10.4%. SBS finished the night with a 6.9% audience share.


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