News programs trump entertainment in Thursday night TV ratings

Nine News took out the overall top spot and #1 news program on Thursday night, pulling in 1.082 million metro viewers.

After news programs the audience dropped-off, and entertainment programs brought in a lower than average metro audience overall.

There was no Thursday night NRL because it’s a State of Origin week, so Nine relied on A Current Affair to take its place, along with repeats of RBT which drew a metro audience of 435,000, Paramedics with a metro audience of 364,000, and King’s Cross ER pulling in 297,000 metro viewers.

Seven pulled in 423,000 metro viewers for Seven’s AFL: Thursday Night Football at 8:30pm, followed by The Equalizer 2 which saw 171,000 metro viewers tune in.

Seven’s game show The Chase Australia was the #1 entertainment program of the evening, with a metro-audience of 581,000, followed closely by Nine’s Hot Seat with 534,000 metro viewers and Seven’s Home and Away with 530,000. Seven won network share with 32.2%, followed by Nine on 25.7%/.

Ten News First Presents Diana’s Decades drew in 213,000 metro viewers, following two repeats of Law & Order: SVU with 108,000 viewers for the first episode and 132,000 viewers for the second episode, finishing up the night with a new episode of Blue Bloods pulling in 86,000 metro viewers. That left Ten fourth for network share on  14.4%, behind ABC on 17.5%.

The #1 multi-channel of the evening was 10 Bold with 3.5%.


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