News specials perform well amid chaotic weather, ACA records highest result of 2015

Samantha Armytage Storms

Seven’s decision to have Sunrise host Samantha Armytage in the anchor seat for its Sydney bulletin last night helped boost its audience with an extra 100,000 people tuning in for Seven’s Sydney Storm coverage, in a strong night for news all round.

However, Nine still beat Seven in both Sydney and nationally with an audience of 1.267m for its national news bulletin, with a boost in Sydney of 174,000 viewers.

The decision to put Armytage, whose contract with Seven ends midyear, was made to due the extraordinary weather in Sydney and the fact that regular newsreader Mark Ferguson is in Turkey covering the Gallipoli centenary.

Nine’s A Current Affair also performed strongly last night, with a special report on the funding model of the Hillsong Church pulling in 1.1m viewers up from 819,000 last week, giving A Current Affair its highest rating episode this year.

My Kitchen Rules (MKR) was the highest watched program of the night, landing 1.457m to again see off rival The Block: Triple Threat, which was watched by 1.039m – up from last week’s audience of 886,000.

ABC News scored 958,000 metro viewers and 7:30 brought in 753,000, while Ten’s Eyewitness News at 5pm tailed on 663,000. Ten’s NCIS was watched by 611,000.

Overall, Seven still secured a winning audience share of 30.7 per cent with Nine in close pursuit on 28.3 per cent. Ten claimed third place with a share of 18.2 per cent, with the ABC landing 16.9 per cent.

Top 15 Shows:

1 MY KITCHEN RULES-TUE Network 7 1,457,000
2 NINE NEWS Network 9 1,267,000
3 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 1,139,000
4 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 1,102,000
5 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 1,100,000
6 THE BLOCK TRIPLE THREAT -TUE Network 9 1,039,000
7 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 1,010,000
8 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC 958,000
9 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 822,000
10 THE BIG BANG THEORY -RPT Network9 795,000
11 7.30-EV Network ABC 753,000
13 THE BIG BANG THEORY -RPT EP2 Network 9 613,000
14 NCIS Network TEN 611,000
15 HOT SEAT Network 9 592,000

Audience Share:

Network 7 24.70%
Network 9 21.00%
Network TEN 12.90%
Network ABC 12.50%
Network SBS ONE 4.60%
Network ABC2 2.60%
Network ABC3 0.50%
Network ABC News 24 1.20%
Network 7TWO 3.80%
Network 7mate 2.10%
Network GO! 3.20%
Network Gem 4.10%
Network ONE 2.10%
Network ELEVEN 3.20%
Network SBS 2 1.20%
Network NITV 0.10%

Total Audience Share:

Network 7 TTL 30.70%
Network 9 TTL 28.30%
Network TEN TTL 18.20%
Network ABC TTL 16.90%
Network SBS TTL 5.90%

Data © OzTAM Pty Limited 2013. The Data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) in whole or in part, without the prior written consent of OzTAM.


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