News wins for Seven and Nine as The Checkout posts biggest audience yet

News and current affairs programs each brought over 1m metro viewers to Seven and Nine last night, as The Checkout posted its highest audience yet for ABC1, preliminary overnight metro ratings from OzTam show.

In the evening news hour Nine was just ahead of Seven with 1.17m from 6pm as Seven had 1.136m, giving Nine the top program of the night. Nine News then had 1.059m from 6.30pm as Seven News and Today tonight had 1.011m.

Seven then held the bulk of the audience with 922,000 for Home and Away, as ABC1 stepped up to second in the timeslot with 846,000 for ABC News from 7pm, while A Current affair had 827,000 on Nine.

ABC1 posted its highest audience yet for consumer affairs program The Checkout which won the 8pm timslot with 825,000 metro viewers watching as Julian Morrow and Kate Browne exposed the tricks of online dating websites and the extortionate roaming charges imposed by mobile phone companies. The series hit its previous high of 823,000 on March 28.

Meanwhile Ten’s So You Think You Can Dance had 353,000 in the five cities and 411,000 for the results announcement at the end of the program from 7.30pm to 9pm, marking a recovery from last week when So You Think You Can Dance had 278,000, its lowest audience for the main portion of the program.

Legal drama Janet King on ABC1 won its timeslot from 8.30pm to 9.30pm ahead of the three commercial networks.

However, Seven had a fragmented audience as it broadcast its Sunday night programs My France with Manu and Downton Abbey to 472,000 and 360,000 in Melbourne and Adelaide, where the football was played on Sunday.

Border Security brought 587,000 to Seven in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth, making it second in the timeslot despite the limited markets it was shown in, as Nine had 563,000 for the latest series of Top Gear, which has already aired in the UK and on BBC Knowledge on Foxtel, now in the primetime slot of 7.30pm.

Nine was second in the later timeslot as The Footy Show had 706,000 metro viewers from 8.40pm while Seven’s Strip the City had 382,000 in all cities but Melbourne and Adelaide from 8.30pm.

Ten’s Law and Order SVU got 446,000 for an hour from 9pm.

In breakfast TV the gap appears to be closing and Sunrise was just ahead of Today with 351,000 on Seven as Nine had 338,000.

Seven had the biggest audience share with 21.6 per cent and Nine was close behind with 20.5 per cent. ABC1 had 14.3 per cent audience share and Ten had 10.6 per cent.

Thursday’s top 15 shows:

  1. Nine News Nine 1.171m
  2. Seven News Seven 1.136m
  3. Nine News 6:30 Nine 1.059m
  4. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 1.011m
  5. Home and Away Seven 922,000
  6. ABC News ABC1 846,000
  7. A Current Affair Nine 827,000
  8. The Checkout ABC1 825,000
  9. Janet King ABC1 820,000
  10. ABC News Update ABC1 776,000
  11. 7.30 ABC1 737,000
  12. The Footy Show Nine 706,000
  13. Hot Seat Nine 650,000
  14. Ten Eyewitness News Ten 621,000
  15. Border Security, Australia’s Front Line Seven 587,000

Thursday’s share:

  • Seven 21.6%
  • Nine 20.5%
  • ABC1 14.3%
  • TEN 10.6%
  • 7mate 5.0%
  • GO! 4.6%
  • ELEVEN 4.6%
  • SBS ONE 4.0%
  • 7TWO 3.4%
  • Gem 3.0%
  • ABC2 2.8%
  • ONE 1.9%
  • ABC News 24 1.4%
  • ABC3 1.3%
  • SBS 2 0.9%
  • NITV 0.2%

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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