Nine gets its own ‘Big Bash’ as international T20 with Sri Lanka performs well

The Nine Network enjoyed a successful night in the ratings with the T20 international between Australia and Sri Lanka capturing an audience of 668,000 across the five metro markets despite Australia’s loss.

Australia’s clash with Sri Lanka was the top non-news show of the night.

The evening was dominated by news, with Seven News at 6pm filling the top spot with 926,000, followed by Seven News/Today Tonight at 6.30pm with 839,000.

Seven’s flagship Friday night show, Better Homes and Gardens at 7pm pulled 636,000, edging out ABC News at the same time with 625,000.

Nine’s news at 6pm was the third most watched show of the night, while the network banked on the cricket fixture to deliver the bulk of its audience.

The match’s post game coverage, which included the culmination of Sri Lanka’s five wicket victory over Australia, was the top rated non-news show of the night with 691,000.

Ten News at 5pm was the network’s best performing offer of the evening with 510,000, ahead of The Graham Norton Show at 8.30pm (484,000). The Living Room at 7.30pm (451,000) and Family Feud at 6pm (409,000) rounded out Ten’s night.

Seven’s The Chase Australia at 5pm made the top 10 shows with 588,000 while Nine’s early evening game show, Millioniare Hot Seat at the same time, recorded an audience of 367,000.

In the battle of the breakfast shows Sunrise outperformed Today with 329,000 against Today’s 293,000 across the five metro markets.

As the first official ratings week of the year headed to a close the Cricket was enough to get Nine across the line for a nightly win with a share of 21.7% ahead of Seven on 21.2%, the ABC on 12%, Ten on 11.3% and SBS with 5.7%.


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