Nine News achieves highest-rating bulletin since 2015

The hunger for news amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has pushed Nine News to achieve its highest-rating bulletin since 2015 on Wednesday night.

1.26m viewers tuned in for the 6pm bulletin, just slightly below the last high of 1.30m in 2015.

Amid the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) viewers are flocking to news programming

Married At First Sight also hit a new high, achieving its most-watched episode of the 2020 season with 1.206m metro viewers tuning in. Nationally, Nine News reached 1.626m viewers and MAFS 1.602m.

Seven News was still the most-watched program for the night. The 6pm bulletin delivered 1.277m metro viewers and 1.943m nationally. ABC News delivered 1m metro viewers and 1.442m nationally.

ABC also had success with Hard Quiz, which brought in 809,000 metro viewers, and Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell with 757,000. 7.30 delivered 888,000. The second episode in the latest season of You Can’t Ask That, which focused on nudists, brought in 478,000 metro viewers.

Seven’s 7:30pm offering of First Dates delivered 219,000 metro viewers, followed by 311,000 for The Front Bar. Ten’s Bondi Rescue brought in 408,000 metro viewers.

Married At First Sight was the winner in all three of the key advertising demographics – 16-39s, 18-49s and 25-54s – followed by Nine News.

The night was won by Nine overall with a 25.8% audience share for its primary channel and 32.5% as a network. Seven took second place with 16.5% as a channel and 23.3% as a network, followed by ABC with 14.4% for its primary channel and 20.7% as a network. Ten held 9.0% and 15.7%. 10 Bold was the most-watched multi-channel with 4.3%.


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