Nine News lifts for second half but Seven News wins the night

sevenNine NewsNine’s one hour bulletin saw an uplift in viewers for the second half hour last night with 997,000 metro viewers watching from 6.30pm, according to OzTam.

However Seven News was the most watched program of the night and the only show to score over 1m viewers with an average 1.022m, but Seven’s Today Tonight averaged 869,000 at 6.30pm, falling second in the timeslot behind Nine News.

A Current Affair won the largest audience at 7pm of 853,000 metro viewers, preliminary overnight ratings show.

Meanwhile ABC News was second in the 7pm timeslot with a total 819,000 metro viewers as Seven’s repeat episode of Border Security – Australia’s Front Line averaged 737,000.

The first session of the T20 Big Bash League won Channel Ten the most prime time viewers from 7.30pm with an average 737,000, and the second session won the biggest audience from 9pm with 547,000 metro viewers.

Second in the 7.30pm timeslot was Nine’s Getaway, a travel show featuring radio personality Jules Lund on the road across Russia, which averaged 650,000.

ABC1 was second in the 8pm timeslot with a repeat of Stephen Fry’s QI, and Michael Palin’s Brazil, also a repeat, was second at 8.30pm with an average 532,000.

Seven’s repeat episode of Bones eclipsed Nine’s new episode of Person of Interest as Bones had 528,000 viewers from 8.30pm, falling 16th for the night, and Person of Interest failed to make OzTam’s top 20.

Nine won the night with a 19.2 per cent audience share as Seven averaged 16.8 per cent. Ten had the third largest audience share of 13.5 per cent as ABC1 averaged 12.6 per cent.

Morning television has seen little change in averages during the summer holiday period as Channel Ten’s Wake Up team continued to present from the North Steyne Surf Lifesaving Club in Manly Beach. The show retained a weekly average of 34,000 metro viewers for four of the five weeks between December 2 and January 1 and 38,000 in the second week of December,

Seven’s Sunrise held a lead in the morning battle with hosts Samantha Armytage and David Koch holding onto weekly average audiences of 364,000 and 342,000 in the first two weeks of December. Ratings dropped to 337,000 and 302,000 in the following two weeks when Andrew O’Keefe filled in for Koch, and when Koch returned to host with Natalie Bar, as Armytage took time off, Sunrise recorded a weekly average of 294,000 for the first week of January.

Today’s Karl Stefanovic has been absent from the Channel Nine breakfast show throughout the summer and Lisa Wilkinson hosted the show with Ben Fordham. Wendy Kingston then filled in for Wilkinson with various co-hosts including David Campbell, Richard Wilkins, and Cameron Williams. Today’s strongest weekly average during the summer was 307,000 in the second week of December, and its weakest was 250,000 in the first week of January.

Thursday’s top 15 shows:

  1. Seven News Seven 1,022,000
  2. Nine News 6:30 Nine 997,000
  3. Nine News Nine 973,000
  4. Today Tonight Seven 869,000
  5. A Current Affair Nine 853,000
  6. ABC News ABC1 819,000
  7. Border Security – Australia’s Front Line (Rpt) Seven 737,000
  8. Cricket: T20 Big Bash League Game 19 – Session 1 Ten 673,000
  9. Getaway Nine 650,000
  10. 7.30 Summer Edition ABC1 613,000
  11. QI (Rpt) ABC1 593,000
  12. Ten Eyewitness News Ten 590,000
  13. Hot Seat Nine 563,000
  14. Cricket: T20 Big Bash League Game 19 – Session 2 Ten 547,000
  15. Michael Palin’s Brazil (Rpt) ABC1 532,000

Thursday’s share:

  • Nine 19.2%
  • Seven 16.8%
  • TEN 13.5%
  • ABC1 12.6%
  • SBS ONE 6.1%
  • GO! 5.3%
  • 7TWO 5.0%
  • 7mate 4.4%
  • ELEVEN 3.9%
  • Gem 3.6%
  • ABC2 2.9%
  • ONE 2.5%
  • ABC3 1.5%
  • ABC News 24 1.4%
  • SBS 2 1.3%
  • NITV 0.1%

Data copyright of 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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