Nine News wins key demos but AFL helps Seven take Thursday

Nation-wide lockdowns continue to drive high viewership of news programming, with the top four programs on Thursday all being news with in excess of a million metro viewers.

Nine News was the top-rating program overall and among the key demos, with 1.149 million metro viewers, ahead of Seven News with 1.132 million. But Seven was the winner on the night as programming including The Chase Australia, Home and Away and the AFL brought in audiences.

Seven had a 32.5% network share on Thursday, ahead of Nine with 27.3%, Ten on 17.1% and ABC on 15.2%. Seven was also the #1 primary channel with a 21.1% share.

Hot Seat on Nine and The Chase Australia on Seven were tied as #1 among non-news programming, with 587,000 metro viewers a piece. MasterChef Australia brought in 583,000 for Ten.

Home And Away had 537,000 metro viewers, while 485,000 tuned in to watch The Gold Coast Suns beat Richmond 77 to 67.

347,000 metro viewers watched Nine’s Thursday Night NRL coverage of the Melbourne Storm thrashing the Sydney Roosters 46 to nil.

The top-rating multi-channel on Thursday night was 7Two with 4.8% share.


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