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Seven and Nine sit on 18 weekly wins each as closest ratings battle in years goes to final four weeks

Nine has won its 18th weekly ratings win for the year, taking the yearly ratings battle to a tie with rival network Seven, which has also secured 18 weekly wins this year.

Excluding the summer holidays and Easter, there are 40 weeks to the official ratings year. One measure of the winning network for the year is the first to win 21 weeks. However, Seven and Nine argue that average ratings across the whole year is a more accurate measure.

Last week, Nine also won the ratings week, closing the gap on Seven and taking the score to 17 ratings week wins to Seven’s 18.

Last year, Seven won the 2016 ratings battle as early as August 21.

Seven has won the battle for the “all people” demographic for the last decade, while Nine tends to win in the key commercial demographics including 25-54.

Nine’s success this week saw the channel beat Seven by a difference of just 0.2%.

Nine’s 20.4% overall audience share beat Seven’s 20.2%, ABC’s 13.5%, Ten’s 10.4%,  and SBS’ 5.1% share.

Nine’s The Block winner announcement was the most watched program of the week, winning last Sunday’s ratings battle with 2.461m metro viewers.

The rest of the finale for The Block secured 1.990m metro viewers.

Seven’s premier of its new drama series The Good Doctor was the second most watched show for the week, attracting 1.062m metro viewers on Tuesday night.

Ten’s most watched watched program of the week came in at number 19 for Have You Been Paying Attention, with an audience of 724,000.

Meanwhile Saturday night’s TV ratings saw Seven win the night with an overall audience share of 19.9% compared to Nine’s 15.9%, ABC’s 14.4%, Ten’s 5.5% and SBS’ 5.4% share, according to OzTAM’s overnight metro ratings.

ABC News was the most watched program for Saturday night, securing an audience of 694,000 metro viewers.

The tables below are prepared by Nine based on Oztam data and exclude the non commercial channels:

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