Nine wins first day as bushfires drive viewers towards news coverage

Nine won the first day of the ratings season, although viewers tuning in for information about the Victorian bushfires also drove Seven’s current affairs programming to a strong evening.  

Seven News was the top rating programme of the night, with a 1.9m audience, just 100,000 ahead of Nine News. Seven’s new current affairs show Sunday Night debuted with a strong 1.6m audience.

Seven will be happy enough with the performance of most of its Sunday night lineup, with Border Security, Triple Zero Heroes and City Homicide all rating in the top ten.

But the cricket, which went through to 10pm, helped Nine to a relatively comfortable share win for the day. Nine took 34%; Seven 30.9%; Ten 18.7%; ABC 13.7%; SBS 2.7%.

Ten had a disappointing night, with only So Yout Think You Can Dance making the top ten.

The top ten:

  1. Seven News Seven 1.9m
  2. Nine News Nine 1.9m
  3. Border Security Seven 1.8m
  4. Triple Zero Heroes Seven 1.7m
  5. One Day Cricket – Primetime Nine 1.7m
  6. Sunday Night Seven 1.6m
  7. City Homicide Seven 1.4m
  8. So You Think You Can Dance Ten 1.2m
  9. One Day Cricket – Afternoon Nine 1.1m
  10. ABC News ABC 1.m

Meanwhile, as TV Tonight points out, the TV ratings system is based on scheduled programmes, so the news audience may well be bigger when the final ratings are tallied.


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