Nine wins fragmented night on back of the NRL, while Catalyst top non-news show

Thursday night saw audiences down across the board but Nine won the night on the back of its footy coverage, as the competition for the NRL comes to the pointy end of the season.

Different programming schedules in each state made for a fragmented leader board with the ABC’s Catalyst actually coming in as the highest non-news related program of the night with 842,000 viewers, for a special looking at could our food be making people sick.

In the 7.30 slot 629,000 tuned in to Nine in Sydney and Brisbane to watch South Sydney Rabbitohs take on the Brisbane Broncos, while in the other states an episode of The Block drew 525,000. On Ten The Bachelor drew 639,000 viewers while on Seven there was an hour of Home and Away drawing 802,000 viewers followed by 587,000 at 8pm for a documentary on Hercules the Human Grizzly Bear.

In the 8.30pm slot the AFL version of The Footy Show on Nine in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth drew 701,000 viewers while on Seven comedy movie Ted drew just 308,000.

Nine News at 6pm was the top show of the night with 1.065m tuning while Seven had 1.01m for its bulletin. This fell to 990,000 for Nine and 953,000 for Seven in the second half of the bulletins. Ten’s strategy to simulcast Family Feud on its main channel, One and Eleven delivered a combined audience of 550,000 viewers.

Nine had the largest audience share 25.2 per cent on its main channel while Seven had 17.5 per cent. The ABC had 13 per cent on the back of the performance of Catalyst and Ten had 12.2 per cent.

Top 15 shows
1 NINE NEWS Network 9 1,065,000
2 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 1,001,000
3 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 990,000
4 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 953,000
5 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 865,000
6 ABC NEWS UPDATE Network ABC1 859,000
7 CATALYST  Network ABC1 842,000
8 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 802,000
9 ABC NEWS  Network ABC1 718,000
10 THE FOOTY SHOW Network 9 701,000
11 7.30 Network ABC1 699,000
13 THE TIME OF OUR LIVES Network ABC1 638,000
14 THURSDAY NIGHT NRL LIVE Network 9 629,000
15 HOT SEAT Network 9 589,000

Audience share
Network 9 25.2%
Network 7 17.5%
Network ABC1 13.0%
Network TEN 12.2%
Network 7TWO 5.6%
Network SBS ONE 4.6%
Network GO! 4.2%
Network 7mate 3.2%
Network ELEVEN 3.0%
Network ABC2 2.7%
Network Gem 2.5%
Network ONE 2.5%
Network SBS 2 1.5%
Network ABC3 0.9%
Network ABC News 24 1.1%
Network NITV 0.3%

Total Audience Share
Network 9 TTL 31.9%
Network 7 TTL 26.3%
Network TEN TTL 17.7%
Network ABC TTL 17.7%
Network SBS TTL 6.4%

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