Nine wins the day, while ‘shit’ Cougar Town sees ratings dip

Nine and its digital channel Go took the ratings lead on Thursday, while Seven’s new US show Cougar Town suffered a dip in only its second episode.  

In other results Nine’s breakfast show Today and afternoon quiz show Hot Seat for the third time this week beat its Seven rivals, Sunrise and Deal or No Deal respectively.

Cougar Town, the show now famously referred to by Seven boss David Leckie as “shit” attracted almost 1.1 million viewers, according to preliminary overnight OzTam data. This was below the 1.35 million for the first episode. However, it was the most watched show among 16-39s and 18-49 year olds. Seven also took the top three spots in the most watched list, led by Seven News, Today Tonight and Cougar Town.

In the 7:30pm time slot, Ten proved to be the strongest with The Biggest Loser and So You Think You Can Dance at 8pm rating ahead of Seven’s new hour-long comedy game show The White Room and Nine’s Getaway.

Meanwhile, Nine’s coverage of day five of the Vancouver Winter Olympics at 9:30pm attracted 848,000 viewers.

Thursday’s channel share:

  • Nine: 26.5%
  • Seven: 23.9%
  • Ten: 21.4%
  • ABC1: 12.9%
  • SBS1: 4.3%
  • GO!: 4.0%
  • 7TWO 3.0%
  • ABC2: 1.5%
  • One: 1.4%
  • ABC3: 0.6%
  • SBS2: 0.5%

Thursday’s top rating shows:

  1. Seven News Seven 1.2m
  2. Today Tonight Seven 1.15m
  3. Cougar Town Seven 1.1m
  4. Nine News Nine 1m
  5. A Current Affair Nine 958,000
  6. Home and Away Seven 943,000
  7. So You Think You Can Dance Ten 914,000
  8. Law and Order: SVU Ten 902,000
  9. How I Met Your Mother Seven 890,000
  10. 20 to 1 Nine 887,000
  11. Two and a Half Men Nine 885,000
  12. ABC News ABC 872,000
  13. Olympic Winter Games: Vancouver Gold Nine 848,000
  14. The Biggest Loser Ten 838,000
  15. Getaway Nine 833,000

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