NSW bushfires dominate Thursday’s TV viewing

The NSW bushfires drove the ratings for network news programs on Thursday with Nine News winning the night.

Both Seven and Nine extended their evening news coverage to one hour in Sydney with Nine moving A Current Affair back 30 minutes and Seven scrapping Today Tonight from the Sydney schedule.

The first half hour long news program had 417,000 viewers in Sydney while Seven’s hour long news special had 323,000 in the city, preliminary overnight metro ratings from OzTam show.

A special Nine News report on only in Sydney was the second most watched program in the city with 381,000 viewers at 10.30pm.

Seven News had 1.079m total viewers across the five city metro followed by ABC News rated 953,000.

Leo Burnett CEO Todd Sampson’s Redesign My Brain largely held onto its audience for the second episode on ABC1 with 764,000  viewers making it ninth for the night.

However this week the show was beaten by Nine’s Big Brother, which had 796,000 in a later time slot of 7.30pm. Big Brother was also the top rating show in people 25-54.

Channel Ten’s new program with chef Jamie Oliver, Jamie and Jimmy’s Food Fight Club, featured actress Gwyneth Paltrow as a guest for the first episode and rated 528,000 making it 16th in all programs and tenth in 25-54s.

Seven’s second outing of Beauty and the Geek lost viewers from last week with a total metro audience of 638,000 ranking 14th for the night and third in people 25-54.

The network morning programs were in a tight race yesterday with Seven’s Sunrise taking 352,000 viewers just above Nine’s Today program which had 335,000.

Nine won the night with 19.4 per cent of the audience but Seven was just behind with 19 per cent.

Thursday’s top 15 shows:

  1. Nine News Nine 1,125,000
  2. Seven News Seven 1,079,000
  3. ABC News ABC1 953,000
  4. Today Tonight Seven 951,000
  5. A Current Affair Nine 929,000
  6. Home and Away Seven 856,000
  7. 7.30 ABC1 810,000
  8. Big Brother Nine 796,000
  9. Redesign My Brain with Todd Sampson ABC1 764,000
  10. Law and Order: SVU Ten 719,000
  11. ABC News Update ABC1 718,000
  12. Catalyst ABC1 653,000
  13. Ten Eyewitness News Ten 644,000
  14. Beauty and the Geek Australia Seven 638,000
  15. How I Met Your Mother Seven 637,000

Thursday’s share:

  • Nine 19.4%
  • Seven 19.0%
  • ABC1 15.0%
  • Ten 12.3%
  • GO! 5.8%
  • SBS ONE 5.1%
  • Gem 3.7%
  • ABC2 3.6%
  • 7TWO 3.3%
  • 7mate 3.3%
  • ELEVEN 3.4%
  • ABC News 24 2.5%
  • One 1.7%
  • ABC3 1.0%
  • SBS 2 0.6%
  • NITV 0.2%

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Megan Reynolds


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