Photo finish for TV ratings week after AFL delivers Seven strong Thursday night

Boasting rights as the week’s most watched TV channel will go to the final night of the ratings week with Seven and Nine locked on equal prime time audience shares for the week so far of 22.6% each.

Good ratings for Seven’s AFL coverage last night helped the network close the gap on Nine, which got off to a strong start to the ratings week thanks to Married At First Sight.

Last night saw an average of 378,000 Melbourne viewers tune in to Seven to watch the AFL clash between Melbourne and Essendon, making it the city’s most watched program of the night. A further 107,000 tuned in in Adelaide, and 67,000 in Perth.

Meanwhile, Nine’s NRL derby game between Penrith Panthers and Wests Tigers rated 252,000 in Sydney and 133,000 in Brisbane.

Across the country, Seven News at 6pm was the most watched program of the evening including 840,000 metro viewers, rising to 1.274m viewers nationally once regional viewing is included.

The 6.30pm segment of Nine News was Nine’s best performer, rating 795,000 in the five capital cities and 1.049m nationally.

Ten’s only show in the top 13 was The Living Room, which was 13th with 348,000 metro viewers and 503,000 nationally.

In the breakfast battle, Sunrise’s winning margin over Nine’s Today was in six figures in the metro markets, averaging 294,000 to 188,000. ABC’s News Breakfast was 99,000.

Thursday’s most watched program in the key advertising demographic of 25-54 was Seven’s AFL game.

Seven’s primary channel audience share for the evening was 24.4%, ahead of Nine’s 18.4% and Ten’s 11.4%. ABC pulled in 9.6% and SBS 4.4%.

In network share across the secondary channels too, Seven pulled in 36%, ahead of Nine’s 24.9% and Ten’s 17.4%. ABC was fourth with 14.7%,



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