Resurgent Australian cricket team bats on for Nine but undies hero a help for Sunrise

On the penultimate night of the official ratings year a resurgent Australian cricket team delivered a winning innings for Nine with nearly a million metro viewers tuning into the match in Adelaide, but a bloke in his undies was an unwitting winner for Seven.

With the second-ever day/night test still very much an experiment for Cricket Australia, keen to deliver its broadcast partner an even more advertising friendly format, 946,000 viewers tuned into the third session of the second day of the test.

With Australia having already lost the series the audience would have been seen as a victory for Nine as it also helped deliver the network the overall win for the night.


Underpants hero Dan McConnell helped Sunrise win its timeslot.

Underpants hero Dan McConnell helped Sunrise win its timeslot.

After video interviews of a toothless, tattooed local hero who chased a driver fleeing from a car crash in his undies went viral Seven’s Sunrise splashed out a reported $1,000 to lure him on to Friday morning’s show with the show attracting 313,000 viewers compared to Today’s 292,000.

Seven News at 6pm peaked at just over one million viewers, at 1.025m, while Today Tonight at 6.30pm came second with 973,000.

Nine news at 6pm recorded 832,000 viewers ahead of Seven’s best general entertainment offer, Better Homes and Gardens with 741,000 at 7pm.

Other Seven shows in the top 10 included The Chase Australia at 5pm with 505,000 and the movie Love Actually at 8.30pm with 459,000.

Ten’s best performing show was The Living Room at 7.30pm with 465,000, making it the ninth most watched program of the evening.

The Project at 6.30pm attracted 338,000 viewers for Ten while an encore presentation of Have You Been Paying Attention at 9pm drew 311,000.

Nine won the Friday night war for share across the five metro markets with 22.6%, just pipping Seven with 21.7%.

Ten delivered a share of 11.8%, the ABC 7.4% and SBS 4.3%.

SBS’s rebadged Viceland channel captured a 1% share.


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