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Seven has easy Saturday night win as ABC beats Ten

Seven won the ratings battle on Saturday with a 20.7% audience share, ahead of Nine’s 16.6%.

ABC placed third overall, thanks to a 14.2% share and SBS and Ten tied with 6.0% each, according to OzTAM’s overnight preliminary metro ratings.

The ABC had the most programs in the top 10 with ABC News in third (731,000 metro viewers), Father Brown in fourth (710,000), The Good Karma Hospital in fifth (796,000) and Gardening Australia in seventh (406,000) – but Seven had the most-watched program of the evening, with Seven News pulling 858,000 metro viewers.

Nine News was second with 780,000 viewers. Back to the Future on Nine was in sixth (406,000) and the pre-match program of Seven’s AFL – which screened on the main channel in Melbourne and Adelaide – was eighth (356,000). The match itself had 342,000 across the two cities, placing it in ninth for the evening, and the top 10 was rounded out by Nine’s Getaway, which had 340,000.

The weekend breakfast battle was close – with Weekend Today on Nine pulling 263,000 metro viewers, putting it in 16th position. Weekend Sunrise on Seven was just behind it in 17th with 260,000 metro viewers. Weekend Today won in Sydney and Melbourne, while Sunrise won across the other metro markets.

Weekend Sunrise on Seven: In a close race with Weekend Today

The late edition of Sunrise was in 15th (263,000), ahead of Today’s later segments in 20th (226,000).

Once regional figures were added into the mix – including broadcasts on affiliate statons – the ABC did even better, with five shows in the top 10. Weekend Sunrise also benefitted from the inclusion of regional figures, climbing from 17th across the metro markets, to 10th across the nation thanks to a national audience of 477,000.

Seven News still topped the national ladder with an audience of 1.276m, but ABC News climbed to second with 1.162m. ABC’s Father Brown was in third (1.080m) and The Good Karma Hospital climed to fourth (942,000).

Nine News slipped to fifth nationally (791,000). The ABC’s Gardening Australia slightly climbed to sixth (670,000). The ABC appeared again with a repeat of Agatha Raisin nabbing seventh position (540,000).

Back to the Future, which was sixth across the metro markets, came in at eighth nationally (539,000), and Getaway jumped to ninth (499,000).

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