Seven narrowly wins Friday night in absence of major sporting events

A Friday night without any big television draw cards gave Seven News the win overall, with just 875,000 metro viewers. With the addition of the regions, the program’s audience climbed to 1.335m.

Last Friday night, the NRL preliminary final between the Canberra Raiders and the South Sydney Rabbitohs gave Nine the win, with 770,000 metro viewers tuning in.

Seven News regularly wins the Friday night ratings battle

The NRL grand final between the Raiders and the Sydney Roosters will air on Nine this Sunday night.

With the absence of sport last night, the most-watched entertainment program across the five metro markets was Seven’s game show, The Chase Australia. It had a metro audience of 528,000. In the regions it had 298,000, taking its combined total audience to 826,000.

Seven also secured the most-popular entertainment offering in the regions, with Better Homes and Gardens attracting 307,000. Combined with its metro audience of 512,000, it had a total audience of 819,000.

Seven’s metro share for the night was 18.4%, ahead of Nine’s 17.9%.

Nine’s most-popular program was the second half hour of Nine News, on air at 6:30pm, with a metro audience of 782,000. Its regional audience of 231,000 took it to a combined total of 1.013m. Its first half hour, up against the chart-topping Seven News, had 747,000 in the cities, 222,000 in the regions and 969,000 in total.

Nine News does, however, have the lead in Sydney (253,000 to 182,000), while it’s neck and neck in Melbourne (240,000 for Nine and 243,000 for Seven). The determining factors are Brisbane, where Seven led 166,000 to 131,000, Adelaide (107,000 to 48,000), and Perth, where Seven commands a lead of over 100,000 (178,000 to 75,000).

Nine’s most-popular entertainment offering in the cities was RBT on 405,000. Its regional audience (145,000) took it to 549,000.

Not far behind was its game show offering Hot Seat, with a metro audience of 402,000. Its slightly larger regional audience of 148,000 took it to a total of 550,000.

In third place for the evening was the ABC on a 10.5% share. ABC News had a metro audience of 565,000 (804,000 total), while Gardening Australia had 436,000 (667,000).

Not far behind was Ten, on 10.3%.

The Living Room was Ten’s most-popular offering with 376,000 in the metro markets and 170,000 in the regions (546,000 total).

Its earlier news offering of 10 News First had 317,000 (455,000 total).

SBS had a 4.8% share for the evening.

7Mate was the most-watched multi-channel with a 5.7% share, helping Seven Network to a 31.2% share, ahead of Nine Network’s 28.2%. ABC’s channels had a total of 15.9%, remaining just ahead of Network Ten’s 15.4%. SBS totalled 9.3%.

With one night to go in this ratings week, Nine remains just ahead on a primary channel basis, with a 20.2% progressive share, ahead of Seven’s 19.3%. ABC and Ten are tied on 12.0%.

In the networks, it’s neck and neck, with Seven on 28.9%, and Nine just behind on 28.5%.


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