Seven News wins most watched program of night ahead of Big Bash clash

Not a single program hit 900,000 viewers in OzTAM’s preliminary overnight ratings, on a quiet summer Thursday, with Seven news dominating the night ahead of Ten’s Big Bash battle.

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Seven News had an audience of 886,000 viewers at 6:00pm and 820,000 viewers at 6:30pm, while channel Nine’s News programs attracted audiences of 792,000 and 777,000, respectively.

Ten’s Big Bash League clash between the Melbourne Renegades and the Sydney Thunder was the most watched non-news program of the night, with 800,000 viewers tuning in to session two and 761,000 viewers watching session one.

The program which saw Renegades star Dwayne Bravo lose his bat and Melbourne beat Sydney by almost 50 runs, was the most watched show across the key advertising demographics (16-39, 18-49, 25-54).

In the same time slot, Nine’s Greatest Getaways managed 499,000 viewers ahead of Seven’s Highway Cops, which had an audience of 484,000.

The ABC’s most watched program was the Christmas special of Would I Lie To You? which captured an audience of 434,000.

The Christmas special of Grantchester, which aired at 8:30pm on the ABC had an audience of 422,000, beating Nine’s World Best Commercials’ 379,000 viewers.

In the audience shares, Ten won for the third consecutive evening at 19.9%. Nine had a share of 15.5% just ahead of Seven’s 15.2%, the ABC had a share of 12.1% and SBS 3.7.%.


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