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Seven’s Commonwealth Games coverage delivers big audiences as official ratings period returns

Seven’s Commonwealth Games coverage delivered strong audiences on Sunday night, weighing down its commercial rivals Ten and Nine.

Last night marked the return of OzTAM’s official ratings period, which coincided with one of Seven’s strongest Sundays of the year. Across the network, 1.247m metro viewers tuned in to the night coverage, while 1.246m watched The Commonwealth Games in the evening.

The Commonwealth Games was also popular among the multi channels, but the most-watched program was the AFL match between the Western Bulldogs and Essendon on 7mate. It posted an average audience of 256,000.

Meanwhile on Ten at 7:30pm, Bachelor in Paradise appeared to be impacted by the Games, dipping by more than 100,000 viewers from last week to 611,000 metro viewers. It did manage to win the 16-39 key ad demographic with 270,000 viewers, but in the 18-49s and 25-54s, Commonwealth Games dominated.

Bachelor in Paradise was Ten’s best-performing show of the evening by far, with The Sunday Project 7pm capturing a metro audience of 358,000, just head of the 6:30pm edition, with 246,000 metro viewers.

Both shows were beaten by Nine’s 60 Minutes, which featured an investigation on live sheep exporting. Commencing at 7pm, the show pulled in 630,000.

ABC’s Grand Designs had 547,000 tuning in at 7:40pm.

The 6pm news battle saw Seven nab another win, with 1.152m watching the coverage. That result put Seven ahead of Nine News’ 1.013m.

ABC News Sunday achieved a metro audience of 627,000.

Seven won Sunday night with a 31.4% share, more than 15 percentage points ahead of Nine, which managed a 14.9% share. It was a close battle between the ABC and Ten last night, with shares of 9.8% and 10.1%. Meanwhile, SBS’ main channel share was 5.7%.

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