Seven’s The Front Bar gets highest audience ever in absence of the AFL Footy Show

Seven’s AFL-focused panel show The Front Bar has climbed to its highest metro audience since launching in 2015, with 464,000 tuning in across the five capital cities, according to OzTAM’s preliminary overnight ratings for last night.

The Front Bar’s highest audience was in Melbourne, where 281,000 tuned in. The last episode of Nine’s AFL Footy Show before it was axed last week had just 97,000 metro viewers overall, 53,000 of whom were from Melbourne.

The Front Bar had a big night on Seven

With the addition of regional figures, last night’s episode of The Front Bar had 612,000 – up from last week’s high of 606,000.

No AFL matches went to air last night, however the NRL did screen over on Nine.

The match between the Melbourne Storm and Sydney-based Wests Tigers played on Nine’s primary channel in Sydney and Brisbane, and on multi-channel 9Gem in the other capital cities. It had 371,000 metro viewers – 217,000 in Sydney, 123,000 in Brisbane, 18,000 in Melbourne, 9,000 in Perth, and just 5,000 in Adelaide. With the addition of 234,000 regional viewers, the NRL match had 605,000 overall.

In the non-NRL cities, Nine screened a repeat of Paramedics to 184,000 metro viewers, and RBT to 233,000.

Ten’s prime-time offering of Masterchef topped the time slot, with 636,000 metro viewers and 861,000 in total across the country.  Masterchef also topped the key advertising demographics of 16 to 39s, 18 to 49s and 25 to 54s.

Nationally, however, the most-watched entertainment program was Seven’s Home and Away, which had 627,000 in the cities, but 955,000 all up. Seven’s game show The Chase also benefited greatly from the addition of regional figures, with 537,000 in the five capital cities, and a total of 906,000 nationally.

Seven was also triumphant in the news battle, with 941,000 metro viewers compared to Nine’s 903,000. Nationally, the difference only grew, with 1.504m for Seven and 1.189m for Nine.

In breakfast too, Seven was on top – 258,000 metro viewers for Sunrise, and 185,000 for Nine’s Today. Sunrise had 440,000 nationally, while Today climbed to 282,000.

Overall Seven won the night with a 19.4% audience share for its primary channel, and 30.2% for the network. 7Two was the most-watched multi-channel with a share of 4.2%.

In the key battleground of 25-54, Nine’s metro share for the night was 24.4%, ahead of Seven’s 17.5% and Ten’s 17.1.

Nine’s primary channel had 18.0%, and the network finished on 24.5%. Ten placed third with 12.9%, and 18.6% for the network. The ABC had 11.8% and 18.2%, while SBS had 6.4% and 8.4%.


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