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Struggle Street beats Seven’s AACTA Awards on Wednesday night

The seventh annual AACTA Awards failed to prove a hit for Seven last night, pulling in just 309,000 metro viewers in its 8.30 time slot, according to OzTam’s overnight ratings.

The awards, which saw nine-year-old Lion star Sunny Pawar take the award for best lead actor, were down on last year’s 416,000 viewers.

The awards were narrowly beaten by SBS’ Struggle Street, which achieved 317,000 viewers; both of which were eclipsed by ABC’s Rosehaven, which pulled in 451,000 metro viewers.

Earlier on in the day, the Ashes Second Test’s first and only session of the day pulled in 624,000 metro viewers before England lost to Australia – with 206,000 viewers from Melbourne and 175,000 from Sydney.

The OzTam ratings system does not include out of home measurement, including those watching in offices and hotels.

The match was also the most-watched program across the 16-39 demographic.

Seven News was the most watched program of the night, achieving 933,000 metro viewers and topping the 25-54 demographics. Nine and the ABC’s news programs were also their most popular shows, achieving 769,000 and 694,000 respectively.

Home and Away, which aired right after Seven News, was the most-watched entertainment program of the night with 627,000 metro viewers.

Outside of sport, The Chase Australia was the second most-watched entertainment show of the night after it pulled in 553,000 viewers for Seven.

Seven narrowly won overall with a 18.7% audience share, closely followed by Nine’s 16.9%.

ABC achieved a 11.3% share, Ten 8.9% and SBS 7.1%.

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