Ten struggles on Tuesday night with The Project securing just 218,000 viewers

Ten placed well behind its commercial free-to-air rivals Nine and Seven as well as the national broadcaster the ABC, with 10.6% audience share last night.

Its flagship news and current affairs program The Project had just 218,000 metro viewers, according to OzTAM’s preliminary overnight ratings, while the second-half hour was the network’s most-watched program, with 396,000.

The Project is currently missing Carrie Bickmore who is on maternity leave 

The Project climbed to 331,000 viewers when the regions were added into the mix, and its second half hour from 7pm climbed to 569,000.

Ten’s prime-time offering – a repeat of the UK version of Ambulance – had 344,000 metro viewers and 521,000 across the nation.

Winning the prime-time battle was Nine’s repeats of The Big Bang Theory – with the three episodes garnering 470,000, 479,000 and 575,000 metro viewers. The Big Bang Theory also won the key advertising demographics of 16-39, 18-49 and 25-54.

Seven screened the US version of Little Big Shots, which pulled just 340,000 metro viewers (547,000 nationally). Border Patrol at 7pm had 327,000 (504,000).

In sport, day five of the second test between Australia and India had 427,000 metro viewers for session one, while the post-game coverage had 385,000.

In the news battle, Nine won the day, with 867,000 in the metro markets, compared to Seven’s 835,000.

Nationally, however, Seven News took out the win, with 1.221m, compared to Nine News’ 1.139m.

ABC’s news at 7pm was the network’s most-watched program, with 674,000 metro viewers and 981,000 nationally. Its current affairs program, 7.30 beat most of the ABC’s commercial rivals programming at 7:30pm, with 552,000 in the cities and 822,000 across the country.

The ABC therefore finished with a higher audience share for the night than Ten, with 12.6%. Seven’s primary channel had 15.4%, while Nine won the night with 22.2%.

The most-watched multi-channel was 9Go with 3.7% – thanks again to The Big Bang Theory – however ABC Kids/ ABC Comedy dominated the most-watched shows on the multi-channels with the likes of Peppa Pig and Shaun The Sheep.

Neighbours on 10 Peach had 126,000.

On a network basis – including the performance of the multi-channels, Nine Network held onto the win, with 31.2%, with Seven Network in second on 25.3%. ABC Network maintained its third position with 17.7%, while Ten was stuck in fourth on 16.5%.

SBS’ primary channel had 5.8% and SBS Network finished on 9.4%.


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