The Chase tops entertainment TV ratings on Thursday night

Seven’s early evening game show The Chase was the most-watched entertainment program on Thursday evening ahead of the Easter long weekend.

The show, which first aired in 2015 and screens at 5pm, had 485,000 metro viewers, according to OzTAM’s preliminary overnight ratings, making it more popular than later prime-time offerings including Ten’s Bachelor in Paradise (406,000), and the AFL and NRL clashes.

The Chase was the most-watched non-news program last night

Seven’s AFL screened on its primary channel in Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide, and on 7Mate in Sydney and Perth at 7pm AEST. The match – between the Brisbane Lions and the Collingwood Magpies, had a metro audience of 478,000. With the addition of regional figures, the match’s total climbed to 659,000.

By comparison, Nine’s NRL clash between two Sydney-based teams – the Cronulla Sharks and the Penrith Panthers – had 349,000 metro viewers – 211,000 of whom were from Sydney. An additional 221,000 in the regions brought the match’s total viewing number to 570,000. The match was on Nine’s primary channel in Sydney and Brisbane.

Later on, Ten’s Gogglebox had 406,000 metro viewers (550,000 in total), making it Ten’s most-watch show for the night.

Overall, news programming dominated the night. Seven News topped the charts with 871,000 in the cities, and 1.369m combined.

Its competitor, Nine News, won in Sydney and Melbourne, but came up short overall, with 815,000 metro viewers, and 1.098 total.

Seven definitively won in Perth, with 117,000 viewers, compared to Nine’s 49,000.

ABC News had 527,000 metro viewers, and 827,000 in total.

In the breakfast battle, Seven’s Sunrise won in all cities, with a metro total of 287,000, compared to Today’s 193,000. Sunrise’s dominance outside of the cities (183,000 compared to 88,000), made the gap even bigger, with its total of 464,000 far surpassing Today’s 280,000.

Seven’s primary channel won the night, with a 19.8% audience share, ahead of Nine’s 17.5%, Ten’s 13.2%, ABC’s 9.8%, and SBS’ 5.6%.

The rankings remained the same on a network level – including the multi-channels – with Seven Network topping the charts (32.3%), ahead of Nine (24.5%), Ten (19.5%), ABC (15.3%), and SBS (8.4%).

7Two was the most-watched multi-channel with 4.6%.

Seven is on track to win the ratings week thus far, with a progressive share from Sunday to Thursday of 20.1%, ahead of Nine’s 17.2%.


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