The Footy Show kicks goals in pre-grand final specials

With the grand final for both AFL and NRL this weekend, Nine’s The Footy Show was last night’s highest rating program.

The majority of the audience share came from the AFL version of the show, which in Melbourne rated 522,000, in Adelaide 119,000 and in Perth with 97,000, according to preliminary ratings from OzTam.

The NRL version, which screens in NSW and Queensland in the same time slot of 8.30pm, rated 242,000 in Sydney and 128,000 in Brisbane.

The two shows were the top programs across the three key demographics of 16-39, 18-49 and 25-54.

The shows also mark the final episode for the season. The AFL show broadcast live from Rod Laver Arena while the NRL show had both grand final teams appearing.

Also for Nine, Big Brother’s daily show rated 852,000 while Big Brother Confidential rated 827,000, both figures down slightly on last week’s shows.

Nevertheless, the shows were second and third behind The Footy Show in all key advertising demographics, and first in their time slot for the night.

Seven’s The X Factor special One Direction to Superstardom, about the Brit boy band’s rise from winning the singing competition, failed to rate alongside the series’ perfect track record in total viewers. The 7.30pm special rated 691,000 and placed 14th for the night.

The show did a bit better in the demos, placing eighth in 16-39, ninth in 18-49, 11th in 25-54.

Meanwhile the ABC’s Jennifer Byrne Presents: JK Rowling, an interview with the author about life after Harry Potter rated 823,000 to be the second highest rating show for the public broadcaster.

Ten’s highest rating show was Ten News At Five, with 586,000 in 17th position for the night across total viewers.

The double episode of Jamie’s Thirty Minute Meals rated 441,000 and 435,000 in 20th and 21st spots.

In the battle for breakfast Sunrise rated 376,000 in 25th spot while Today was in 29th on 308,000. Ten’s Breakfast rated 39,000.

Nine won the day convincingly with a 26.9% channel share ahead of Seven on 18.8%. ABC1 was third on 13.4% while Ten had 9.6% in fourth place. SBS1 had a 4.1% share in seventh place behind 7TWO in fifth place on 5.6% and Eleven on 4.3% in sixth place.

Thursday’s top 15 shows:
1. The Footy Show – Nine 1.108m
2. Nine News – Nine 1.102m
3. Seven News – Seven 1.068m
4. A Current Affair – Nine 1.023m
5. ABC News – ABC 0.999m
6. Today Tonight – Seven 0.944m
7. Home and Away – Seven 0.854m
8. Big Brother – Nine 0.852m
9. Big Brother – Confidential – Nine 0.827m
10. Jennifer Byrne Presents: JK Rowling – ABC 0.823m
11. 7:30 – ABC 0.810m
12. Rake – ABC 0.764m
13. Criminal Minds – Seven 0.708m
14. Special: One Direction to Superstardom – Seven 0.691m
15. Hot Seat – Nine 0.633m

Tursday’s channel share:
Nine: 26.9%
Seven: 18.8%
ABC1: 13.4%
Ten: 9.6%
7TWO 5.6%
Eleven: 4.3%
SBS1: 4.1%
7mate: 3.4%
GO!: 3.3%
Gem: 3.1%
One: 2.5%
ABC2: 2.4%
ABC News 24: 1.0%
ABC3: 0.9%
SBS2: 0.5%


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