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NRL gives Nine ratings edge on quiet night where ABC’s Jack Irish was top non-news show

Jack IrishNine’s new regular Thursday night NRL match has seen a traditionally quiet night for TV audiences get quieter as rivals shy away from putting top programming against it.

In a quiet night in which no program broke the 1m audience mark, the ABC’s Jack Irish was the most-watched non-news program, pulling in 673,000 metro viewers at 8.30pm, up on last week’s audience of 617,000.

Nine won the night thanks to a strong performance by its news hour and a decent showing for its live NRL match in Sydney and Brisbane, grabbing an audience share of 21.7%, ahead of Seven’s share of 17%. The ABC claimed third place with a share of 13.5% as Ten settled for a share of 13.1%.

The NRL clash between North Queensland Cowboys and the Roosters managed 433,000 viewers on Nine, while The AFL Footy Show had 367,000 viewers in the other markets.

Nine News at 6pm was the most-watched program of the evening, grabbing 961,000 metro viewers before dipping to 957,000 from 6.30pm. Seven News at 6pm was watched by 926,000, sliding to 857,000 from 6.30pm.

At 7pm, Seven’s Home and Away was watched by 660,000 and was the most-watched show amongst 16-39 year olds.

On Nine, Thursday night’s NRL game between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Sydney Roosters, was watched by 433,000 from 7.30pm in Sydney and Brisbane.

On Ten, Bondi Rescue, which aired from 7.30pm, had a metro audience of 512,000 while Territory Cops, on at 8pm, grabbed an audience of 515,000.

On the ABC, 7.30 was watched by 683,000 and Hatch, Match & Dispatch (8pm) 508,000.

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