Women’s BBL pulls 218,000 metro viewers on quiet Friday night

Despite being the only sport on offer, Friday night’s women’s 7:40pm BBL match between the Sydney Sixers and the Sydney Thunder pulled just 218,000 metro viewers for session one, with the pre game coverage attracting a bigger audience of 230,000. When combined with the regions, those numbers rose to 366,000 and 375,000 respectively. Session two of the Sydney derby played at North Sydney Oval performed worse, with 186,000 metro viewers.

Despite the women’s cricket not performing well for Seven, the network took out the night with 29.6% share, ahead of Nine’s 23.9%. On a channel basis, Seven had 17.5%, while Nine tied with the ABC on 13.7%. The public broadcaster pulled ahead of Ten for network share, 19.7% to 18.1%.

The ABC’s news (522,000 metro), British detective dramas Grantchester (455,000) and Unforgotten (321,000), and Gardening Australia (452,000), cracked the top 15, delivering the strong channel and network result.

In contrast, Ten had just one program in the top 15: The Living Room on 411,000 metro viewers.

The best-viewed show of the night was Seven News on 770,000 metro viewers, followed by its second half on 748,000, which airs as Today Tonight in some states. Nine News had 673,000 and 657,000 for its first and second halves, respectively.

Better Homes and Gardens had 490,000 metro viewers to become the best-performing primetime show. Seven’s The Chase Australia saw 444,000 metro viewers tune in.

Nine’s GO! was the top multi-channel for the night, on 5.7% share.


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