Test cricket started yesterday, summer is here. The broadcast, bad light, rain delays all combined to make it all a bit confusing for viewers. The final session audience (it finished at 7.16pm) was around 1.2 million (Nine was working out final figures — manually — at the time of publication). But over on Seven The Good Doctor again blitzed the night with more than 1.65 million national viewers and well over a million in the five metro markets. Gogglebox Australia ended its second season of the year with 788,000 nationally last night and 875,000 season average.  The Test running past 7pm boosted Seven News noticeably, especially in the metros where the audiences were up by 100,000 to 150,000 or so on previous Thursdays.

In the regions The Good Doctor topped the night with 582,000 viewers, followed by Seven News with 462,000, Seven News/TT was third with 434,000 and Home and Away was fourth with 432,000 followed by Nine News (the Test cricket averaged around 345,000 in an early estimate, but it will be more).

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (32.8%)
  2. Nine (25.7%)
  3. Ten (18.7%)
  4. ABC (15.6%)
  5. SBS (7.2%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (24.1%)
  2. Nine (18.5%)
  3. Ten (13.0%)
  4. ABC (9.7%)
  5. SBS ONE (5.0%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

    1. 7TWO (3.6%)
    2. ABC 2 (3.5%)
    3. GO, Eleven (3.0%)
    4. 7mate (2.9%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. The Good Doctor (Seven) — 1.654 million
  2. Seven News  — 1.531 million
  3. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.482 million
  4. First Ashes Cricket Test Session 3 (Nine) — 1.2 million*
  5. Nine/NBN News — *
  6. NIne/NBN 6.0 News — *
  7. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.093 million
  8. 7pm ABC News — 1.093 million
  9. RBT Repeat (Nine) — 925,000
  10. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.132 million

*Approximate, ** no accurate figures for Nine News, Nine News 6.30

Top metro programs:

  1. The Good Doctor (Seven) — 1.072 million
  2. Seven News — 1.069 million
  3. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.048 million

Losers: Test was, well test-like. Ten apart from Gogglebox, the ABC after 7.30.

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 1.069 million
  2. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.048 million
  3. Nine News — 876,000 *
  4. Nine News (6.30pm) — 842,000 *
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) — 876,000 *
  6. 7pm ABC News – 678,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 558,000
  8. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 438,000
  9. Ten Eyewitness News — 413,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 274,000

*Preliminary, test cricket broadcast included, ran until 7.16pm.

Morning (National) TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 525,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 368,000
  3. News Breakfast (ABC, 155,000 + 92,000 on News 24) — 247,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) — 191,000
  5. Today Extra (Nine) — 135,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 115,000

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Paul Murray Live (Sky News) — 58,000
  2. A League: Newcastle v Melbourne Victory (Fox Sports) — 55,000
  3. The Simpsons (Fox8) – 51,000
  4. Family Guy (Fox8) — 49,000
  5. Doc McStuffins (Nick Jr) — 46,000

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