TV Ratings Australian Open Tennis Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal (Image: AAP/Mast Irham)

Welcome back to TV ratings for 2019. Last night had more tennis on Nine, more cricket on Seven and more Sam Dastyari on Ten’s I’m a Celebrity. It’s doing well — a million-plus audience for last night’s elimination. Solid 300,000 figures in regional markets show a strong interest for a program that’s not really aimed at regional viewers. 

Nine’s tennis won the night easily with 1.28 million nationally. Seven’s Big Bash cricket again lagged well behind with an average of 585,000 — that is less than half of Nine’s audience. In the mornings, Nine’s overhauled Today continues to lag well behind Sunrise — 323,000 to Sunrise’s 434,000. Today’s figures are still around the bottom of the 2018 range, which the program received when Karl Stefanovic was hosting. Any recovery is going to be slow.

In regional areas Seven’s 6pm News led with 478,000, then Seven News/Today Tonight with 438,000, followed by The Australian Open with 328,000, I’m A Celebrity with 313,000 and Nine/NBN 6pm News with 310,000.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (36.7%)
  2. Seven (22.9%)
  3. Ten (20.0%)
  4. ABC (13.1%)
  5. SBS (7.4%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (29.0%)
  2. Seven (14.7%)
  3. Ten (13.7%)
  4. ABC (8.4%)
  5. SBS ONE (4.4%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 10 Bolds (3.8%)
  2. 7TWO (3.1%)
  3. GO, 7mate (2.8%)
  4. Gem (2.7%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.435 million
  2. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.311 million
  3. Australian Open Tennis Night 9 (Nine) — 1.280 million
  4. Nine/NBN News 6.30 — 1.195 million
  5. Nine/NBN News — 1.158 million
  6. Im A Celebrity – Elimination (Ten) — 1.106 million
  7. Im A Celebrity (Ten) — 1.020 million
  8. 7pm ABC News — 935,000
  9. The Chase Australia 5.30pm (Seven) — 853,000
  10. Australian Open Tennis Night 9 Pre-Match (Nine) — 788,000

Top metro programs: None with a million or more viewers, not even the tennis.

Losers: No one really — not with the tennis, the cricket and I’m A Celebrity airing.

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 957,000
  2. Nine News 6.30 — 885,000
  3. Seven News/Today Tonight — 874,000
  4. Nine News— 869,000
  5. 7pm ABC News — 636,000
  6. 7.30 (ABC) — 600,000
  7. Ten Eyewitness News — 422,000
  8. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 421,000
  9. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 229,000
  10. 10. SBS World News — 119,000

Morning (National) TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) — 434,000 (272,000 in the metros)
  2. Today (Nine) — 323,000 (218,000 in the metros)
  3. News Breakfast (ABC, ABC News) — 253,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) — 233,000
  5. Mornings (Nine) — 136,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 91,000

Peter Fray

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