Ratings
Blues v Tigers (Image: AAP/Julian Smith)

Seven’s night as the 2019 AFL main season kicked off with a big win by Richmond over Carlton. The Tigers pull viewers — 993,000 nationally last night, up from 663,000 for the first game in 2018. A further 263,000 watched on Foxtel, down from the 278,000 who watched a year ago on Fox Footy. Last night’s NRL game on Nine and Foxtel between St George and Souths pulled 693,000 nationally for Nine (776,000 a year ago for the Melbourne – North Queensland game) and 230,000 on Fox League. 

Ten was helped by Gogglebox (803,000 nationally) and the 35 minute interview on The Project between Waleed Aly and Prime Minister Morrison from 6.30pm. It averaged 564,000 viewers and boosted Ten’s 6.30pm audience 93%. Viewers hung around when The 7pm part of The Project started and it averaged 634,000. 

In regional markets It was Seven’s 6pm News with 472,000, Seven News/Today Tonight on 447,000, The Chase Australia 5.30 pm, 314,000, 7pm ABC News, 281,000 and Nine/NBN News 6.30 with 270,000.

Network channel share:

Seven (36.8%)
Nine (24.3%)
Ten (19.2%)
ABC (13.2%)
SBS (6.4%)

Network main channels:

Seven (25.2%)
Nine (17.7%)
Ten (12.9%)
ABC (9.1%)
SBS ONE (4.1%)

Top 5 digital channels:

7TWO (4.0%)
7mate (3.9%)
10 Bold (3.8%)
GO (3.0%)
10 Peach (2.5%)

Top 10 national programs:

Seven News — 1.35 million
Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.11 million 
Nine/NBN News 6.30 — 1.04 million
Nine/NBN News — 1.02 million
AFL Game 1 (Seven) — 968,000
7pm ABC News — 883,000
Gogglebox (Ten) — 803,000
The Chase Australia 5.30pm (Seven) — 795,000
7.30 (ABC), NRL (Nine) — 693,000

Metro news and current affairs:

Seven News — 887,000
Nine News — 775,000
Nine News 6.30 — 773,000
Seven News/Today Tonight — 742,000
7pm ABC News — 602,000
7.30 (ABC) — 468,000
The Project 7pm (Ten) — 434,000
10 News First — 352,000
SBS World News — 104,000

Morning (National) TV:

Sunrise (Seven) — 440,000 (Metros: 280,000)
Today (Nine) — 285,000 (Metros: 192,000)
News Breakfast (ABC, ABC News) — 235,000
The Morning Show (Seven) — 179,000
Today Extra (Nine) — 1142,000
Studio 10 (Ten) — 97,000

Top five pay TV programs:

AFL: Carlton v Richmond (Fox Footy) — 263,000
NRL: St George v Souths (FoxLeague) — 230,000
AFL: Thursday Night Footy On Fox (Fox Footy) — 146,000
The Late Show With Matty Johns (Fox League) — 84,000
Selling Houses Australia (LifeStyle) — 68,000

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