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Final ratings for the men’s Wimbledon final and the World Cup final won’t be available until tomorrow because both ran past the 2am cutoff for ratings, but the early part of Wimbledon averaged 432,000 while the NZ innings (the first session) of the Cricket World Cup final averaged 485,000. Just to give that a tiny bit of context, Insiders from 9am to 10am on the ABC averaged 531,000.

The combination of Australian Ninja Warrior (1.27 million nationally, down from the week before) and the first session of the cricket saw Nine win total people — but in the main channels (the real area of battle), Seven won from Nine.

In the regions it was Seven News with 575,000, Nine/NBN News with 455,000, House Rules with 396,000, Australian Ninja Warrior with 376,000, then 7pm ABC News with 316,000.

And there was one little figure from Friday night that told an interesting story. Gardening Australia is the ABC’s flagship program covering all things flowers, plants, veggies, fertiliser, fruits etc. It rates OK — half a million or so national viewers most Fridays at 7.30pm to 8.30pm. But last Friday night Gardening Australia beat the NRL game on Nine — 544,000 to the 509,000 who watched Canterbury beat Newcastle. 

Network channel share:
Nine (33.8%)
Seven (29.6%)
Ten (16.0%)
ABC (14.1%)
SBS (6.5%)

Network main channels:
Seven (24.7%)
Nine (20.7%)
Ten (10.6%)
ABC (10.0%)
SBS ONE (4.5%)

Top 5 digital channels:
Gem (9.4%)
7mate (3.4%)
10 Bold (3.3%)
7TWO (2.7%)
ABC Kids/Comedy (2.6%)

Top 10 national programs:
Seven News — 1.68 million
Nine/NBN News — 1.42 million
The Voice — Grand Final (Nine) — 1.27 million
House Rules (Seven) — 1.18 million
7pm ABC News — 945,000
60 Minutes (Nine) — 813,000
Masterchef Australia (Ten) — 797,000
The Planets (ABC) — 735,000
Harrow (ABC) — 7090,000
Sunday Night (Seven) — 702,000

Top metro programs:
Seven News — 1.11 million
Nine News — 1.03 million

Metro news and current affairs:
Seven News — 1.11 million
Nine News — 1.03 million
7pm ABC News — 628,000
60 Minutes (Nine) — 571,00
Sunday Night (Seven) — 434,000
The Sunday Project 7pm (Ten) — 431,000
10 News First — 259,000
The Sunday Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 234,000
SBS World News — 126,000

Morning (National) TV:
Insiders (ABC, ABC News) — 531,000
Landline (ABC) — 403,000
Weekend Sunrise (Seven) — 387,000
Offsiders (ABC, ABC News) — 275,000
Weekend Today (Nine) —266,000
Sports Sunday (Nine) — 178,000

Top five pay TV programs:
NRL: Wests v Parramatta (Fox League) —276,000
Cricket: World Cup Final — Session 1 (Fox Cricket) — 225,000
NRL: St George v Canberra (Fox League) —212,000
NRL: Easts v North Queensland (Fox League) —175,000
Cricket: World Cup Final — Innings Break (Fox Cricket) — 164,000

Peter Fray

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