Ratings the front bar
The Front Bar (Image: Channel 7)

Thursday night would have been simply dreadful but for The Front Bar (TFB) on Seven and the second episode of the 2019 series of Australian Survivor. The 577,000 national viewers for TFB came mostly from the AFL markets, including 269,000 in Melbourne. TFB ended 2000 viewers in front of Nine’s NRL game (575,000) between Cronulla and North Queensland. A further 191,000 watched the low-scoring game on Foxtel.

Australian Survivor averaged 876,000 — down from the solid start on Wednesday, understandable given viewing levels slide Thursday night. It was Seven’s night thanks mostly to Seven News and Home and Away and TFB. In regional markets it was Seven’s 6pm News, 549,000, Seven News/TT on 506,000, The Chase Australia 5.30pm on 343,000, Home and Away, 320,000, Nine/NBN News 6.30, 298,000

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (30.4%)
  2. Nine (24.2%)
  3. Ten (19.7%)
  4. ABC (14.7%)
  5. SBS (10.4%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (19.2%)
  2. Nine (17.5%)
  3. Ten (13.9%)
  4. ABC (9.5%)
  5. SBS ONE (7.2%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO (4.8%)
  2. 10 Bold (3.7%)
  3. 7mate (3.6%)
  4. ABC Kids/Comedy (2.6%), GO (2.8%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.525 million
  2. Seven News/TT —  1.422 million
  3. Nine/NBN News  — 1.199 million
  4. Nine/NBN News  6.30 — 1.179 million
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) — 966,000
  6. The Chase Australia 5.30pm (Seven) — 904,000
  7. Home and Away (Seven) — 889,000
  8. 7pm ABC News (ABC)  — 891,000
  9. Australian Survivor (Ten) — 876,000
  10. 7.30 (ABC) — 766,000

Top metro programs: none with a million or more viewers

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News— 976,000
  2. Seven News/TT (Seven) — 916,000
  3. Nine News    — 909,000
  4. Nine News 6.30 — 881,000
  5. ACA (Nine) — 691,000
  6. 7pm ABC News — 611,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 513,000
  8. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 497,000
  9. 10 News First  — 411,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 305,000

Morning (National) TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) — 459,000 (Metros: 268,000)
  2. Today (Nine) —313,000 (Metros: 206,000)
  3. ABC News Breakfast (ABC, ABC News) —243,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) — 209,000
  5. Today Extra (Nine) — 136,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 74,000

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. NRL: Cronulla v North Qld (Fox League) — 191,000
  2. Aussie Gold Hunters (Discovery) — 113000
  3. NRL: The Late Show With Matty Johns (Fox League) —66,000
  4. AFL: 360 (Fox Footy ) — 57,000
  5. NRL: Thursday Night League (Fox League) —51,000

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