Cricket Ashes TV ratings Australia England
(Image: AAP/DEAN LEWINS)

Despite Nine’s best efforts to promote last night’s performance by The Block on its second night of this series (1.15 million nationally, down from the return on Sunday of 1.33 million), it was of course the two-session performance of Australia in the first Ashes test from Edgbaston that saw the most interesting figures.

The first session saw the highest audience of the test — 1.05 million nationally — while the second session saw a remarkable 774,000 still watching (the test ended around 12.14am). That saw the share for 9Gem of 17% top that for Nine’s main channel (16.2%) and finish second only to Seven’s main channel with 17.6%. If Australia continues to do well in the next tests then we will see repeats of that.

Seven’s Australia’s Got Talent mustered 1.09 million — slipping? Australian Survivor on Ten had 913,000. In regional areas Seven’s 6pm News averaged 635,000, Seven News/Today Tonight had 589,000, Australia’s Got Talent had 411,000, The Chase Australia 5.30pm with 389,000 and Home and Away with 388,000.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (37.9%)
  2. Seven (24.7%)
  3. Ten (16.8%)
  4. ABC (16.4%)
  5. SBS (5.5%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (17.6%)
  2. Nine(16.2%)
  3. Ten (12.5%)
  4. ABC (11.2%)
  5. SBS ONE (3.6%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 9Gem (17.0%)
  2. GO (3.3%)
  3. 7mate (2.8%)
  4. 10 Bold (2.7%)
  5. 7TWO (2.5%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.666 million
  2. Seven News/TT —  1.574 million
  3. Nine/NBN News  6.30 — 1.304 million
  4. Nine/NBN News   — 1.207 million
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.192 million
  6. The Block (Nine) — 1.152 million
  7. Australia’s Got Talent (Seven) — 1.099 million
  8. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.064 million
  9. The Ashes, Test 1 Day 5, Session 1 (Nine) — 1.059 million
  10. The Chase Australia 5.30pm (Seven) — 989,000

Top metro programs:

  1. Seven News– 1.031 million

Losers: England, heh heh heh…

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News– 1.031 million
  2. Seven News/TT (Seven) — 984,000
  3. Nine News 6.30 — 945,000
  4. Nine News — 892,000
  5. ACA (Nine) — 849,000
  6. 7pm ABC News – 667,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 545,000
  8. Four Corners (ABC) — 513,000
  9. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 511,000
  10. Media Watch (ABC) — 457,000

Morning (National) TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) — 426,000 (Metros: 255,000)
  2. Today (Nine) —310,000 (Metros: 204,000)
  3. ABC News Breakfast (ABC, ABC News) — 245,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) — 206,000
  5. Studio 10 (Ten) — 152,000
  6. Today Extra (Nine) — 82,000

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Credlin (Sky News) — 62,000
  2. AFL: 360 (Fox Footy) — 54,000
  3. The Bolt Report (Sky News) — 53,000
  4. Family Guy (Fox8) — 52,000
  5. Family Guy (Fox8) — 46,000

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