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

Ten’s Australian Survivor averaged 844,000 last night, but the real survivor started around 1.30am and lasted to 4.30am — Australia surviving to keep its one win lead in the Ashes test series against England.

The way the Australians struggled to survive without Steve Smith was great TV and made a mockery of the faux survivalist stuff on Ten. The delayed first session saw 647,000 tune in; 743,000 watched the lunch session. Session two was watched by 354,000 and around 184,000 watched play up to the 2am cut-off for ratings. The test audience, along with a very solid 1.51 million for The Block, gave Nine the night.

In the regions it was the usual line up — Seven’s News with 522,000, Australia’s Got Talent with 428,000, The Block with 391,000, Nine/NBN News with 384,000 and Sunday Night with 294,000.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (39.2%)
  2. Seven (27.6%)
  3. Ten (15.6%)
  4. ABC (12.0%)
  5. SBS (5.0%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (22.4%)
  2. Seven (19.83%)
  3. Ten (10.8%)
  4. ABC (8.8%)
  5. SBS ONE (3.1%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. Gem (11.0%)
  2. GO (3.8%)
  3. 7mate (3.3%)
  4. 10 Bold (3.2%)
  5. 7TWO (2.7%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.609 million
  2. The Block (Nine) — 1.511 million
  3. Nine/NBN News — 1.419 million
  4. Australia’s Got Talent (Seven) — 1.293 million
  5. 7pm ABC News — 933,000
  6. Sunday Night (Seven) — 910,000
  7. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 889,000
  8. Australian Survivor (Ten) — 844,000
  9. Second Ashes Test, Day 5, Lunch (Nine) — 743,000
  10. Second Ashes Test, Day 5, Session 1 (Nine) — 647,000

Top metro programs:

  1. The Block (Nine) — 1.120 million
  2. Seven News — 1.086 million
  3. Nine News — 1.034 million

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 1.086 million
  2. Nine News — 1.034 million
  3. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 651,00
  4. 7pm ABC News — 630,000
  5. Sunday Night (Seven) — 616,000
  6. The Sunday Project 7pm (Ten) — 380,000
  7. 10 News First — 254,000
  8. The Sunday Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 237,000
  9. SBS World News — 129,000

Morning (National) TV:

  1. Insiders (ABC, ABC News) — 487,000
  2. Landline (ABC) —433,000
  3. Weekend Sunrise (Seven) — 400,000
  4. Weekend Today (Nine) —290,000
  5. Offsiders (ABC, ABC News) — 240,000
  6. Sports Sunday (Nine) — 189,000

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. AFL: West Coast v Richmond (Fox Footy) — 274,000
  2. NRL: Cronulla v St George (Fox League) —231,000
  3. NRL: Easts v Auckland (Fox League) —175,000
  4. AFL: Hawthorn v Gold Coast (Fox Footy) — 135,000
  5. AFL: Sunday Footy on Fox (Fox Footy) — 134,000

Peter Fray

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