budget ashes ratings

The first day of the 4th test and the spoils were squared — England and Australia played well, but the weather in the shape of rain, winds and fleeting haze dominated. 884,000 watched the first session on Nine’s Gem, but the rain delay straight after lunch saw viewers off to bed and the second session audience tumbled to 237,000.

And that was the night. The other channels toiled — The Block on Nine’s main channel grabbed 1.05 million viewers, and The Bachelor on Ten 897,000. Nine’s 6 to 6.30pm News was beaten badly by Seven’s 6 to 6.30pm News — 1.52 million nationally for Seven News to 1.11 million for Nine News.

Celebrity Chase on Seven had 838,000 viewers, Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell pulled in 756,000. Seven’s The Front Bar (475,000 with 208,000 in Melbourne) was also on last night (with the first AFL final to be played tonight and on 7mate in Sydney and Brisbane and 7’s main channel elsewhere).

In the regions it was Seven’s 6pm News with 580,000, Seven News/Today Tonight with 562,000, Home and Away with 397,000, The Chase Australia 5.30pm with 374,000 and Celebrity Chase with 327,000.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (33.8%)
  2. Seven (24.9%)
  3. Ten (20.4%)
  4. ABC (14.6%)
  5. SBS (6.3%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (16.9%)
  2. Seven (16.5%)
  3. Ten (13.9%)
  4. ABC (10.3%)
  5. SBS ONE (4.2%)

Top 5 digital channels:

  1. Gem (13.1%)
  2. 10 Bold (4.2%)
  3. 7TWO (2.9%)
  4. 7mate (2.7%)
  5. ABC Kids/Comedy, 10 Peach (2.3%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.52 million
  2. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.43 million
  3. Nine/NBN News 6.30 — 1.22 million
  4. Nine/NBN News — 1.11 million
  5. The Block (Nine) — 1.05 million
  6. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.04 million
  7. Home And Away (Seven) — 1.00 million
  8. The Chase Australia 5.30pm (Seven) — 924,000
  9. The Bachelor (Ten) — 897,000
  10. 7pm ABC News — 892,000

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 944,000
  2. Seven News/Today Tonight (Seven) —875,000
  3. Nine News 6.30— 9863000
  4. Nine News — 840,000
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) — 728,000
  6. 7pm ABC News — 592,000
  7. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 497,000
  8. 7.30 (ABC) — 461,000
  9. 10 News First — 360,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 296,000

Morning (National) TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) — 456,000 (Metros: 265,000)
  2. Today (Nine) —300,000 (Metros: 203,000)
  3. ABC News Breakfast (ABC, ABC News) —275,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) —171,000
  5. Today Extra (Nine) —141,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) —87,000

Peter Fray

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