England Cricketer Ben Stokes (Image: AAP/Dave Hunt)

While Nine won total people and the main channels because of the hours and hours of cricket — much of it rotten so far as Australian viewers were concerned — Ten did a lot better in the demos with its younger skewing non-sports programming. The first day of the fifth Ashes Test did well with 994,000 national viewers from 8-10pm (and 417,000 from 10.40pm to 12.40am). Ten’s The Bachelor had 1.04 million from 7.30pm and Gogglebox Australia was watched by 899,000 from 9pm onwards. Seven was left right out, where The Front Bar had 486,000 nationally.

Last night was just a warm up for the next three days of sport, sport, sport — it’s a case of too few hours in a day and the need for sleep clashing. There’s NRL and AFL finals tonight, tomorrow and Sunday. There’s the semi-finals of the world basketball titles tonight and if Australia wins tonight, it’s the first ever final on Sunday. There’s the second, third and fourth days of the final Ashes test, and there’s the grand final of the netball on Sunday.

In regional areas last night Seven’s 6pm news led with 537,000, with Seven News/TT on 497,000, The Chase Australia 5.30pm with 371,000, Home And Away with 360,000 and Nine/NBN News 6.30 with 318,000.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (30.6%)
  2. Seven (26.0%)
  3. Ten (23.3%)
  4. ABC (14.5%)
  5. SBS (5.6%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (23.1%)
  2. Ten (17.8%)
  3. Ten (16.4%)
  4. ABC (10.3%)
  5. SBS ONE (3.1%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 10 Bold (3.9%)
  2. 7TWO (3.4%)
  3. 7mate, Gem (3.2%)
  4. ABC Kids/Comedy (2.6%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.446 million
  2. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.362 million
  3. Nine/NBN News 6.30 — 1.132 million
  4. Nine/NBN News — 1.086 million
  5. The Bachelor (Ten) — 1.044 million
  6. Cricket: 5th Ashes Test, Day 2, Session 1 (Nine) — 994,000
  7. A Current Affair (Nine) — 937,000
  8. Home And Away (Seven) —920,000
  9. Gogglebox Australia (Ten) — 899,000
  10. 7pm ABC News — 887,000

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 909,000
  2. Seven News/Today Tonight — 865,00
  3. Nine News 6.30 — 814,000
  4. Nine News — 809,000
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) – 650,000
  6. 7pm ABC News – 579,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 514,000
  8. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 460,000
  9. Ten Eyewitness News — 349,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 258,000

Morning (National) TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) National: 458,000, Metro 271,000
  2. Today (Nine) — National: 307,000, Metro: 200,000
  3. News Breakfast (ABC, ABC News) — 241,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) — 196,000
  5. Mornings (Nine) — 164,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 71,000

Top five pay TV programs: N/A

  1. AFL: 360 (Fox Footy) — 89,000
  2. NRL: The Late Show With Matty Johns (Fox League) — 51,000
  3. Credlin (Sky News ) — 44,000
  4. NRL: 360 (Fox League), The Bolt Report (Sky News) — 41,000

Peter Fray

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