It was Nick Kyrgios’ night as his four set win over Gilles Simon of France saw the audience of Nine’s Australian Open tennis night broadcast jump 50% from Wednesday (739,000) to 1.14 million viewers across the country. That was the biggest audience of the four nights so far of the 2020 open for Nine.

People and the media might whinge, whine and criticise when Kyrgios throws a tanty, but they can’t stop watching him play and when he plays like last night, it is great viewing. Aussies love a winner.

Seven’s Big Bash game last night saw the innings break (648,000) in the Sydney Sixers-Brisbane game out rate the actual play. And for Ten the elimination last night in I’m A Celebrity (932,000) clearly did better than the lead up (864,000).

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In regional markets it was Seven’s 6pm News with 538,000, then Seven News 6.30 with 515,000, The Chase Australia 5.30 pm with 327,000, Australian Open Tennis on Nine with 300,000 and Nine News and Nine News 6.30 tied for fifth spot with 296,000 apiece.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (35.1%)
  2. Seven (24.3%)
  3. Ten (19.4%)
  4. ABC (13.5%)
  5. SBS (7.7%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (27.8%)
  2. Nine (14.3%)
  3. Ten (12.8%)
  4. ABC (7.9%)
  5. SBS ONE (3.9%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO (4.2%)
  2. 10 Bold (4.0%)
  3. 7mate (3.9%)
  4. GO (3.2%)
  5. ABC Kids/Comedy (2.9%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News  — 1.383 million
  2. Seven News 6.30 — 1.308 million 
  3. Australian Open Tennis Day 3, Night (Nine) — 1.142 million
  4. Nine/NBN News 6.30    — 1.106 million
  5. Nine/NBN News  — 1.100 million
  6. I’m A Celebrity – Elimination (Ten) — 932,000
  7. 7pm ABC News — 884,000
  8. I’m A Celebrity  – (Ten) — 864,000
  9. The Chase Australia 5.30pm (Seven) — 819,000
  10. Big Bash: Brisbane v Sydney Sixers Innings Break (Seven) — 648,000

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News —846,000
  2. Nine News 6.30 —810,000
  3. Nine News  — 809,000
  4. Seven News 6.30 — 794,000
  5. 7pm ABC News — 606,000
  6. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 418000
  7. Ten News First — 396,000
  8. 7.30 (ABC) —384,000
  9. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 239,000
  10. SBS World News — 115,000

Morning (National) TV:

  1. Sunrise: National: 464,000, Metro: 266,000 
  2. Today: National: 310,000, Metro: 205,000 
  3. News Breakfast (ABC, ABC News) — 267,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) — 228,000
  5. Today Extra (Nine) —pre-empted by the Today’s tennis coverage
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 99,000

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. BBL: Innings Break (Fox Cricket) — 182,000
  2. BBL: Heat v Sixers (Fox Cricket) — 171,000
  3. BBL: Heat v Sixers (Fox Cricket) — 144,000
  4. BBL: Post Game (Fox Cricket) — 52,000
  5. B4 The Bash (Fox Cricket) — 47,000

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