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Nine might have won the night with MAFS (1.45 million), up by 32,000 or so from the previous Tuesday, but the story of the night was yet another massive lift in audiences for the news and current affairs programs from 5pm to 8pm.

Last night an extra 1.86 million people watched those three hours in total compared with a week earlier, again illustrating how old fashioned TV news has it all over any other form of broadcasting when it comes to live events and breaking news.

All programs were winners to varying degrees because they all dragged in thousands of extra viewers from breakfast to 10 pm. The networks saw figures they thought would not be repeated for news and current affairs programming. It was a similar story on pay TV with Sky News' Paul Murray’s audience jumping by around 66,000, up to 133,000.