NRL rugby tv ratings footy
Reagan Campbell-Gillard of the Eels (Image: AAP/Joel Carrett)

The NRL game on Nine (Parramatta whacked Melbourne 14-nil) had 637,000 national viewers on Nine and another 293,000 on Foxtel. The only highlight of what was a very, very weak night. The Bachelor on Ten, 718,000 nationally, lower than the night before’s 847,000, with less competition.

No wonder Netflix, Stan, Amazon, Apple and a starry winter’s night look attractive. It was Seven’s night narrowly from Nine, Ten and the ABC. The Bachelor did well in the demos, but who would admit to be watching free To Air TV on a set last night?

In breakfast Sunrise got 453,000 national and 257,000 metro viewers, ABC News Breakfast had 321,000/212,000, and Today, 311,000/271,000.

In regional markets it was Seven News, 575,000; Seven News 6.30 559,000; The Chase Australia 5.30pm, 384,000; 7pm ABC News, 341,000; Nine/NBN News 6.30 331,000.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (28.5%)
  2. Nine (26.1%)
  3. Ten (18.9%)
  4. ABC (16.4%)
  5. SBS (10.1%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (18.8%)
  2. Nine (18.2%)
  3. Ten (12.0%)
  4. ABC (10.9%)
  5. SBS ONE (6.6%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 10 Bold (4.5%)
  2. 7TWO (3.9%)
  3. 7mate (3.7%)
  4. ABC Kids/Comedy (2.7%)
  5. Gem (2.4%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.666 million
  2. Seven News 6.30 — 1.613 million
  3. Nine/NBN News 6.30 — 1.277 million
  4. Nine/NBN News — 1.262 million
  5. 7pm ABC News — 1.119 million
  6. A Current Affair (Nine)  —- 1.037 million
  7. The Chase Australia 5.30pm (Seven) — 986,000
  8. 7.30 (ABC) — 844,000
  9. Home and Away (Seven) — 826,000
  10. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 740,000

Top metro programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.091 million
  2. Seven News 6.30 — 1.054 million

Losers: Thank god there was a live football game to brighten the desert.

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 1.091 million
  2. Seven News 6.30 — 1.054 million
  3. Nine/NBN News — 969,000
  4. Nine/NBN News 6.30 — 945,000
  5. 7pm ABC News —778,000
  6. ACA (Nine) — 739,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 587,000
  8. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 549,000
  9. Ten News First — 362,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 306,000

Morning (National) TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) — 453,000/257,000
  2. News Breakfast (ABC, ABC News) — 321,000/220,000
  3. Today (Nine) — 311,000/217,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) — 262,000 
  5. Today Extra (Nine) — 166,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 78,000

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. NRL: Parramatta v Melbourne (Fox League) — 293,000
  2. NRL: The Late Show With Matty Johns (Fox League) — 107,000
  3. Aussie Gold Hunters (Discovery) — 81,000
  4. The Bolt Report, Paul Murray Live (Sky News) — 68,000

Peter Fray

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