Q&A ABC
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It was Seven’s night with the clean-up of the finals of the BBL (763,000 viewers). The rain-interrupted match in Canberra was enough to give Seven the lead in total people and in the main channels. Nine and Ten didn’t really put up a fight.

The ABC, however, started a new look Thursday line-up with Q+A moving to 8.30pm instead of 9.35pm on Mondays. They moved the popular Back Roads to 8pm from Mondays at the same time, but that didn’t help with viewer turn-off. Back Roads averaged a solid 755,000 national viewers and tied for ninth spot nationally. Q+A averaged 435,000 and 22nd nationally. That’s a nasty drop of 320,000: a thumbs down from the ABC’s core audience.

In the breakfast slot, it was another weak morning for Nine’s Today (279,000 nationally, and 189,000 in the metros). That ranked a distant third behind Seven’s Sunrise and the ABC’s News Breakfast. It isn’t as weak as a year ago, but still not great.

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Network channel share

  1. Seven (31.7%)
  2. Nine (21.9%)
  3. ABC (17.7%)
  4. Ten (17.6%)
  5. SBS (11.1%)

Network main channels

  1. Seven (21.0%)
  2. Nine (15.3%)
  3. ABC (12.1%)
  4. Ten (10.2%)
  5. SBS ONE (6.1%)

Top five digital channels

  1. 7mate (5.1%)
  2. 7TWO (4.0%)
  3. 10 Bold (3.7%)
  4. 10 Peach (3.0%)
  5. SBS Viceland (2.9%)

Top 10 national programs

  1. Seven News — 1.419 million
  2. Seven News 6.30 — 1.377 million
  3. Nine News 6.30— 1.089 million
  4. Nine News — 1.062 million
  5. 7pm ABC News — 961,000
  6. A Current Affair (Nine) — 851,000
  7. BBL Challenge, Session 1 (Seven) — 814,000
  8. 7.30 (ABC) — 769,000
  9. Back Roads (ABC) — 755,000

Metro news and current affairs

  1. Seven News — 917,000
  2. Seven News 6.30 —870,000
  3. Nine News 853,000
  4. Nine News 6.30 — 813,000
  5. 7pm ABC News —654,000
  6. ACA (Nine) — 592,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 485,000
  8. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 371,000
  9. Ten News First —322,000
  10. The Project 6.30 (Ten) — 231,000

Morning (national) TV

  1. Sunrise (Seven) — 474,000/292,000
  2. News Breakfast (ABC) — 317,000/214,000
  3. Today (Nine) — 279,000/187,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) — 236,000
  5. Today Extra (Nine) — 154,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 50,000

Top five pay TV programs

  1. Cricket: BBL Challenge (Fox Cricket) — 279,000
  2. Cricket: BBL Between the Innings (Fox Cricket) — 227,000
  3. Cricket: BBL Challenge (Fox Cricket) — 224,000
  4. Cricket: BBL Post Game (Fox Cricket) — 101,000
  5. Cricket: B4 The Bash (Fox Cricket) — 94,000

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