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AFL helped Seven triumph on Thursday -- the network easily won the night in main channels and total people. But Thursday night is not exactly a glittering prize.

The most watched non-news, non-sport program wasn't even in prime time: it was the 5.30-6pm section of Seven's The Chase Australia, with 909,000 viewers. Not even the AFL -- 781,000 -- could attract more viewers.

Low numbers across the board, it appears. The 717,000 viewership for MasterChef on Ten was not nearly sizeable enough, while on the ABC Foreign Correspondent on deepfakes (with Hamish Macdonald as host) attracted 627,000 viewers, and Q+A straight after, with Macdonald again at the helm, drew only 439,000. Foreign Correspondent had almost as many metro viewers -- 430,000 -- as Q+A had nationally. Not a good look.