First Test’s surprise early ending: TV ratings Saturday December 19, 2020

First Test: Seven wanted 5 nights of primetime cricket, it got just 2

The much-anticipated First Test between Australia and India has ended early after a horrendous day which saw India bowled out for its lowest Test score ever. While the result was good news for the Australian cricket team, it was not welcomed by some fans which were hoping for a five-day competitive battle between the two cricketing giants.
It was certainly bad news for the cricket broadcast rights holders – both TV and radio. In particular Seven and Fox Cricket who were hoping for five nights of Test Cricket in primetime from Adelaide. Instead, they only got two – Thursday and Friday evenings – after the match wrapped before the dinner break on day 3.
There will be some compensation with Cricket Australia moving the Sunday Big Bash League T20 match between the Sixers and the Strikers from a morning start before what would have been Day 4 of the Test, to the evening with a 7.15pm start.

TV ratings Saturday FTA metro shares

ABC 15.1% (21.8%)
Seven 14.2% (26.1%)
Nine 15.8% (28.3%)
10 6.1% (14.7%)
SBS 5.5% (9.1%)

Saturday Top 20 metro all people

1SEVEN NEWS – SATChannel 7797,000
2NINE NEWS SATURDAYChannel 9688,000
3ABC NEWS-SAABC631,000
4SEVEN’S CRICKET: FIRST TEST – AUSTRALIA V INDIA D3 LUNCHChannel 7615,000
5SEVEN’S CRICKET: FIRST TEST – AUSTRALIA V INDIA D3 S2Channel 7587,000
6SEVEN’S CRICKET: FIRST TEST – AUSTRALIA V INDIA D3 S1Channel 7531,000
7A CURRENT AFFAIR -SATChannel 9515,000
8MIDSOMER MURDERS RPTABC431,000
9ENDEAVOUR RPTABC317,000
10WEEKEND SUNRISE – SATChannel 7267,000
11SEVEN’S CRICKET: FIRST TEST – AUSTRALIA V INDIA D3 S2 MULTI7mate265,000
12RBTChannel 9250,000
1310 NEWS FIRST SATChannel 10249,000
14LIVE: COME IN SPINNERFOX CRICKET231,000
15SEVEN’S CRICKET: FIRST TEST – AUSTRALIA V INDIA D3 PRE GAMEChannel 7230,000
16DR SEUSS’ THE GRINCHChannel 9223,000
17WEEKEND TODAY – SATURDAY – LATEChannel 9221,000
18WEEKEND SUNRISE – SAT – LATEChannel 7213,000
19SEVEN’S CRICKET: BIG BASH LEAGUE – HOB V MELB REN S27mate, Channel 7207,000
20WEEKEND SUNRISE – SAT – EARLYChannel 7206,000

 

Saturday Sports

Cricket: Australia v India
First Test Day 3

Seven/Prime
Session 1: 831,000 (Metro 531,000 Regional 300,000)
Session 2: 894,000 (Metro 587,000 Regional 307,000)

Fox Cricket
Session 1: 312,000
Session 2: 305,000

Cricket: Big Bash League
Hobart Hurricanes v Melbourne Renegades

Seven/7mate
Session 1: 120,000
Session 2: 207,000

Fox Cricket
Session 1: 70,000
Session 2: 91,000

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