• Return of Eddie McGuire pays immediate dividend for AFL Footy Show
• Nine extends week 32 winning streak to five consecutive nights
• The Bachelor records biggest Thursday crowd, #1 in Thursday key demos
The AFL tonight will help lift Seven’s share after another challenging week. The channel matched Nine in combined share early in the week before slipping behind.
Seven’s primary channel share was close to Nine on Sunday, but since then it has been well off the pace.
Home and Away finished its week on 687,000.
Make You Laugh Out Loud did 530,000 after 7.30pm.
All Round To Mrs Brown’s then did 366,000 at different times across the metro markets.
The Front Bar did 231,000 in AFL markets with 180,000 in Melbourne.
AFL Footy Show fever extended to A Current Affair with Martin King interviewing Eddie and Sam and also Rebecca Maddern. The Thursday ACA did 789,000, still enough to win the timeslot, but well below the rest of the week.
NRL markets got the Thursday game between South and Bulldogs with 366,000 watching – 232,000 in Sydney and 135,000 in Brisbane.
Other states saw the AFL Footy Show which was also streamed live in 9Now nationally. The TV audience was 529,000 with 381,000 in Melbourne.
The Project was again just short of 600,000 with Julie Bishop one of the guests.
The Bachelor did 764,000 – its best Thursday in three weeks and its second best audience after the launch episode. The show was again a hit in key demos and it ranked #1 for the night 16-39, 18-49 and 25-54.
Common Sense slipped from 328,000 to 287,000 week-on-week as it battled live NRL in Sydney and the footy shows wars in Melbourne.
Week two of Shorts Cuts To Glory featured Matt Okine with Neil Perry with 332,000 watching after the series launched with 355,000.
Another good episode of Pulse lifted the audience to 437,000, up from 399,000 a week ago.
The 9.30pm slot featured the debut of UK crime factual series Catching A Killer with 279,000 watching.
Michael Portillo travelled from York to Saltaire on Great British Railway Journeys with 348,000 watching.
Work on Matthew Evans‘ new home and restaurant continued on Gourmet Farmer with 299,000 after it launched with 320,000. Gourmet Farmer only trailed the ABC 8pm food offering by 33,000.
The repeat of Why Are We Getting Fat? then did 237,000 with Versailles at 9.30pm on 107,000.