TV ratings August 20: No AFL but Seven and The Front Bar win Thursday

• SBS’s latest hit, you guessed it, Scenic Railway Journeys

• No live footy, but Seven still wins Thursday with The Front Bar
• NRL blowout but Nine still #1 in Sydney and Brisbane
• SBS’s latest hit, you guessed it, Scenic Railway Journeys

Seven News 1,091,000/1,054,000
Nine News 969,000/945,000
ABC News 778,000
A Current Affair 739,000
7.30 587,000
The Project 306,000/548,000
10 News 362,000/249,000
The Latest 316,000
Sunrise 257,000
News Breakfast 220,000
Today 217,000
The Drum 199,000
SBS World News 186,000

Thursday TV

Seven: Ninety minutes of Home and Away followed the News with 510,000 watching after three nights over 600,000.
It was a footy-free Thursday again for Seven. Almost. The AFL quota was supplied by The Front Bar with guests Eddie Betts and Kevin Sheedy for the metro audience of 342,000 – 230,000 of them in Melbourne.
The 2019 movie Hidden Figures did 129,000 in Sydney and Brisbane.

 Nine: A Current Affair held above 700,000 on 739,000 after audiences of in the high 700,000s to start the week.
Nine’s NRL Thursday featured the Eels easy victory over Melbourne Storm with 377,000 watching – 203,000 in Sydney and 107,000 in Brisbane.

10: The channel’s best was again an episode of The Bachelor which was on 591,000 after 604,000 on Thursday last week.
The Project was on 548,000 after a week of 550,000+ audiences on its first three nights.
The final of Celebrity Gogglebox USA then did 310,000. 

ABC: The Heights did 204,000 at 8pm. Escape from the City was searching for property on the Central Coast for a young Melbourne couple and helped grow the channel’s audience to 331,000.

SBS: Another wonderful new series for train buffs with The World’s Most Scenic Railway Journeys with Bill Nighy providing the voiceover. The episode featured Norway by rail which turned out to be a fascinating trip from Oslo travelling north to cross the Arctic Circle. The audience of 362,000 pushed the episode well into the top 20.

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