TV Ratings February 18: Nine wins the night after Novak masterclass

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• Gogglebox Australia returns with over 500,000

• Backroads in Coober Pedy was #1 entertainment show

Primetime News
Seven News 942,000 (6:00 pm)/899,000 (6:30 pm)
Nine News 773,000 (6:00 pm)/764,000 (6:30 pm)
ABC News 698,000
10 News First 358,000 (5:00 pm)/211,000 (6:30 pm)
SBS World News 180,000 (6:30)/ 142,000 (7:00 pm)

Daily current affairs
7.30 576,000
The Project 280,000 (6:30 pm)/442,000 (7:00 pm)
The Drum 171,000

Breakfast TV
Sunrise 252,000
Today 209,000
News Breakfast 208,000

Nine won its 11th day in a row with a 19.4% primary share and a 27.3% network share as the Australian Open continues to deliver for the broadcaster.

The Open’s night session had an average of 562,000 and 391,000 and Novak Djokovic was centre stage defeating qualifier Aslan Karatsev in the semi-final to go through to his ninth Australian Open final. The match averaged a metro audience of 588,000. The Open was also #1 in the 16-39 and the 18-9 demographics.

Seven aired its Thursday night Home and Away triple threat with an average of 459,000 across the three episodes. This was followed by the second episode of the new Wife Swap Australia with 306,000, which was down on the 346,000 from last week.

Last night’s episode of Wife Swap Australia featured a lenient mum of unruly quadruplets and a no-nonsense mum of two highly-disciplined kids.

7Two was the top multichannel last night thanks to Father Brown and Murdoch Mysteries.

On 10 Gogglebox Australia returned for its new season as the Goggleboxers sank into the couch and got stuck into a new year of shows. The 13th season premiere on 10 had 502,000 and was #1 in the 25-54 demographic, after having 183,000 the night before on Foxtel’s Lifestyle. The show’s 2020 premiere on 10 had 685,000.

The Project had 280,000 and 442,000 with the episode focusing on how the battle between Facebook and the Federal Government changed peoples feeds and took crucial health pages offline. The project also had Gretel Killeen to talk all about her new book My Daughter’s Wedding.

In the 7:30 pm slot last night 10 aired a repeat of Ambulance Australia which brought in 303,000 viewers. 

On the ABC Back Roads was the top entertainment show with 520,000 which was up on last weeks 454,000. The episode featured guest host Poh Ling Yeow who explored a remote outpost connected by their love of opal in Coober Pedy in South Australia.

Q+A had 280,000 which was down on last weeks 294,000 as the program has continued to fail to crack 300,000 since moving from its regular Monday slot to Thursdays in 2021.

SBS’s top-rated non-news programs were Cornwall with Simon Reeve (125,000) and The Truth about Cosmetic Treatments (123,000).

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