TV Ratings January 17: A big night for Australian Open and I’m A Celebrity…

• Lights out at the Gabba, while AO and I’m A Celebrity deliver

Week 3 2019 – Summer schedule – Thursday

• Australian Open scores again for Nine with late, late show
• Jungle admissions maintain Celebrity early evening lead
• Lights out at the Gabba, but Seven audience waits for result


The Big Bash League audience just touched 450,000 for the first session of the match at the Gabba between Brisbane Heat and the Sydney Sixers. Just after the second innings started the lights went out on one of the Gabba towers forcing a halt in play. The lights were never restored and the match was abandoned. Despite only a handful of overs being bowled, many Seven viewers stayed hoping for the lights to come back on as the second innings audience figures were 401,000. Helping fill in the time was a James Brayshaw-hosted cricket quiz.

Much earlier in the day, Seven was again on top at breakfast, recording its biggest audience of the week and winning in Sydney too:

Breakfast TV Seven v Nine: Week 3


• Sunrise 427k (Metro 266k Regional 161k)
• Today 311k (Metro 197k Regional 115k)
• News Breakfast 173k* (Metro 103k Regional 70k)


• Sunrise 444k (Metro 275k Regional 169k)
• Today 303k (Metro 202k Regional 102k)
• News Breakfast 163k* (Metro 100k Regional 64k)


• Sunrise 425k (Metro 251k Regional 174k)
• Today 342k (Metro 238k Regional 105k)
• News Breakfast 173k* (Metro 103k Regional 70k)


• Sunrise 461k (Metro 289k Regional 173k)
• Today 295k (Metro 206k Regional 90k)
• News Breakfast 161k (Metro 91k Regional 70k)

Doesn’t include ABC News simulcast audience


There was plenty of great tennis on offer last night from 7pm until the wee hours of the morning. The final match of the night didn’t start until close to 12.30am and then finished shortly after 3am!

Nine again enjoyed the biggest primary and combined channel shares, keeping its primary share over 20% for the third successive night and its combined share over 30% for the fourth consecutive night.

See our separate features this week with a deeper dive into the Australian Open TV ratings from the first week of the tournament.

The Thursday tennis audiences were as follows:

• Day 4 evening 619,000
• Day 4 late 349,000
• Day 4 day 269,000

At breakfast, Today had its smallest national audience this week and lost leadership to Sunrise in Sydney.


I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! has now finished first in its timeslot all people and key demos for five successive nights. The Thursday audience was down a little on the previous nights, but it remained close to 700,000. Celebrity actually managed to improve in its timeslot on the corresponding night 12 months ago when 10 was broadcasting a Big Bash League match.

The network is teasing the arrival of an ex-Footy Show host in the jungle next Monday night.

The Project was on 431,000 after 7pm.

The Conners did 284,000 and 200,000 for two episodes later in the night. 

Week one: I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!

• Sunday 1.098m and 1.014m
• Monday: 890,000
• Tuesday: 732,000
• Wednesday: 736,000
• Thursday: 678,000


The recently launched Escape From The City was at Daylesford last night with 427,000.

People living the dream (or sometimes a nightmare) followed with Grand Designs Australia on 365,000.


Vikings was the channel’s best with 139,000.

Earlier in the night World News did 107,000.

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