Week 4 2019 – Summer schedule – Thursday
• Nadal victory at Australian Open helps Nine keep top spot
• Day-night Test against Sir Lanka lifts Seven to week high
FTA early evening TV news
• Seven News 923,000 and 807,000 (No Perth at 6.30pm)
• Nine News 814,000 and 793,000
• ABC News 621,000
• 10 News First 425,000
• SBS World News 122,000
• Breakfast TV
• Sunrise 255,000
• Today 194,000
• ABC News Breakfast 112,000
Day one of the first Test against Sri Lanka was not only good news for the Australian cricket team, but also the FTA broadcaster.
Seven’s primary share lifted to a week high of 20.9% – the previous best was Wednesday’s 15.5%.
The average metro audiences for the three Test sessions were as follows:
• Session 1: 301,000
• Session 2: 439,000
• Session 3: 596,000
After the cricket, Seven viewers got more cricket –a Big Bash League game for the West. Session numbers for the Sydney Thunder v Perth Scorchers clash were:
• Session 1: 490,000
• Session 2: 271,000
The channel faced its toughest competition so far this week as primary share was on 23.9%, still better than Wednesday though when the marquee match wrapped early. Last night Rafael Nadal became the first player through to the men’s open final on Sunday with his semifinal win. The average audience for Nine’s evening session was 831,000.
See separate features at mediaweek.com.au this week with a deeper dive into the Australian Open TV ratings from both weeks of the tournament.
I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! managed to average around 700,000 again despite primetime Test cricket and the Australian Open. The big question now is how many of the viewers who have invested their time over the first fortnight in the program will stay loyal when offered with MKR and MAFS next week.
Escape From The City did 337,000 after 8pm.
Grand Designs Australia was then on 297,000.
A repeat of Secrets Of The Manor House was the channel’s best on 154,000.
Later in the evening Vikings did 133,000.