The numbers were all with Nine again yesterday as two crowd favourites exited the Australian Open on a big Thursday of tennis. Ash Barty was unable to make it to primetime yesterday as she faced off against Sofia Kenin, going down in two sets. The 2pm match had an audience of 797,000.
In the evening the first of the men’s semi-finals saw Novak Djokovic power past Roger Federer despite a strong start from Federer. The metro audience was 1.182m.
Semi-final Thursday delivered Nine great numbers year-on-year with total people up 20% and 25-54 up 31%.
Seven’s first final in the Big Bash League delivered disappointing ratings. It was probably never going to get close to the tennis, but the audience hovered around 300,000 for both innings as Sydney Thunder got close to 200, a score Hobart Hurricanes never looked like getting as wickets fell early.
Earlier in the night Home and Away was on 564,000 after hitting 600,000 earlier in the week.
10 managed its third successive night of 13% primary shares thanks to a big week of eliminations. It’s still January and there is just one episode left this season. Cosentino made it to the penultimate episode, but he failed to pull a rabbit out of the hat as Sunday’s Grand Finale will now see Dale Thomas, Rhonda Burchmore and Miguel Maestre competing to be named King or Queen of The Jungle.
Celebrity started with an audience of 704,000 and grew to 779,000 as Cosentino left the jungle stage.
Earlier in the night The Project was close to 500,000 with Waleed in London and Frank Woodley getting to deliver a long plug for his new comedy show.
Doctor Who was the best for the ABC on 230,000 after News and 7.30.
Two series wrapped on SBS last night – at 7.30pm Australia with Julia Bradbury ended on 135,000 with a trip across Victoria. At 8pm the last episode of Luke Nguyen’s Railway Vietnam ended in Sa Pa with 123,000 watching.