Ratings: AFL lifts Seven to strong Thursday win

Thursday Night AFL was a winner for Seven last night, helping the network to its best Thursday result since April almost 10 points clear of its rivals.

Overall, Seven took 32.3% of the nightly audience well clear of Nine with 23.1% and Ten’s 20.2%. ABC’s share slipped to 16.7% while SBS improved last night to 7.6%.

In the news battleground, Seven News at 6pm was the night’s number one program with 1,018,000 dropping to 901,000 by 6.30pm. Home and Away drew an audience of 650,000 in the four markets where it was broadcast while the AFL game shown in two cities managed 467,000. World’s Most Extreme with 372,000 and The Big Bang Theory (222,000, 189,000 and 155,000) were shown elsewhere. In the afternoon, The Chase had 717,000 and 442,000.

Nine News attracted 1,016,000 at 6pm with 926,000 still watching at 6.30pm while A Current Affair improved to 856,000 at 7pm to win its timeslot. RBT managed 607,000 at 7.30pm but by 8.30 only 344,000 were left watching the movie Ghost. 560,000 fans tuned in at 5.30 for Hot Seat.

MasterChef’s Thursday elimination episode had the largest share of the 7.30 audience with 952,000 with the season final of The Shark Tank that followed averaging 579,000. Earlier, The Project rated 586,000 and 473,000 across its hour after Family Feud had 551,000 and Ten Eyewitness News 545,000. The late inclusion of an Offspring encore in place of an advertised Law and Order attracted just 153,000.

Top ten entries for ABC were ABC News (832,000) and 7.30 (635,000). Two ABC dramas concluded their seasons last night with Rake the better performer averaging 559,000 while Cleverman bowed out to just 232,000. A repeat episode of QI also in the line-up had 431,000.

World’s Best Diet (256,000) and Poh and Co. (205,000) topped SBS’s night with Tour de France next best on 174,000.

Early risers favoured Sunrise yesterday with 333,000 tuning in to Seven’s breakfast show while over on Nine, Today dropped to 289,000.

See [Thursday 7 July 2016] (Thursday 7 July 2016) for a more detailed look at the ratings numbers in the Media Spy forums.

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