Ratings: Big Bash 40% up on last year as Ten wins Thursday

Game 22 of the Big Bash League had a Thursday night audience more than 40% higher than the 2014-15 season average, helping to see Ten win its second night of 2016.

With Big Bash games averaging 28% more than last season, Session 2 from last night scored 930,000 fans on Ten and ONE in Perth securing Ten a 27.1% audience share. Nine was second with 25.0% with Seven on 22.0%, ABC with 17.6% and SBS with 8.3%.

Session 1 of the Sydney Thunder vs Perth Scorchers game averaged 781,000 as Perth viewers embraced the local team while the post-game program had 381,000. The Project (417,000 and 365,000), Family Feud (471,000) and Ten Eyewitness News (450,000) also made the top 20 for Ten.

Over on Nine, the rain-interrupted third test ended with Session 3 numbers of 420,000, 425,000 for Session 2 and 326,000 for session 1. Nine’s best result was Nine News 6.30 with 921,000 after an audience of 883,000 tuned in for the 6pm segment. A Current Affair was next best with 787,000 with Great Getaways later on 493,000, World’s Most Expensive Food with 380,000 and Truth About Fat with 251,000.

Seven News (969,000 and 903,000) led for Seven with Make You Laugh Out Loud next best with 577,000. The afternoon’s The Chase had 576,000 and 433,000 with Air Rescue on 505,000 and The Big Bang Theory grabbing 517,000 and 434,000. Later, The Goldbergs had 286,000 and 217,000 across two episodes.

Meanwhile ABC News (771,000) and 7.30 (678,000) made the top ten programs for ABC with New Tricks (566,000) and QI (511,000) next best. A repeat of the 2015 Pub Quiz managed 279,000 with Pointless on 230,000 and Grand Designs with 205,000.

Best for SBS was Food Safari Fire with 226,000 while the Liverpool Legends v Australian Legends grabbed 106,000 viewers nationally on Fox Sports 4.

At breakfast, Sunrise with 305,000 just pipped Today’s 301,000.

See Thursday 7 January 2016 for a more detailed look at the ratings numbers in the Media Spy forums.

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