The Big Bash returned for another season and it was a good start for Ten with the network number one in the ratings, scoring its biggest audience since the Bachelorette final.
In the game where Sydney Thunder defeated Sydney Sixers on the last ball, Session One averaged 786,000 metro viewers across Ten and One with Session Two rating 819,000 and the Post Game coverage 365,000. Ten’s network share of 29.6% was the highest ever for the opening game of the Big Bash League. Nine was second with 25.7% pushing Seven to third with 21.8% and ABC fourth on 14.7% and SBS with 8.2%.
Also on Ten, The Project had 461,000 and 316,000 with Family Feud on 291,000 and Ten Eyewitness News with 423,000. A late night Bull repeat later had 217,000.
Meanwhile, Nine News (898,000 and 872,000) and A Current Affair (702,000) made the top ten for Nine. Next best for the network were two episodes of The Big Bang Theory that just made the top twenty with 405,000 and 389,000. Later, the movie Meet the Parents managed 264,000.
Seven News (883,000 and 841,000) delivered Seven’s best result. Border Patrol took over the 7pm spot landing in fourth place with 488,000. A second episode at 7.30 did better with 559,000 followed by Air Rescue with 463,000. Later, Criminal Minds had 377,000 and The Grand Tour 218,000.
ABC News (641,000) and 7.30 (454,000) were ABC’s only top twenty entries. Screen Time with 316,000 ranked 23rd, The Book Club had 297,000 and Plumpton High Babies Ten Years On had 236,000.
Princess Diana’s Wicked Stepmother (346,000) and Queen Victoria’s Children (261,000) gave SBS its best results.
Seven’s afternoon results included The Chase Australia (528,000 and 349,000) Seven News at 4 (250,000) and Seven News at 4.30 (272,000) as well as the midday movie Finding Father Christmas with 170,000. For Nine, Hot Seat had 408,000 and 242,000 and Nine’s Afternoon News had 181,000.
Sunrise (274,000) was ahead of Today (261,000) at breakfast.
See Tuesday 19 December 2017 for a more detailed look at the ratings numbers in the Media Spy forums.
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