Ratings: Big Cricket beats Fast Tennis, Back Roads a winner for ABC

The return of Fast4 Tennis failed to grab the attention of TV watchers last night; easily beaten by Ten’s Big Bash Cricket and ABC’s Back Roads that continued to do well.

Fast4 debuted on Nine last year to a metro audience of 704,000 for the first game but quickly lost viewers with just 399,000 for game two. Seven’s version last night managed 518,000, placing it fourth for its time slot with the network again pushed into third place.

It was Ten’s night with a network share of 26.9%, pipping Nine with 26.1%, Seven on 22.5%, ABC with 18.8% and SBS on 5.7%.

For the 27th Big Bash game, session two had a metro audience of 904,000 on Ten and One in Perth after 868,000 watched session one with the post-game coverage on 381,000. Earlier, The Project surged to 683,000 and 480,000 after Ten Eyewitness News had 518,000 and Family Feud 493,000.

Over on Nine, Nine News (1,025,000 and 996,000) led the way but A Current Affair slipped to 784,000 while To Catch a Smuggler also lost viewers to 595,000. Earlier, Hot Seat improved to 508,000 with The Italian Job later grabbing an audience of 463,000 and CSI on 274,000.

Seven’s night got off to a good start with Seven News (1,061,000 and 997,000) the preferred news bulletin of the night. Border Security was down to 703,000 with Fast 4 Tennis rating lower than last week’s Big Bang geeks plus a rom-com movie from 2004. The Chase Australia had 592,000 and 400,000 in the afternoon.

ABC News (845,000) and 7.30 (795,000) grew their audience as Back Roads also lifted to 824,000. However, later New Tricks slipped to 613,000 and Exile had 321,000 with Pointless on 240,000.

Trawlermen: The Catch (163,000) was SBS’s best result.

At breakfast, Sunrise (302,000) was ahead of Today (285,000). Later some afternoon results included The Bold and The Beautiful on 371,000, The Chase UK (222,000) Judge Judy (209,000), Nine News Now (188,000) and Good Chef Bad Chef with 179,000.

See Monday 11 January 2016 for a more detailed look at the ratings numbers in the Media Spy forums.

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