Ratings: Brisbane’s first pink-ball test helps Nine to Thursday night ratings win

Nine won last night’s TV ratings thanks to the pink cricket ball that helped make yesterday’s day-night First Test in the Australia v Pakistan series possible.

Nine scored 30.5% of the prime time audience with Session Three of the test attracting 955,000 metro viewers. Session Two earlier had 644,000 while Session One managed 461,000. Nine’s coding also gave 601,000 to a post match wrap of the day’s play and 229,000 to the pre-match introduction.

Nine’s biggest share came in Melbourne with 36% while Seven that ranked second nationally with 28.3% won Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth markets. Next best was Ten on 18.8%, ABC with 16.7% and SBS with 5.6%. Nine won the three key younger audience demographic groups.

Also on Nine, corrected time results show Nine News with 814,000 and Nine News 6.30 (two markets) with 561,000 with the late movie The Last Samurai managing 245,000. Survivor on 9Go! had 66,000 and 93,000 for the evening transmission of the Season 33 final. The live broadcast telecast earlier in the day averaged 55,000.

Meanwhile, Seven News (1,048,000 and 998,000) filled the top two rankings on Thursday with Home and Away that followed on 627,000. The afternoon’s The Chase Australia was next best with 498,000 after rating 293,000 at 5pm. The network’s post 7.30 line up included Border Security (424,000), Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares (352,000) and The Big Bang Theory (251,000, 250,000 and 222,000).

Over on Ten, The Project (417,000 and 257,000), Ten Eyewitness News (397,000) and Family Feud (349,000) ranked best for the network. Later, David Attenborough’s Fabulous Frogs averaged 335,000 before Law and Order scored 324,000 and 309,000.

ABC News (664,000) and 7.30 (509,000) were best for ABC with Doctor Foster on 466,000 and Would I Lie to You? with 434,000. Outside the top twenty Kevin McCloud’s Man Made Home saw 223,000 tune in, QI with 209,000 and The Drum rating 114,000.

Destination Flavour Down Under (148,000) and Peter Kuruvita’s Coastal Kitchen (124,000) were SBS’s best.

At breakfast Sunrise has its thirteenth straight win with 324,000 ahead of Today 285,000 and ABC News Breakfast (104,000 and 54,000). Later, The Morning Show rated 142,00 to lead Today Extra (130,000) and Studio 10 (90,000).

See Thursday 15 December 2016 for a more detailed look at the ratings numbers in the Media Spy forums.

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