Ratings: Early Christmas for Ten as Big Bash returns

Christmas came early for Ten last night as a new season of the Big Bash League got underway with the network number one in the ratings, scoring its biggest audience since the MasterChef final.

In a one-sided game, Session One averaged 834,000 metro viewers across Ten and One with Session Two rating 805,000 and the Post Game coverage 340,000. That saw Ten with 28.3% of the audience. Seven was second with 26.5% pushing Nine to third with 21.7% with ABC on 17.0% and SBS 6.5%. Ten won all markets except Perth that it was second to Seven. One’s share in Perth was 10.1%.

Also on Ten, The Project had 501,000 and 344,000 with Family Feud and Ten Eyewitness News both with 371,000.

Seven News (891,000 and 869,000) topped the night with the afternoon’s The Chase (554,000 and 378,000) next best for Seven. Highway Cops got off to a shaky start at 7pm with 511,000 while First Dates UK (447,000) and Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares (377,000) were well down against the increased competition. Ramsay’s Hotel Hell that followed managed 263,000.

Meanwhile, Nine News (807,000 and 819,000), A Current Affair (639,000) and Hot Seat (424,000) made the top twenty for Nine. Kevin Can Wait continued to decline with 348,000 and 275,000 across two episodes last night while the movie Little Fockers averaged 296,000.

ABC News (654,000) and 7.30 (518,000) were ABC’s best results as Simply Nigella slipped to 419,000 and Rick Stein: From Venice to Istanbul also dropped, rating 397,000 this week. Other titles included QI (251,000) and Reinventing the Royals (209,000).

Who Do You Think You Are? (206,000) and The Mekong River with Sue Perkins (180,000) gave SBS its best results.

Seven’s afternoon line up included Seven News at 4 (203,000) and Seven News at 4.30 (229,000) while Nine had Nine Afternoon News (161,000) and Nine Afternoon News 5pm (269,000).

Sunrise (326,000) was ahead of Today (312,000) and ABC News Breakfast (92,000 and 45,000) at breakfast.

See Tuesday 20 December 2016 for a more detailed look at the ratings numbers in the Media Spy forums.

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