Ratings: Jack Irish is back with 711,000 metro viewers

Jack Irish returned last night with the first episode of ABC TV’s new six-part series grabbing 711,000 viewers across the five mainland capitals.

The result helped improve the network’s Thursday result but it still placed fourth for the night. Nine had the highest network share with 27.3% despite Seven’s main channel topping the night. Seven’s network share was 25.5%, with Ten on 21.1%, ABC with 19.3% and SBS 6.8%.

News and current affairs filled the top five places with Ten’s I’m a Celebrity the top entertainment program for the night with 794,000 while Seven’s Home and Away also made the top ten with 753,000.

Seven News (955,000 and 916,000) was the top news service nationally well ahead of Nine News that dropped to 897,000 and 844,000 though A Current Affair still won the 7pm time slot with 801,000 just ahead of ABC News with 792,000.

Nine’s post 7.30 line had saw drops across the board with RBT best with 517,000 while Inside Story fell to 499,000 and Kings Cross ER had 488,000. Later, An Hour to Save Your Life managed 426,000 while the afternoon’s Hot Seat saw 416,000 tune in.

Seven’s screening of a Big Bang Theory repeat at 8pm grabbed 419,000 with the movie The Avengers that followed on just 375,000. The Chase Australia had 563,000 at 5.30 and 382,000 at 5pm.

Over on Ten, The Project had 561,000 and 460,000 while earlier, Ten Eyewitness News averaged 460,000 and Family Feud 497,000. The new series of Law and Order later had 401,000 plus 270,000 for a repeat that followed.

Also in the top twenty for ABC were 7.30 with 620,000 and the debut of Hatch, Match and Dispatch with 532,000. Next best for the network were No Offence with 411,000 and Pointless on 231,000.

For SBS, Food Safari Fire topped the night with Rachel Koo’s Kitchen Notebook: London on 208,000. The Family Law disappointed with 186,000.

Nine’s Afternoon News at 5pm had 262,000 with the earlier part of the bulletin on 214,000 while Seven News At 4.30 averaged 253,000 and Seven News At 4 had 245,000.

At breakfast, Today (357,000) was well clear of Sunrise (324,000) but Sunrise Early (191,000) was just ahead of Today Early (187,000).

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

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