Ratings: Live NRL give Nine edge on Thursday

A solid result for Thursday night’s NRL game gave Channel Nine a welcome ratings victory last night.

In Sydney and Brisbane 433,000 tuned in for a blow out victory by the North Queensland Cowboys to help Nine to a 29.8% network share, it first win for the week ahead of Seven (25.7%), ABC (19.6%), Ten (17.7%) and SBS (7.1%).

With no program over one million, Nine News (961,000 and 957,000) was the number one show with A Current Affair also making the top ten for Nine on 654,000 (4 cities). The AFL Footy Show was well down from last week’s opener to 367,000 while 36,000 watched the NRL on GEM in AFL states. The afternoon’s Hot Seat had 475,000.

Over on Seven, Seven News (926,000 and 857,000) was best for its network. Home and Away that followed disappointed with a season low 660,000 with The Big Bang Theory on 432,000 and 397,000. Later a movie Just Like Heaven managed 293,000 with the afternoon’s The Chase on 526,000 and 353,000. 7Flix slumped to a network share of 0.6% with 48 Hours its best title on just 29,000.

ABC managed three top ten entries with ABC News (746,000), 7:30 (683,000) and Jack Irish (673,000). Later, Hatch Match and Dispatch was steady with 508,000 and No Offence averaged 329,000.

Family Feud topped Ten’s night with 521,000 with the factual duo of Territory Cops (515,000) and Bondi Rescue (512,000) next best. The Project saw 509,000 and 404,000 tune in after Ten Eyewitness News had 484,000. Later, Law and Order SVU had 384,000 and 304,000.

Top titles for SBS were In Defence of Food (271,000) and What’s the Right Diet For You? (181,000).

At breakfast Today was a big winner with 356,000, well clear of Sunrise that fell to 285,000. Later, The Morning Show (124,000) edged out Today Extra (123,000).

See Thursday 17 March 2016 for a more detailed look at the ratings numbers in the Media Spy forums.

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