Ratings: Nine wins Thursday as Footy Show drops and NITV hits record high

The Nine Network grabbed the largest share of Thursday night’s TV audience despite a big drop for the AFL version of The Footy Show while The Marngrook Footy Show helped NITV score a record 1.1% share.

With 427,000 in three cities The Footy Show was always going to shed viewers after last week’s high of 576,000 but combined with Thursday Night NRL it saw Nine win with 28.9%. Seven followed on 27.1% ahead of Ten (18.7%), ABC (18.4%) and SBS (6.9%). Nine won the east coast markets with Seven ahead in Adelaide and Perth.

Also on Nine, Nine News (981,000 and 902,000) and A Current Affair (748,000) made the top ten with Hot Seat averaging 537,000 in the afternoon. The Eels v Sea Eagles NRL game drew 427,000 (346,000 post-game and 300,000 pre-game) while RBT (387,000) was show in AFL markets.

Meanwhile, Seven News had 1,036,000 at 6pm to be the night’s number one show dropping to 960,000 at 6.30pm and followed by Home and Away with a rating of 767,000 at 7pm. My France with Manu lost ground, rating 663,000 while Australian Swimming Championships finished with 360,000 in four markets. The Goldbergs had 202,000 and 79,000 in preliminary numbers.

For younger-skewing Ten, Gogglebox was the top performer with 590,000 down from the season opener that had 629,000 the previous week. Next best were The Project (552,000 and 422,000) and Family Feud (528,000) while two Modern Family episodes both rated 512,000 after Ten Eyewitness News had 486,000. Later, Law and Order: SVU had 391,000.

ABC’s line up included ABC News (754,000) on top with The Checkout up slightly to 686,000. Janet King (613,000) was steady with 7.30 also making the top twenty on 590,000. A repeat of Utopia then managed 313,000 and Upper Middle Bogan 198,000. Earlier, Antiques Roadshow saw 286,000 tune in.

The Marngrook Footy Show rated 58,000 for NITV while on SBS Inside Heston’s World had 233,000 and Destination Flavour Scandinavia 174,000.

In the morning battle, Seven’s Sunrise took the lead with 321,000 metro viewers, while Today had 316,000 on Channel Nine and ABC News Breakfast averaged 96,000 and 47,000 viewers.

The Morning Show on Seven rated 160,000, Nine’s Today Extra rated 121,000 and Studio Ten averaged 71,000 metro viewers.

See [Thursday 14 April 2016] (Thursday 14 April 2016) for a more detailed look at the ratings numbers in the Media Spy forums.

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