Ratings: SBS’s new comedy The Family Law debuts to 366,000

The debut of The Family Law, SBS’s new 6-part dramedy about a dysfunctional Chinese-Australian suburban family missed the top 20 programs on Thursday night managing a 5-city audience of 366,000 according to preliminary OzTAM data.

The biographical series set on the Sunshine Coast did, however, help the network to one of its best audience shares of the year with 8.8%. But most eyes post 7.30 last night were on Ten with another good Big Bash result propelling the network to number one place with 28.3%. ABC also improved it share with 18.8% but Nine slipped to 23.6% and Seven with 20.6% had its lowest network share since the State of Origin last year.

Session two of The Big Bash League’s Game 29 had 910,000 metro viewers including those watching on ONE in Perth. Earlier, session one had 868,000 and the post match program 385,000. Also on Ten, The Project had 545,000 and 453,000, Ten Eyewitness News 509,000 and Family Feud 473,000.

Nine News (945,000 and 915,000) and A Current Affair (736,000) were Nine’s only top twenty entries. Great Getaways (450,000) Hot Seat (434,000) and World’s Most Expensive Food (354,000) were next best for the network with The Truth About Looking Younger later on 239,000.

For Seven, Seven News (975,000 and 867,000) made the top ten with Make You Laugh Out Loud next best on 586,000. Air Rescue managed 481,000 with The Big Bang Theory on 480,000 and 450,000. The Goldbergs that followed slipped to 265,000 and 204,000. In the afternoon, The Chase had 544,000 and 366,000.

ABC grabbed three top ten entries with ABC News (785,000), New Tricks (634,000) and 7.30 (629,000) with QI next best on 532,000. Later, Death or Liberty had 265,000.

Apart from The Family Law, Food Safari Fire (240,000) and Poh and Co (225,000) were next best for the broadcaster.

At breakfast, Sunrise was again on top with 296,000 ahead of Today on 283,000.

See Thursday 14 January 2016 for a more detailed look at the ratings numbers in the Media Spy forums.

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