Seven wins Thursday ratings - again

The Seven Network scored its seventh straight Thursday win in the overnight ratings despite a third place for its main channel.

But the night bought positive news for most networks with Nine able to claim that its main channel was number one while Ten’s The Bachelor was the night’s number one entertainment program as well as number one across key younger demographics.

Seven’s network share of 26.7% just pipped Nine with 25.9% with Ten third on 21.9%, ABC with 17.7% and SBS steady with 7.8%.

Seven News continued its dominance this week with 1,088,000 and 994,000 winning the 6-7pm timeslot. Home and Away, that followed, slipped to fourth at 7pm with Surveillance Oz next best in prime time with 478,000 and 435,000. Later, The Big Bang Theory had 262,000 and 277,000 then Dynamo: Magician Impossible had 223,000. The afternoon’s The Chase Australia did well with 693,000 and 432,000.

Over on Nine, Nine News (942,000 and 879,000) and A Current Affair (755,000) were top ten entries but a split schedule saw Hot Seat (566,000) as the only other network program in the top twenty. NRL ranked tenth in Sydney with 209,000 while 203,000 Brisbane viewers boosted the live coverage of the home team to number three in that market. The AFL Footy Show had 319,000 fans and World’s Best Commercials saw 324,000 tune in.

Meanwhile, The Bachelor ranked fifth for the night with 771,000 after The Project had 692,000 and 476,000. Earlier, Ten Eyewitness News averaged 478,000 and Family Feud 542,000 and Later Law and Order SVU had 491,000 and 385,000 across two episodes.

The Checkout got a boost this week to 675,000 while ABC News (770,000) and 7.30 (663,000) also did well. Later, New Blood was up slightly to 394,000 while Antiques Roadshow managed 294,000 and a repeat of Barracuda had just 86,000.

On SBS the remake of the Roots mini-series concluded with 182,000 and Eating History: Italy had 189,000.

In the breakfast TV battle, Thursday went to Nine’s Today with 311,000 well ahead of Seven’s Sunrise with 269,000.

See [Thursday 4 August 2016] (Thursday 4 August 2016) for a more detailed look at the ratings numbers in the Media Spy forums.

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