Nationally Seven News was first with 1.29m, ABC News had 1.077m and National Nine News had 1.063m viewers.
While it was just a single night’s win, and time slots differ, it was the first time ABC had taken second pole position in a long time.
Seven News won in all metro cities except Sydney, which went to Nine by only 1,000 viewers. Oddly, in Melbourne Seven News beat Nine’s by only 1,000 viewers, which in turn beat the ABC by only a slim 1,000. Recently however, the Melbourne audience has swung behind National Nine News following Seven’s misfired AFL story in which it disclosed personal medical records.
But Nine continues to languish behind in Perth which is a long-term problem for the network. Nationally, now it has the ABC to contend with as well.
Figures break down as follows:
Seven News 1.290m
ABC News 1.077m
Nine News 1.063m
Ratings Week 40