Ashes scores for GEM
Ratings: Big numbers for The Ashes boosts Nine's network share on Thursday, but viewers overlooked the tough story of Better Man.
That saw Nine’s share for the night speed past the competition and back into contention for winning the week.
Nine network was 37.4% then Seven 21.4%, ABC 18.2%, TEN 17.4% and SBS 5.7%.
Nine News topped the night for Nine with 1.26m viewers then A Current Affair (1.1m), Big Brother slipped under the magic million for the first time at 984,000, Hot Seat (732,000) and The Footy Show (710,000).
Seven News (1.14m) was Seven’s only show to crack one million viewers. Next was Today Tonight (907,000), Home and Away (803,000), Please Marry My Boy (585,000), Deal or No Deal (506,000) and Formal Wars (477,000).
ABC News (901,000) was best for ABC1 then 7:30 (759,000), Ten Bucks a Litre (708,000), Catalyst (654,000), The Grumpy Guide to Food (397,000) and Restoration Man (327,000).
TEN had a tough night with TEN News (654,000), MasterChef Australia (591,000), The Project (533,000), Law and Order: SVU (531,000 / 483,000). The Simpsons was 345,000.
Sadly the excellent Better Man drama was overlooked with just 233,000 averaged across its two hours. Also on SBS ONE was Luke Nguyen’s Greater Mekong (212,000), World News Australia (191,000) and Food Factory: Supersized (179,000).
Nine News Now: 121,000
The Daily Edition: 103,000
OzTAM Overnights: Thursday 1 August 2013