It’s the second year in a row Nine has won, with Seven at just 5 of 26 weeks won.
The victory is all the more sweet given Nine took a gamble on a one-hour news service this year, causing Seven to follow suit (NB: Seven had been experimenting with the 1 hour news before Nine, but hadn’t committed to it year-round).
Nine is averaging 1.158 million viewers for 6 – 6:30pm weeknights in 2014, while Seven News is on 1.129 million.
At 6:30 -7pm Nine is averaging 1.078 million viewers, compared to Seven News/Today Tonight (in various cities) which averages 1.037 million.
Darren Wick, Director of News and Current Affairs, said: “When we regained the ratings lead last year, we made a commitment to continue to work harder than ever to provide Australia’s most comprehensive, most trusted and most reliable news service.
“We listen to our viewers and respond accordingly and are truly humbled they have once again chosen us as their preferred source of evening news.
“To have won back-to-back ratings years is testament to the ongoing hard work and tireless dedication of an extremely talented, professional and passionate team of newsmakers. Everyone in the Nine News family is driven to provide viewers the most relevant, credible and up-to-date news 24 hours a day, wherever it is happening.”
Source: Oztam Consolidated data to 15/08/14, Overnight data from 16/08/14-22/08/14. Week 7-34 2014 v 2013, Mon to Fri. Average Audience. Total People. 5 City Metro.