Thursday Night NRL gives Nine the edge

Ratings: Sport is back in primetime. Who's a happy network then?


The return of NRL could not come fast enough for Nine. After three weeks where its only breakout hit has been a new sitcom Sport is back to help lift its performance. With weekend games and Footy Shows planted on 2 nights it will help the week overall.

Thursday Night NRL drew 581,000 in 2 cities (Syd: 334,000 / Bris: 247,000 and another 65,000 on GEM), helping Nine to win the night with a 29.7% share then Seven 27.7%, TEN 19.0%, ABC 17.8% and SBS 5.8%.

Nine News (985,000 / 961,000) topped the night for Nine followed by A Current Affair (675,000 in 4 cities), NRL (581,000 in 2 cities) and Hot Seat (503,000). Inside Story was 277,000 in 3 cities, Kings Cross ER was 252,000 in 3 cities, and An Hour to Save Your Life was 182,000 in 3 cities.

Seven News (928,000 / 907,000 was best for Seven then Home and Away (708,000), Movie: Pretty Woman (548,000), The Chase (518,000 / 321,000) and The Big Bang Theory (419,000).

I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here was 676,000 for TEN but all other shows were under 500,000. The Project was 476,000 / 397,000, Law and Order: SVU was 425,000 / 220,000 and TEN Eyewitness News was 422,000.

ABC News won its slot with 759,000 then 7:30 (685,000), Jack Irish (581,000), Hatch Match & Dispatch (515,000) and No Offence (281,000).

Food Safari Fire (240,000), What’s the Right Diet For You? (174,000), Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook: London (170,000), The Bridge (120,000) and SBS World News (98,000) comprised SBS night.

Shaun the Sheep ruled multichannels at 247,000.

OzTAM Overnights: Thursday 3 February 2016.

10 Responses

  1. Do Ch9 see a white ball at the end of the tunnel? Pretty Woman: do viewers have mass amnesia or is it “anything but sport”? PW is a good movie but I almost know it word perfect and it’s on my PVR, without the ad breaks. Memo to Seven execs: It would’ve looked better in HD.

  2. Last night was the first time Fox Sports Simulcast Live the Channel 9 NRL game with their own commentators. I saw it got 210K viewers did this dent Channel 9’s figures based on years previous? What is the feeling on this new battle forming?

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