Never mind the PM, it’s all about the AFL.
Ratings: While Waled Aly's interview improves The Project, AFL storms Seven to its biggest share in survey this year.
An awkward interview with PM Scott Morrison may have lifted the first half of The Project from 211,000 last week to 387,000 last night, but more people watched the second half without him, at 434,000.
10 only had short notice to promote the event, but is to be commended for screening it ad-free.
But Thursday Night AFL completely dominated viewing last night with an impressive 728,000 viewers, from 7pm it was enough to win its slot and top the demos.
It defeated 7:30 on 468,000, Thursday Night NRL (411,000 in 2 cities) and Show Me the Movie on 293,000.
The AFL was so big it helped Seven Network to its biggest share in survey this year at 36.8%, ahead of Nine 24.3%, 10 19.2%, ABC 13.2% and SBS 6.4%.
Seven News was #1 at 887,000 / 742,000. The Chase was 480,000 / 310,000, and screening in select cities were Home & Away (338,000), Better Homes & Gardens (188,000) and movie: Salt (148,000).
Nine News led for Nine on 775,000 / 773,000 then A Current Affair (481,000 in 4 cities). Hot Seat was 429,000 / 278,000, and screening in select cities were RBT (171,000), Thursday Night Golden Point (156,000) and New Amsterdam (122,000).
Gogglebox remained the top entertainment show at 567,000 for 10. 10 News First was 352,000 , a repeat of Hughesy We Have a Problem was 269,000 and Pointless was 198,000.
ABC News (602,000), Escape from the City (366,000), Sammy J (268,000), Informer (144,000) and The Drum (164,000) comprised ABCs other shows. The Tunnel was just 56,000.
On SBS it was Jumbo Jet (189,000), Great British Royal Ships (167,000), SBS World News (104,000) and Trust Me (75,000).
7TWO’s Father Brown led multichannels, blessed with 164,000.
The Morning Show: 110,000 / 59,000
Today Extra: 98,000 / 64,000
Studio 10: 64,000 / 52,000 / 40,000
OzTAM Overnights: Thursday 21 March 2019