AFL is back.
A nail-biting Collingwood v Richmond match cracked the magic million last night at 1.00m viewers across Seven and 7mate. In Melbourne alone there were 668,000 viewers.
Seven cites this as the biggest regular primetime match in a decade. It topped the demos and ensured a huge network share. The game began with a bending of the knee for the Black Lives Matter movement, featured fake crowd noise and cardboard cutout fans, ending in a draw -the first between the clubs since 1917.
By comparison NRL drew 372,000 in 2 cities on Nine. It should be noted another 16,000 watched on 9GEM which Nine still codes separately. Why?
MasterChef Australia was the top entertainment drawcard at 875,000 viewers, down on last Thursday’s 970,000.
7:30 (426,000), Great American Railroad Journeys (231,000) and The Heights (180,000) followed.
Seven network won Thursday with 36.6% then Nine 22.6%, 10 20.3%, ABC 12.3% and SBS 8.1%.
Seven News was #1 at 1.1m / 1.05m for Seven. The Chase drew 641,000 / 404,000 while Home and Away was 405,000 in 3 cities.
Nine News was best for Nine at 980,000 / 907,000. A Current Affair was 698,000 then Hot Seat 570,000 / 354,000.
The Project drew 516,000 / 341,000 for 10. Celebrity Gogglebox USA debuted to 462,000 then 10 News First (382,000 / 289,000) and Law and Order: SVU (176,000).
ABC News won its slot at 722,000 for ABC. Sammy J (342,000), Grand Designs Australia (289,000), The Drum (219,000), and Father Brown (185,000) followed.
On SBS it was Filthy Rich & Homeless (224,000), SBS World News (157,000), Mastermind (97,000) and ZeroZeroZero (69,000).
The Morning Show: 147,000 / 90,000
Today Extra: 100,000 / 49,000
Studio 10: 53,000 / 51,000 /
OzTAM Overnights: Thursday 11 June 2020