ABC News channel lifts as invasion begins

ABC News channel tripled its share, SBS World News up, 7:30 wins slot as Russian-Ukraine war commences.

News events in Europe saw ABC News channel lift its share last night.

A week ago the channel drew a 1.9% share but last night it topped multichannels at 159,000 and grew to a 5.9% share.

Seven News remained #1 overall at 965,000 / 899,000 ahead of Nine News (870,000 / 823,000), ABC News which won its slot at 661,000 and SBS World News also up at 202,000 / 196,000.

Meanwhile 7:30 led its slot at 569,000 metro viewers defeating Home & Away (532,000 / 443,000 from 7pm), RBT (447,000), the debut of First Dates on 10 (334,000) and Foreign Correspondent (330,000).

Later Australia Behind Bars led at 426,000 then Q+A (237,000), Showtrial (223,000 / 169,000), Movie: Hustlers (170,000) and The Long Call (128,000).

Nine network won Thursday with 28.3% then Seven 26.8%, ABC 20.0%, 10 16.0% and SBS 8.9%.

Elsewhere The Chase drew 491,000 / 292,000 for Seven.

A Current Affair was 582,000 then Hot Seat (406,000 / 274,000) and A+E After Dark (213,000).

The Project pulled 344,000 / for 10. 10 News First was 288,000 / 196,000

On SBS it was Scenic Coastal Walks with Kate Humble (129,000), No Body Recovered (72,000) and Mastermind (70,000).

The Morning Show: 136,000 / 78,000
Today Extra: 134,000 / 81,000
Studio 10: 39,000 / 33,000 /

In Total TV numbers last Thursday were:
The Long Call: 385,000
Home & Away: 970,000
Australia Behind Bars: 753,000
Foreign Correspondent: 596,000

OzTAM Overnights: Thursday 24 February 2022

12 Responses

  1. Me….I turned off….there are only so many ways you can twist War….and too many ‘experts’ with too many opinions….it is not reality TV…it is very distressing.

  2. Ouch first dates will almost definitely be flop dates I don’t watch dating shows although i have been tempted to watch a bit of MAFS to see why it the hell it rates so well but i just can’t bring myself to watch it

  3. I’ll keep an eye on TVT for changes over the weekend, I reckon we may see special late news on Channels 7 and 9 in place of late movies, as well as say Border out for The Latest 7pm Saturday and maybe Sunday late as well. As Ukraine crisis worsens and seeing how ABC News resonated last night.

    1. Well, from 7:30 it was way behind ABC, 7 & 9. It was promoted as “New to 10”. Was it an old 7 series that 10 bought, meaning it has previously aired elsewhere? Interpreted it to mean that. Or was it a new season made by 10? In which case why not just say “New Season”?

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