TV Ratings: BBL semifinal #1 pulls over 900k

Mediaweek editor James Manning looks at last night’s TV ratings

• First semifinals for Big Bash League give TEN 913,000 viewers for second session
• Seven pulls evening’s biggest share though with Federer on way to an Open victory?

After a week of debate about whether the cricket or the tennis is pulling the biggest crowds, both the tennis and the cricket performed well last night with both sports ranking in the top five most-watched shows along with Nine News, Seven News and A Current Affair.

The first of the Big Bash League semifinals on TEN saw the Perth Scorchers secure a place in the final with an average metro audience of 913,000 watching the second session.

Elsewhere on TEN, The Project did just over a half a million at 7pm where an appearance again from Julian Assange has created some headlines.

The evening session of the tennis saw Roger Federer firm as a chance after he progressed with some of his biggest threats already out of the event. The session had just over 800,000 viewers on Seven.

Nine’s best was A Current Affair with close to 850,000, while the second one-hour episode of Hot Seat did 607,000 at 5.30pm. The Monday night Hot Seat audience of 625,000 was the best for the 5.30pm half hour in close to six months.

After ABC News and 7.30, the ABC’s best were Stephen Fry in Central America (406,000) and OutbackER (369,000).

Riding Britain’s Railways was the most-watched SBS offering with 205,000.

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