TV Ratings July 26: Nine wins the night after announcing media deal of the century

Mediaweek editor James Manning looks at last nights TV ratings.

• Nine wins the night after announcing media deal of the century
• Paul Barry talks Nine-Fairfax on The Project, Hugh Marks & Paul Keating on 7.30

Seven

Home And Away’s week ended on 611,000.

The Single Wives then did 329,000 after its week 29 average of 367,000.

The Front Bar was a hit again in Melbourne with 218,000 and a three-market audience of 317,000.

Nine

A Current Affair was on 739,000 after a Wednesday audience of 757,000.

The NRL did 452,000 across five markets on Nine and 9Gem with 215,000 in Sydney and 204,000 in Brisbane.

The Footy Shows had a combined metro audience of 367,000 with 89,000 in Sydney and 147,000 in Melbourne.

TEN

The first week of Pointless continues to see the numbers drift after a strong debut:

Monday 493,000
Tuesday 378,000
Wednesday 362,000
Thursday 295,000

The Project then started on 284,000 with 7pm lifting to 501,000. Media Watch host Paul Barry was a guest talking about the Nine-Fairfax merger.

No MasterChef last night with the Thursday elimination episode now on Sunday ahead of the final on Tuesday. Instead, viewers got David Attenborough And The Giant Elephant, which did 437,000.

ABC

Former Nine reporter Ellen Fanning has been hosting 7.30 this week and she interviewed Nine CEO Hugh Marks last night about the merger. Paul Keating was also a guest hammering Nine. The episode did 535,000.

Grand Designs then did 501,000.

SBS

Great British Railway Journeys did 234,000 while the next best audience was after 9.30pm for Stage 18 of the Tour de France with 184,000.

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