• Seven’s turn to win with a lop-sided sporting contest as Port wins
• ABC’s Janet King holds for episode 2, Rail Journeys lifts for SBS
After Nine’s win with a one-sided sporting contest on Wednesday night, Seven returned to the winner’s circle also with a one-sided contest last night as Port Adelaide took down Hawthorn.
While the AFL helped secure a Seven win, it was certainly a long way short of the audience numbers Nine attracted with Origin.
Home and Away managed two nights on 800,000 this week, another on 725,000 and then ended the week down to 625,000 on Thursday.
The AFL screened on the primary channel in Melbourne and Adelaide to 393,000 with 251,000 in Melbourne and 142,000 in Adelaide. Perth got the game on 7mate with 63,000 watching.
Later on in those AFL markets the Front Bar did 126,000 on Seven with 97,000 in Melbourne.
Viewers in Sydney and Brisbane saw House Rules and then Aussie Property Flippers.
The Thursday edition of A Current Affair was just under 779,000.
RBT had a national audience with no Thursday night NRL, with 584,000 watching the breath-testing unit in action.
The NRL Footy Show did 202,000 with 141,000 in Sydney and 61,000 in Brisbane.
Viewers in other states got an episode of The Last Resort.
The Project had another night just over 600,000.
MasterChef was down exactly 100,000 on the previous Thursday with 778,000 watching last night’s elimination.
Two repeat episodes of Law & Order: SVU followed with 316,000 and then 275,000.
Janet King launched a week ago with 500,000 and most of that audience – 475,000 – returned for episode two.
Also just under half a million was The Checkout with 467,000 after attracting 496,000 a week ago.
Michael Portillo travelled from Dromod to Sligo in Ireland on Great British Railway Journeys with the audience just pushing above 300,000.