TV Ratings: Summer Of Cricket gives Nine a narrow win

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

Nine’s first day of the Summer of Cricket featuring Australia playing South Africa in the First test in Perth delivered the broadcaster a narrow win.

Nine took top spot also in combined channel share with 29.8%.

Seven’s Home and Away was the only other attraction after 7pm to break 600,000 with TEN’s The Project7pm the only other show to make it past 500,000.

An audience of 450,000 was enough for a top 10 spot on Thursday.

Seven

Ninety minutes of Home and Away finished off the week for the soapie with 694,000 which was on par with its Wednesday numbers this week and also Thursday of last week.

Thursday night at the movies on Seven offered Sex Tape from 2014 with 342,000 watching the Cameron Diaz comedy.

Nine

The First Test dominated the day on Nine. The first session pulled in 373,000 viewers midafternoon in most markets, the afternoon session was on 569,000 while the end of the day’s play did 832,000 screening in primetime in all markets except Perth. The game performed best in Melbourne with 329,000 watching the final session, over 100,000 ahead of Sydney.

Nine’s Thursday movie after play ended was Rush Hour 2 from 2001 with 357,000 watching.

TEN

The Project was the channel’s best with Buzz Aldrin a special guest for the 540,000 viewers after 7pm.

At 7.30pm David Attenborough’s Natural Curiosities did 343,000.

The numbers then climbed to 425,000 for a new episode of Law & Order: SVU.

ABC

Silvia’s Italian Table was down 50,000 week-on-week to 405,000 at 8pm.

The final of National Treasure did 282,000 with the numbers down a little for each of the four weeks after launching just under 400,000.

SBS

The channel had its best Thursday food night share for quite a few weeks.

The final of the three-part Matthew Evans’ For The Love Of Meat did 241,000 which was the biggest audience for the series. The last episode featured cows after starting with chickens and then pigs.

Also wrapping last night was Luke Nguyen’s Street Food Asia with his second week in Jakarta on 231,000. For the first six weeks of the show Nguyen spent two episodes each in Saigon, Bangkok and then Kuala Lumpur.

The fascinating My Restaurant in India then did 199,000 which was its best audience in the three weeks so far.

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