FUN AND GAMES IN THE NEWS RATINGS
THE Commonwealth Games appear to have sparked a shift in Brisbane’s news ratings war.
The traditionally tight 6pm bulletin contest between Channel 7 and Channel 9 has sensationally exploded, with Seven’s broadcasting rights giving them the advantage in the local nightly battle.
While Nine News, fronted by Melissa Downes and Andrew Lofthouse, was edging out Seven, with Sharyn Ghidella and new co-presenter Max Futcher (pictured), in the lead-up to the Games, the tables have dramatically turned.
Seven comfortably won the news half-hour over Nine last week, with 260,000 Brisbane viewers tuning in on Monday compared to Nine’s 169,000.
Tuesday saw another 260,000 for Seven over Nine’s 142,000, while Wednesday delivered 266,000 and 146,000 respectively.
On Thursday, 253,000 tuned in to Seven and 165,000 in to Nine, before Seven finished with 215,000 to Nine’s 158,000 on Friday.
In more good news for Seven, the official ratings period began on April 8.
It remains to be seen if Seven News Brisbane can maintain its hold over its local Nine competitors this week after tonight’s closing ceremony.
In the meantime, Seven is still celebrating that the opening ceremony (pictured below) delivered it a 70.8 per cent free-to-air audience share in southeast Queensland on April 4.
The numbers made it the highest overnight share for any network in the area in the history of the current ratings service.