The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - CONFIDENTIAL -

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.

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