The combination of a Footy Show scandal and NRL helped Nine to an unsurprising win last night.
The Footy Show, which dissected the mateship breakdown between its castmates Billy Brownless & Garry Lyon, drew 528,000 in 3 cities. That was its biggest number in 3 years outside of a grand final edition. In Melbourne where the scandal has been volatile, 377,000 was the biggest season opener in 5 years.
TEN’s I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here grew to 780,000 for the elimination moment of Anthony Callea. ABC’s Jack Irish grew by 36,000. Seven put in a good performance given the heated competition.
Nine network won with 29.7% then Seven 27.1%, TEN 18.3%, ABC 18.1% and SBS 6.7%.
Nine News was 944,000 / 896,000 for Nine then A Current Affair (680,000 in 4 cities), The Footy Show (528,000 in 3 cities), Hot Seat (493,000) and NRL Thursday (433,000 in 2 cities).
Seven News (973,000 /920,000) topped the night for Seven then Home and Away (701,000), The Chase (504,000 / 349,000), Movie: Pitch Perfect (471,000) and The Big Bang Theory (448,000).
The bulk of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here drew 702,000 for TEN. The Project was 503,000 / 452,000, TEN Eyewitness News was 462,000 and Law and Order: SVU was 405,000.
ABC News (775,000), 7:30 (707,000), Jack Irish (617,000), Hatch Match & Dispatch (522,000) and No Offence (299,000) comprised ABC’s night.
On SBS it was Food Safari Fire (257,000), Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook: London (199,000), What’s The Right Diet For You? (153,000), The Bridge (124,000) and SBS World News (108,000).
Neighbours was back on top of multichannels at 227,000.
OzTAM Overnights: Thursday 10 March 2016.