In what can only be described as an extraordinary year for news, the team at Nine Melbourne have taken a brief moment to celebrate winning the 2020 ratings year.
In the official ratings survey so far this year, 9News Melbourne has now won 23 weeks out of the possible 24. The result means Nine has now been the number one rating bulletin in Melbourne for 9 years in a row.
Audience for the Monday-Friday 6pm bulletins presented by Peter Hitchener has increased 25% on last year with Nine now averaging 350,000 viewers across the hour compared to 7News with 324,000.
The weekend bulletins presented by Alicia Loxley are also delivering strong ratings for Nine:
- Saturday – 9News 334,000 (up 35%) vs 7News 254,000
- Sunday – 9News 387,000 (up 21%) vs 7News 343,000
Nine has also recently been experiencing success for the first time at 4pm with the afternoon bulletin edging ahead of Seven by the narrowest of margins, 66,000 vs 65,000.
The result in Melbourne comes after Nine recently celebrated success in Sydney. The network is also well on the way to winning Brisbane meaning it will soon be able to claim an East Coast victory.
In a note to staff on Saturday morning, Nine’s Melbourne News Director, Hugh Nailon congratulated his team on the latest ratings milestone: