Thursday Ratings | AUS OPEN leads the charge; WIFE SWAP and Q&A crash out


The move to Thursdays has hurt the ABC’s political panel show more than it has helped.

Another bonza night for Nine as Australian Open 2021 Night 4 (633,000) draws a strong audience across the evening. The Alex Di Minaur/Pablo Cuevas match (640,000) continues to prove that viewers will tune in to support Aussies while they keep winning. Nine first in both primary (23%) & network (32.1%) shares.

A triple ep of Home and Away 3 eps (442,000) lead Seven’s night with their best primetime figures. It didn’t improve as, sadly for them, the premiere of Wife Swap Australia (346,000) failed to draw much of any of an audience. SPOILERS: It wasn’t ever going to, because it’s real bad. Later into the evening Busted in Bangkok (158,000) and a repeat of Gordon Ramsay on Cocaine (88,000) could have benefitted from Gordon Ramsay being on cocaine and being busted in Bangkok. Seven second in both primary (16.8%) & network (25.4%) shares.

A reasonable start to the ABC’s Thursday night, with 7:30 (522,000) and Back Roads (454,000) attracting reasonable audiences that all but vanished when Q&A (294,000) went to air. It is clear it will take the audience some time to reconnect with the program on its new day/new timeslot. A repeat of Rise of the Murdoch Dynasty (127,000) and a repeat Would I Lie To You? (111,000) rounded out their very average night. ABC land third in primary (11.3%) though fourth in network (16.4%) shares.

When the second half hour of The Project (,000 6:30pm; 407,000 7pm) is your best for the night you know 10 are marking time, waiting for the tennis to finish. Ambulance Australia (268,000), a double ep of Law & Order: SVU (new 211,000; rpt 208,000) and a new episode of US drama This Is Us (100,000) will likely lift in catch up, though you’ll need to be quick to see them before they vanish. 10 fourth in primary (9.4%) & third in network (16.8%) shares.


Sunrise (247,000)
The Today Show (197,000)
ABC Breakfast (187,000 [115,000 ABC; 72,000 ABC News])

All ratings data listed is Five City Metro, overnights only.

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Steve Molk
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