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Thursday Ratings | NEIGHBOURS finale goes out on top


GRETA SCACCHI and BRYAN BROWN star in new Australian romantic drama DARBY AND JOAN

Darby and Joan tells the story of a retired Australian policeman with a dog as his only company and a widowed English nurse who meet each other and embark together on an epic odyssey in the outback of northern Australia.
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The tears and nostalgia run deep as the Aussie soap wins the night for the first time in decades…and it stacks the three commercial networks closer than they’ve been for ages.

A Current Affair (624,000) leads Nine’s night then it all splits due to the footy: Thursday Night NRL Live (355,000 (316,000 Nine BNE/SYD; 39,000 9Gem MEL/ADL/PER)), Thursday Night Knock-Off (109,000 Nine BNE/SYD), or repeats of RBT (182,000 (157,000 Nine MEL/ADL/PER; 25,000 9Gem BNE/SYD)), Paramedics (181,000 (136,000 Nine MEL/ADL/PER; 44,000 9Gem BNE/SYD)), and new New Amsterdam (57,000 Nine MEL/ADL/PER), then everyone back into The Equalizer (55,000).
Nine first in both primary (19.8%) and network (26.7%) rankings.

The Project (274,000 6:30pm; 438,000 7pm) delivers its best second half-hour on a Thursday in ages, in part due to it being the lead-in for the series finale of Neighbours (873,000) which trounced all comers – a fitting end. Repeats of Shaun Micallef’s Brain Eisteddfod (261,000) and The Cheap Seats (128,000) benefitted from all of the eyes earlier in the night.
10 second in primary (18.8%) and third in network (24%) rankings.

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Home & Away (429,000 7pm; 346,000 7:30pm-8:30pm Late) was never going to beat 10’s big finale, though it soldiered on. Even The Front Bar (375,000 (194,000 MEL)) suffered because of it. A repeat of MOVIE: The Island (63,000) wasn’t even trying.
Seven third in primary (17.4%) and second in network (24.8%) rankings.

7:30 (484,000) and A Wild Ride: 30 Years of Foreign Correspondent (347,000) slide into second in primetime for the ABC, followed by repeats of Louis Theroux’s Altered States (185,000) and Miriam Margolyes: Australia Unmasked (51,000).
ABC fourth in both primary (11.2%) and network (16.1%) rankings.

SBS start their night with a repeat of Billion Pound Bond Street (101,000), then first-run Death of an Icon: Marilyn Monroe (90,000) and The Sean Connery Paradox (118,000), followed by Tour de France Femmes – Stage 5 (50,000).
SBS fifth in both primary (4.3%) and network (8.5%) rankings.


16-39: Neighbours (201,000) beat The Project 7pm, Seven News 6pm, Nine News 6pm, and Seven News 6:30pm.

18-49: Neighbours (397,000) led The Project 7pm, Nine News 6pm, and Seven News 6pm/6:30pm.

25-54: Neighbours (445,000) lands a finale triple demo win, followed by The Project 7pm, Nine News 6pm/6:30pm, and Seven News 6pm.


The Adventures of Paddington – EV (110,000) takes the multi-channel win for ABC Kids/TV Plus.


ServiceTimeO’nights (cume/avg)Note
ABC News7pm-7:30pm597,000
SBS World News6:30pm-7:30pm113,000123,000 6:30pm
103,000 7pm
Seven News6pm-7pm834,000834,000 6pm
833,000 6:30pm
Nine News6pm-7pm844,000855,000 6pm
832,000 6:30pm
10 News First5pm-6:30pm296,000 5pm
234,000 6pm

SBS World News averaged ((6:30pm+7pm)/2) to obtain total program figure.
Seven News/Nine News figures averaged ((6pm+6:30pm)/2) to obtain total program figure.


Sunrise (219,000)
The Today Show (187,000)
ABC Breakfast (170,000 (115,000 ABC; 55,000 ABC News))


Three changes to the previous week’s primetime line-up after the Total TV figures were added: Home and Away – Late (Seven) lifted 28% to 800,000; The Dog House Australia (10) lifted 12% to 665,000; and Thursday Night NRL Live (Nine) lifted 10% to 610,000.

The BVOD best were Home and Away (128,000) and Home and Away – Late (127,000).

Here’s the five shows that lifted the most from their overnight figures:

ProgramNetworkTotal TV% lift
Home and Away – LateSeven800,00028
Home and AwaySeven865,00025
The Front BarSeven492,00017
The Dog House Australia10665,00012
Thursday Night NRL LiveNine610,00010

Primary Channels, Multi-Channels, Shares, Subscription TV, Key Demos, Brekky Battle: All figures Total People, Five City Metro (5CM); overnights only.

Daily Consolidated 7 Total TV: All figures Total People, Consolidated 7 day Five City Metro (5CM) + Regional (Reg) + BVOD (Broadcast Video on Demand); % lift compared to overnight figures.

Top 20 Overnight Metro

Top 20 Multi-Channel Shows

Overnight Network Share

Top 20 Foxtel Shows

Daily Consolidated 7 Total TV Program Rankings

Data © OzTAM Pty Limited 2022. The data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) in whole or in part, without the prior written consent of OzTAM.

Note: Program performance and ranking information subject to change when not based on final program logs. Programs with the same name on one or more primary or multichannel, are aggregated into one network figure.

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Steve Molk
Steve Molk
Steve Molk is sharply focused on the business of TV in Australia across all its formats - FTA broadcast, commercial, subscription, catch up & BVOD. Based on the Central Coast of NSW he's a passionate advocate for Australian-made programming, particularly drama and comedy. He loves podcasting, gaming & watching too much TV. For all media enquiries please call or text 0401-709-405



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