The AFL Footy Show last night paid tribute to a broadcasting pioneer in Lou Richards, with memories shared by Eddie McGuire, Sam Newman, Billy Brownless and Tony Jones.
There were lovely yarns regaled about his antics and knack for putting “showbiz” into the sport. The episode drew its second-best ratings this year in Melbourne & Adelaide and best in Perth, with 461,000 overall (combined with NRL edition later).
It was MasterChef Australia that led the night in entertainment however, with 875,000 / 669,000 across two episodes, down on last week. It topped the demos and pushed TEN’s primary channel to second, with Seven in third.
Seven News topped the night and The Chase continues to hound Hot Seat. Like Nine, the network had a staggered schedule across statelines last night.
Seven Types of Ambiguity lifted on last week for ABC with The Checkout held over for a Budget reply.
Nine network won Thursday with 27.5% then Seven 27.1%, TEN 23.5%, ABC 14.65 and SBS 7.3%.
Nine News (969,000 / 913,000) led for Nine then A Current Affair (736,000), Hot Seat (527,000 / 284,000), The Footy Show (461,000), Thursday Night NRL (400,000 in 2 cities) and RBT (271,000 in 3 cities).
Seven News was #1 for Seven with 1.02m / 957,000 then Home and Away (648,000), The Chase(596,000 / 372,000) and Holiday Horrors Caught on Camera (429,000). The Big Bang Theorywas 208,000 and The Front Bar was 80,000 in 3 cities.
MasterChef Australia drew 875,000 / 669,000 across two episodes for TEN then The Project(643,000 / 389,000), TEN Eyewitness News (473,000), Family Feud (371,000) and Law and Order: SVU (312,000).
ABC News (687,000), 7:30 (355,000), Seven Types of Ambiguity (355,000), Budget 2017: Opposition Reply (327,000) and Joanna Lumley’s Japan (255,000) comprised ABC’s night.
On SBS it was Great British Railway Journeys (334,000), Italy Unpacked (196,000), SBS World News (142,000), The Chef’s Line (111,000) and Medici: Masters of Florence: 98,000.
Shaun the Sheep ruled multichannels with 263,000.