News tops night; Aria Awards fail to hit the right note

Rachael Micallef
By Rachael Micallef | 27 November 2015

Ten's showing of the glitzy Aria Awards only picked up 461,000 viewers, according to the overnight OzTam ratings, with news and current affairs programs taking the top seven ranking positions.

Seven News topped a quiet night for the ratings with 933,000 viewers followed by Nine News on 910,000 viewers.

The Arias, which this year featured Tina Arena calling out ageism in music in her Hall of Fame speech, was the 18th most watched show of the night while a showing of the red carpet of the awards was the 20th show of the night with only 406,000 viewers tuning in.

The numbers were a drop from last year, where Ten said that for the first hour of the show it had 664,000 viewers, with the overall show coming out at 571,000. Last year it also picked up 602,000 viewers for the red carpet segment.

Seven's Inside Queen Mary 2 was the ninth most watched show of the night with 642,000 viewers, while Nine's Alisa and Lysandra to the Rescue was the 11th most watched show with 583,000 viewers.

However the Aria Awards topped the 16-39 demographic according to the figures. In the 18-49 age bracket Alisa and Lysandra To the Rescue topped the demographic, while Nine News won the 25-54 age bracket.

Seven won the night with 31.6% audience share followed by Nine on 25.7%. Ten picked up 20.4% audience share, followed by ABC on 16.4% and SBS on 6.0%.

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