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Neighbours finale tops the ratings in Australia for Channel 10


Neighbours finale tops the ratings in Australia: Soap draws big numbers for the first time in over a decade as viewers tune in to see returning favourites

The all-star series finale of Neighbours saw the long-running Australian soap win the television ratings for the first time in more than a decade.

The episode, which was simulcast on Channel 10 and 10 Peach, drew 873,000 metro viewers across both stations, largely thanks to the cast of returning favourites such as Guy Pearce, Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan.

No other entertainment program came close to Neighbours as it wrapped up its historic 37-year run with a 90-minute special, reports TV Blackbox.

The all-star series finale of Neighbours saw the long-running Australian soap win the television ratings for the first time in more than a decade. (Picture: Guy Pearce and Annie Jones)

The all-star series finale of Neighbours saw the long-running Australian soap win the television ratings for the first time in more than a decade. (Picture: Guy Pearce and Annie Jones)

It was the most-watched program overall on the night and convincingly won all key demographics between ages 16 and 54.

The finale also drew Neighbours’ best audience since July 2009, according to Mediaweek.

Channel 10 current affairs show the Project also drew 438,000 viewers in the major cities in the 7pm slot on Thursday.

Home and Away on Channel Seven put in a good fight as it went head to head with its long-time rival, drawing 429,000 metro viewers.

The broadcast drew 873,000 metro viewers for Channel 10, largely thanks to the cast of returning favourites such as Guy Pearce, Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan

The broadcast drew 873,000 metro viewers for Channel 10, largely thanks to the cast of returning favourites such as Guy Pearce, Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan 

Over on Nine, just 355,000 NRL fans tuned into see the Manly Sea Eagles lose 10-20 to the Roosters in a game overshadowed by the recent rainbow-flag jersey furore.

Meanwhile, the ABC continued its 90th birthday celebrations on Thursday with A Wild Ride: 30 Years of Foreign Correspondent.

The special episode of the global affairs magazine program drew 347,000 viewers.

No other entertainment program came close to Neighbours as it wrapped up its historic 37-year run with a 90-minute special episode. (Pictured: Minogue and Donovan)

No other entertainment program came close to Neighbours as it wrapped up its historic 37-year run with a 90-minute special episode. (Pictured: Minogue and Donovan)

Meanwhile, breakfast television remained a tight race on Thursday.

Channel Seven’s Sunrise is still number one, drawing 219,000 viewers in the metro ratings against Nine’s Today show, which had 187,000.

ABC Breakfast brought in 170,000 viewers in the major centres.

Channel 10 finished the night in third place overall with a 24 per cent market share, a disappointment given Neighbours’ blitz of the competition.

Nine won the night with a 26.7 per cent share, with Seven a close second on 24.8 per cent.

Channel 10 current affairs show the Project also drew 438,000 viewers in the major cities in the 7pm slot on Thursday

Channel 10 current affairs show the Project also drew 438,000 viewers in the major cities in the 7pm slot on Thursday 

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