Fans of Neighbours will have noticed that their favourite weeknight show has a new home this year — it moved from the Ten Network to its new digital channel, Eleven, but remained in the same timeslot. It was placed by Ten Evening News, a state-based news program that’s hosted by Sandra Sully and follows 6pm With George Negus. This was part of the Ten Network’s strategy to have a stronger focus on news, meaning each weeknight there’s a two-hour block of news-related programming starting with the usual 5pm bulletin. It also means the Ten Network has programs that directly compete with Channel Seven and the Nine Network’s current affairs shows in the same timeslot. But it seems it could be a news overload, with Neighbours (311,000 viewers) beating Ten Evening News (310,000 viewers) at the 6:30pm timeslot. It’s the first time a digital channel has outrated its main channel counterpart. With so many other news programs on offer, would you rather watch Neighbours or news?
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