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Nine News presenter Greg Pearce. Picture: Matt Jelonek/The West Australian.

Australians preferred to keep abreast of current affairs on Thursday night with the top five shows being news programs.

Nine News, which drew an average of 1.118 million viewers, had a rare mid-week win and Seven News (1.045 million) was second.

ABC News was third with 1.036 million viewers, followed by A Current Affair (941,000) and Today Tonight (913,000).

Big Brother pulled 863,000 viewers for sixth place and its spin-off Big Brother Confidential was close behind.

Seven Network claimed eighth and ninth place with soapie Home And Away (824,000) and Criminal Minds (788,000).

Rake gave the ABC its second Top 10 show in the ratings after attracting 788,000 viewers.

Network Ten's best-rating show was Ten News, which was 14th with 618,000.

Top ratings shows on Thursday

1. Nine News (Nine) - 1.118 million

2. Seven News (Seven) - 1.045 million

3. ABC News (ABC) - 1.036 million

4. A Current Affair (Nine) - 941,000

5. Today Tonight (Seven) - 913,000

6. Big Brother (Nine) - 863,000

7. Big Brother - Confidential - 830,000

8. Home And Away (Seven) - 824,000

9. Criminal Minds (Seven) - 788,000

10. Rake (ABC) - 780,000