TV Ratings April 10: Swimming finals gives Seven another Comm Games high

Mediaweek editor James Manning looks at last night’s TV ratings.

Seven's Basil Zempilas, Giaan Rooney and Ian Thorpe

• Another Comm Games audience high as swimmers enjoy fairytale finish
• New biggest night of competition as Seven primary share hits 34.2%


For the third successive night, Seven has set a new high for its primetime Commonwealth Games coverage with the metro average audience going close to 1.5m for the final night in the pool. Seven’s commentating team led by Basil Zempilas again proved to be the best in the business as the swimmers turned it on big time to end the night with successive relay gold medals.

There was plenty of action from the athletics in the stadium too with heavy rain causing havoc for competitors and officials.

Commonwealth Games on Seven

April 4: Opening Ceremony 2.0m, Primetime primary share 43.8%

April 5: Night 1 1.23m/1.16m, Afternoon 554k, Day 418k, Primetime primary share 33.0%

April 6: Night 2 1.01/1.09m, Late night 566k, Afternoon 468k, Primetime primary share 30.7%

April 7: Night 3 979/973k Late night 499k, Afternoon 583k, Day 471k Primetime primary share 32.3%

April 8: Night 4 1.24/1.24m, Afternoon 710k, Day 482k, Late night 466k, Primetime primary share 31.4%

April 9: Night 5 1.33/1.45m, Late 539k, Afternoon 458k, Day 321k, Primetime primary share 29.2%

April 10: Night 6 1.24m/1.48m Late 624k, Afternoon 515k, Day 341k, Primetime primary share 34.2%


A Current Affair had a second successive night close to 750,000.

The Young Sheldon and Big Bang Theory combo then did 745,000 and 620,000.

Nine is running a James Bond film festival this week with 2012’s Skyfall screening to 365,000 last night.


The Project 7pm was again just under 500,000 with Nazeem Hussain one of the guests.

Bachelor In Paradise again delivered the channel’s biggest audience with 676,000.

Hughesy, We Have A Problem then did 438,000.


The Checkout was on 419,000 with Craig Reucassel shining a light on solar power.

Episode two of the three-part Employable Me did 400,000.


The final part of The Tsar And The Empress did 154,000 followed by Insight on 160,000.


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