TV Ratings April 16: MKR and season final of The Good Doctor gives Seven a post-Comm Games win

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

• Seven leads again as post-Comm Games honeymoon begins
• Nine closes gap with leader, but primary share still under 20%

Seven

Life after the Commonwealth Games means Home And Away returning to the 7pm slot with a first-up audience of 784,000.

The Ultimate Instant Restaurant round kicked off on My Kitchen Rules with episode 36. After the bumper Sunday audience of 1.30m, Monday was on 1.25m. Sisters Jess and Emma fell apart under pressure and were dragged over the coals for their skanky scallops, average arancini and botched brûlée.

The season final of The Good Doctor delivered an audience of 855,000. While well short of the program’s best during its first season, it cements the show’s position as the hottest drama on television by a long way.

7mate’s Talking Footy did 89,000 across three markets with 56,000 in Melbourne.

Nine

A Current Affair host Tracy Grimshaw was in a chopper on the show last night reporting on the story of Tony and Leigh Lethbridge who were living their worst nightmare when their teenage son Sam went missing. The episode was on 859,000 after a week 15 average of 703,000.

Episode 2 of The Voice season 7 found a few more unsigned singers who will move to the next stage of the competition. The numbers for the first two of three episodes to be shown this week:

Sunday 1.02m
Monday 930,000

Lip Sync Battle then returned to the schedule with Neil Patrick Harris one of the performers in an episode that did 502,000.

The late night football shows saw 100% Footy on 76,000 with 49,000 in Sydney.

Footy Classified did 140,000 with 94,000 in Melbourne.

TEN

Joel Creasey and James Bay were guests on The Project with 570,000 at 7pm after a week 15 average of 436,000.

The second night of Apollo on Bachelor In Paradise did 676,000 after an audience of 673,000 on Monday last week.

TEN went with a Monday movie after 9pm as it showed Father Of The Bride from 1991 to 182,000.

ABC

Dear Emma was the name of the Australian Story episode telling the story of Emma Betts and her cancer battle, which she turned into her war on the biggest cancer killer. The audience was 594,000.

The secretive world of Cambridge Analytica was featured on Four Corners with 583,000 watching.

Media Watch looked at the Sunrise demos and medical marijuana for its audience of 594,000.

Q&A then did 390,000 with guests including Senator Mitch Fifield and Missy Higgins.

SBS

A doco series on Queen Elizabeth launched at 7.30pm with 266,000.

Series 3, episode 2 of Trust Me, I’m A Doctor was followed by 24 Hours In Emergency with both shows on close to 240,000.

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