TV Ratings April 27: Nine wins fifth consecutive night

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

• Nine wins fifth consecutive night with live NRL and AFL Footy Show
• Underwhelming numbers: Wedding Surprises and MasterChef special
• Seven Types of Ambiguity drops below 400,000 on ABC
• Michael Portillo’s Peterborough train trip gives SBS best Thursday share

Nine has won the first five nights of the new survey week. The latest victory comes with the combo of NRL live and the AFL Footy Show, which managed to crack 200,000 in Melbourne for a second consecutive week.

Big audiences were very hard to come by elsewhere with disappointing numbers for Seven’s clip special Wedding Surprises and TEN’s MasterChef special.

SBS had its best Thursday share of the year – 6.1% – thanks to an audience over 300,000 for Great British Railway Journeys.


Home and Away ended its week on 745,000, which is a good Thursday number.

The premiere of Wedding Surprises: Caught On Camera disappointed in content and ratings with 439,000 with clips that looked somehow familiar.

Seven then screened the 2014 movie Guardians Of The Galaxy to 455,000.


A Current Affair kept the audience over 800,000 for the Thursday episode.

Live NRL then screened in Sydney (215,000) and Brisbane (242,000).

Other markets saw an hour of RBT with 353,000 viewers.

The AFL Footy Show did 208,000 in Melbourne while the Logie-winning NRL Footy Show screened after the match to 89,000 in Sydney.


The Project 7pm managed 538,000.

A MasterChef special followed – Ordinary People. Extraordinary Food – with 453,000 watching.

A new episode of Law & Order: SVU then did 384,000 followed by a repeat on 236,000.


At 8pm The Checkout did 517,000.

Seven Types Of Ambiguity dipped again – down from 424,000 a week ago to 397,000 last night. Last week’s episode did pick up an extra 84,000 viewers in metro Consolidated 7 data.


Great British Railway Journeys saw host Michael Portillo hopping off trains between Welwyn Garden City and Peterborough with 309,000 watching. Both of Portillo’s shows were the channel’s top two last week and it could be the case again this week.

At 8.30pm the premiere of Medici: Masters Of Florence did 240,000.

Elsewhere on the channel the final of another competition week on The Chefs’ Line did 61,000 at 6pm.

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