TV Ratings April 5: Seven leads by nearly 10 points

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

• Seven records second-best share since Australian Open Men’s Final
• Two episodes of Million Dollar Cold Case join MKR in lifting Seven
• TEN’s Graham Norton Show outrates Nine’s Planet Earth at 7.30pm
• Breakfast shows give away $200,000+ as Karl joins Nat in Rockhampton

Seven was close to 10 points ahead of Nine last night in primary share thanks to continued big audiences for My Kitchen Rules. The network’s primary channel was well ahead in all markets. In Perth Seven was on 32.0%, close to the combined primary shares for Nine, TEN and ABC.

TEN had some better news at 7.30pm where Graham Norton managed to narrowly outrate David Attenborough although both programs were under half a million.
Stargazing performed well again for ABC too with another 500,000+ audience for the hour at 8.30pm.

Breakfast TV on the road: Wednesday – Day 4

Nine’s Today hit the Victorian coastal hamlet of Inverloch this morning. There was no Karl on that location, but Tim Gilbert was alongside Lisa Wilkinson and Richard Wilkins in a local caravan park.

After Seven’s Natalie Barr returned to Australia to cover the Queensland flood crisis on Sunrise, Karl Stefanovic has split from the Today road trip to visit Rockhampton to be on location for what both breakfast shows labelled “Rocky’s D-Day”.

After $90,000 was won by a Sunrise viewers this week, Today this morning saw $140,000 won by a viewer.

Sunrise started with Kochie and Sam on the front of a train travelling through Forth Worth, Texas. The show was all about cowboys and the wild west with weather presenter Sam Mac in San Antonio and sports presenter Mark Beretta in Houston. Natalie Barr was still on location in Rockhampton for Seven and Thursday Sunrise guests included Lleyton Hewitt talking about the Davis Cup clash with the USA that Seven is covering this weekend.

After Sunrise viewers had the chance to choose between visits to three southern US cities for the Friday program, they chose New Orleans for the final stop on the USA Mystery Tour.
The Wednesday breakfast ratings saw Sunrise again take top spot on 314,000 with Today on 289,000.


Home and Away’s midweek outing did 691,000.

My Kitchen Rules continues to court controversy with more action in the dining room than in the kitchen. Midwives Karen and Ros delivered a well-received main course, but underperformed with their other dishes and they subsequently sit on the bottom of the leaderboard. The Wednesday episode did 1.33m

Still no million dollars have changed hands on Million Dollar Cold Case, but Seven has reported this morning there have been helpful leads to a case covered on the program last week. Two episodes were broadcast last night ahead of the Easter survey break with the first on 655,000 and the second holding up well with 560,000.


A Current Affair continued what is turning into a good week with a midweek audience of 858,000 after 755,000 on Wednesday last week.

Planet Earth II took a tumble despite the endorsement of the Gogglebox critics again this week. The program did 446,000 for what seemed like a compilation episode of the Planet Earth II Diary segments. Last week’s episode did 576,000.

Nine’s 2015 movie San Andreas did 384,000.


The Project was just over 500,000 with Denise Scott and Judith Lucy providing some laughs at the end of the program.

The Graham Norton Show did 465,000 for an episode featuring Patrick Stewart and Hugh Jackman. That is quite a turnaround in the timeslot after TBL: Transformed managed only 251,000 a week ago on Wednesday night.

This Is Us was then on 388,000 after 336,000 a week ago.


The channel’s week 14 midweek share of 12.1% was its best since week seven’s 13.7%.

Stargazing Live helped the numbers although cloudy conditions didn’t lead to much live stargazing. The episode did 546,000 with a guest appearance from Adam Hills on Skype from London.

Earlier in the night the final episode of Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery spent time with Ronny Chieng with 467,000 watching.

Stargazing Live pushed The Weekly back to a 9.30pm start with 373,000 seeing Tom Gleeson‘s Hard Chat segment having fun with Sophie Monk.


24 Hours In Emergency performed best at 8.30pm with 224,000.

The Night Manager did 169,000 at 9.30pm while the first of Digging For Britain’s Secrets at 7.30pm did 198,000.

The third episode of The Chefs’ Line did 84,000 at 6pm. The last remaining contestant takes on the head chef tonight.

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