TV Ratings: Seven starts second survey week at #1

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

• After close combat last week, Seven starts second survey week #1
• My Kitchen Rules records biggest Sunday audience of 2017: 1.23m
• I’m A Celebrity top five and TEN’s best with its second-best Sunday

Seven has started the second week of survey with a bigger lead than it had on the first Sunday of survey a week ago.

Seven won the first week of survey in both primary channel and combined channel share. However, the margins were the smallest they have been for many years. In primary channel share Seven was ahead of Nine by 0.7 of a point, while in combined channel share Seven was ahead by just 0.2 of a point.

Seven’s Sunday share of 24.9% came off the back of the second part of Hoges and the start of the fourth week of My Kitchen Rules.

Nine relied on the Twenty/20 cricket with no Married At First Sight or 60 Minutes in the schedule.

Ten relied heavily on I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here with Sunday share up week-on-week.

Seven

My Kitchen Rules had its best Sunday this season with over 1.23m as Queenslanders Della and Tully turned on their best cooking for their main course of smoked duck which earned seven out of 10 from both judges.

The second part of the Hoges miniseries wasn’t nearly as entertaining as the first although it managed to pull almost identical audience numbers – 837,000 last week versus 839,000 last night. Most of the crucial storyline surrounding the Aussie hero was covered last week giving viewers last night more time to contemplate the wig that was almost more discussed than the series.

Seven then had an encore screening of the second episode of Murder Uncovered to 191,000.

Nine

The second of three Twenty/20 matches between Australia and Sri Lanka had an average of 698,000 watching Sri Lanka grab its second win from the last ball of its 20 overs. Game one on Friday night did 673,000.

TEN

I’m A Celebrity was the lone warrior for the channel with the second-biggest Sunday night audience since the series launched four Sundays ago. The regular episode did 861,000 before the numbers edged higher to 908,000 for the elimination of Jay Laga’aia.

Celebrity was the only program over 400,000 with Bondi Rescue on 322,000 and Family Feud Sunday on 310,000.

Ten News did 358,000 at 5pm.

ABC

Midsomer Murders was the leader for the channel with 805,000.

Joining the UK crime drama in the top 10 were ABC News on 780,000 and Grand Designs on 757,000.

SBS

The final episode of The Silk Road did 264,000 and helped the channel to its best Sunday share in five weeks.

The second of the two-part Trump’s Divided States of America was on 242,000 after 224,000 a week prior.

SBS World News did 151,000.

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