TV Ratings: Seven remains rock solid in week 2

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

• Seven remains rock solid with primary share over 24% each night this week
• Nine’s summer of cricket ends with Aussie victory but smaller crowd
• The Keira v Price show helps push TEN’s Celebrity back above 900,000 
• Charlie Pickering apologises to Joe Hildebrand after satirical cracks last week

Seven has produced a consistent result across week two of survey so far. Each night’s winning share has been just over 24% for the primary channel, opening up a gap between Seven and Nine. Seven was close to six points ahead last night, while its combined channel share was over six points.

Nine’s summer of international cricket ended with the third of the T20 matches. It was an Australian victory, but with the big names in India and Australia already having lost the three-game series, there was not massive interest from viewers.

Partly helped by the cricket, and the star turn from Keira on I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!, TEN had its best share of the week and its second-best since survey started.

The ABC’s primary share was down three points week-on-week to 10.6%.

Seven

Victorian footy friends Mark and Chris opened the first instant restaurant of group three with the two guest judges giving them scores ranging between four for an entrée to eight for a dessert. As the series ends another week, Seven will now heavily promote what it has labelled the “MSG controversy”, which explodes on Sunday.

The midweek MKR ep did 1.16m which is up week-on-week.

No Murder Uncovered last night – viewers who were excited by the few promos that got to air for the Melbourne gangland episode will have to wait. We are guessing it could be a while too given how long these things can take to play out.

Instead Seven showed an episode of Bride & Prejudice, which did 712,000, up on what week two of Murder Uncovered did – 598,000.

Nine

A Current Affair was just under 500,000 with the episode only going into Sydney and Melbourne ahead of the cricket.

The final Twenty20 match between Australia and New Zealand did 591,000. Game 1 of the series did 673,000 on Friday with Game 2 on 698,000 on Sunday.

TEN

I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! pushed just over 900,000 with much to love about the “performances” from Keira and Steve Price. The Macquarie Media radio host and panellist on The Project wants to get out of the camp. Let’s hope the producers and the TV voters keep him there. Meanwhile last night viewers voted he and Keira head to a tucker trial tonight. Could be fun. The midweek episode was up on 841,000 for last Wednesday and was the biggest Wednesday episode ever. The episode won the key demos in Melbourne and it only trailed MKR all people by 12,000 viewers in that market.

Earlier in the night The Project 7pm did 641,000 with no competition from ACA in three metro markets.

Later in the night week three of This Is Us did 559,000, close to last week’s 561,000.

ABC

Wednesday share tumbled week-on-week, but Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery did 603,000, up a little on last week.

The Weekly with Charlie Pickering was down from 580,000 last week to 518,000 last night. The episode included an apology to Joe Hildebrand from Pickering after comments about him on last week’s show. “Joe didn’t ask for an apology, but we thought he deserved one,” said the host toward the end of the episode. The comments caused a minor storm on social media a week ago. Hildebrand responded last night calling the apology sincere and saying all was good with Charlie Pickering.

The launch of Walliams & Friend did 353,000 at 9pm followed by The Last Leg with 283,000.

SBS

Tony Robinson Down Under was on 249,000 followed by The Eighties looking at music from that decade on 240,000.

Vikings then did 195,000.

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