TV Ratings: Seven takes last Sunday of summer

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

• Seven wins last Sunday of summer with lowest-ever score on My Kitchen Rules 
• Married At First Sight and Midsomer Murders make top five for Nine and ABC
• I’m A Celebrity and Kingsman movie give TEN two entries in top 10

Seven has won the last Sunday of summer survey thanks to another ratings-winning audience for My Kitchen Rules, which put the show over 100,000 ahead of its closest competitor. Historically that is a small gap between MKR and the next best, but with a few days of what promise to be memorable episodes it would be an upset if either the Nine or TEN reality formats was able to overtake the Seven series in its second week.

Seven

On My Kitchen Rules, Western Australia flatmates Bek and Ash had a shocker with what was being touted as a fun instant restaurant that would capture the girls’ free-spirited vibe. But a full moon brought nothing but bad vibes as they dished up an awful vegie tart followed by a pathetic-looking piece of snapper. Both dishes attracted a score of just one from each judge. The “highlight” from their menu was a profiterole covered in chocolate sauce. The judges didn’t like the pastry, but they thought the choc sauce was the only good thing they served up all night. The scores for their dessert skyrocketed to a 3 from Pete and a 2 from Manu. When combined with the sores from the other teams, Bek and Ash sit firmly at the bottom of the leader board on just 26 with only a miracle stopping them from an elimination later in the series.

The Sunday night audience of 1.19m kept My Kitchen Rules ranking #1.

Seven went with the 2014 FTA premiere of Interstellar after MKR with 439,000 watching the movie which posed big questions about the meaning of life and space exploration.

Nine

Married At First Sight featured the much-anticipated episode about the runaway bride. The audience of 909,000 was close to last week’s best of 927,000, which the show did on Tuesday last week.

The Nine partnership with Endemol Shine to supersize the format has started well with all episodes over 800,000 and two over 900,000 after just four outings. The show has challenged MKR in both all people and in the key demos.

60 Minutes returned with a new episode with Laurie Oakes talking with Malcolm Turnbull and Peter Overton back hosting the mailbox segment. The show did 774,000, which is a little below its consolidated 2016 average of 846,000.

The second episode of the US Lethal Weapon series did 337,000 after launching with 448,000 a week ago.

TEN

I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! was the channel’s best with 761,000, down on the 963,000 watching the launch episode a week ago.

The biggest audience watching a movie last night turned to TEN with 552,000 tuning into Kingsman: The Secret Service.

ABC

The channel has fast-tracked the 19th season of Midsomer Murders with episode one pulling 815,000 last night to secure a spot in the top five. That helped lift the Sunday channel share to 13.4% after just 5.7% a week ago against the Australian Open.

ABC News was just short of 800,000 and an episode of Grand Designs did 720,000.

SBS

The first episode of the three-part Silk Road did 329,000 to make the top 20 with ease.

Next best was the 8.30pm doco Trump’s Road To The White House with 231,000.

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