TV Ratings March 22: Seven breaks Nine’s week 12 winning streak

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

• Seven breaks Nine’s week 12 winning streak with MKR #1 on 1.13m
• Planet Earth up 100,000 for Nine as AFL Footy Show lifts…on a Wednesday
• FTA launch of The Night Manager sets 2017 primary share survey high for SBS

Seven took top spot last night with its best share this week and its second-highest share in a month after a 25.2% on Wednesday last week.
The midweek audience trend has seen audiences drifting back to Seven with no Married At First Sight in the Nine schedule.
Seven was also the clear leader in combined channel share.

Seven

Home and Away recorded its smallest audience this week with 720,000 last night after 723,000 on Monday.
My Kitchen Rules screened the final location challenge of the series with Tim and Kyle winning. Judges Pete and Colin last night decided Mark and Chris plus Brett and Marie were the weakest teams and they will now compete to stay in the competition. The midweek audience was on 1.13m, an improvement on the previous Wednesday of 1.07m.
Million Dollar Cold Case followed on 588,000, down from its launch audience of 644,000 a week ago.

Nine

A Current Affair drifted just below 800,000, which was still enough to rank #1 at 7pm. Lauren Golman reported on paper-thin TV screens with Nine tech expert Trevor Long contributing.

Planet Earth II is a big hit according to the critics on Gogglebox Australia which screened on Foxtel last night and will lift TEN’s numbers tonight. Planet Earth lifted week-on-week to 684,000, which is the best audience since it launched with 738,000 in week seven.
Sydney viewers then got Murder Calls with 140,000, with 92,000 also watching in Brisbane.
Because the AFL begins tonight, Melbourne viewers got a midweek edition of The AFL Footy Show. Wednesday usually mean, lower numbers, but last night the show had 224,000 watching after audiences under 200,000 for its previous two episodes.

TEN

The channel made it into double figures with The Project 7pm its best on 529,000. Rachel Corbett in a wetsuit and Jake Gyllenhaal were among the highlights.
The Biggest Loser: Transformed was on 374,000 as it snuck into the top 20.
This Is Us did 386,000 after 444,000 last week.

ABC

Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery was next best after ABC News with 550,000 watching the host visit the childhood of Tim Ferguson.
The Weekly with Charlie Pickering was on 505,000 after 519,000 last week.
Miranda Richardson was the friend on Walliams And Friend, which was down from 306,000 to 292,000 week-on-week.
Adam Hills: The Last Leg did 208,000.

SBS

The channel recorded its equal highest share on any night since week two and its best Wednesday of the year.
Pulling the viewers was the FTA TV launch of The Night Manager, which started with 325,000, trailing Great Continetal Railway Journeys’ Tuesday audience by just 2,000.
Earlier in the night, part two of Digging For Britain’s Secrets did 219,000.

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