TV Ratings March 9: Nine wins Thursday with NRL and Hutchy on Footy Show

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

• Nine the east coast champ, Seven #1 Adelaide, TEN #1 Perth

The second week of the NRL season has given Nine successive Thursday wins. Its performance this week was helped by the return of the AFL Footy Show with new co-host Craig Hutchison joining Rebecca Maddern at the desk.

Nine ranked #1 in each east coast capital.

Seven took top spot in Adelaide where Seven News and Mighty Trains pulled the biggest audiences.

TEN was the winner in Perth as Steve Price‘s Celebrity exit and Gogglebox pushed its share higher both in that market and across the network.


Home and Away‘s mini Thursday marathon was under 600,000 last night, as it was last week too on Thursday.

Mighty Trains was in the Swiss Alps just two days after Michael Portillo‘s visit there on SBS. The episode did 460,000, which was close to the previous week’s 470,000.


A Current Affair was broadcast into four markets with no Brisbane last night because of the NRL. The episode did 562,000.

Thursday Night NRL did 363,000 with 197,000 in Sydney and 166,000 in Brisbane.

In Melbourne the AFL Footy Show returned for 2017 with new co-host Hutchy igniting plenty of social media commentary – good and bad. The show returned with 199,000 in Melbourne.

After the football in Sydney, the NRL Footy Show did 98,000.


The channel’s best night of the week saw The Project 7pm on 516,000.

I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! did 746,000 to start with. Then the crowds swelled to 890,000 for the jungle departure of Steve Price. His exit interview could be one of the highlights on The Project tonight.

Gogglebox then managed to grow its big audience of 714,000 last week to 728,000 last night.


Dream Gardens lifted its weekly audience significantly – climbing from 503,000 to 571,000 last night.

Also up was Newton’s Law – turning last week’s 455,000 into 480,000.


Michael Portillo again commanded the channel’s biggest audience for the second time in three days with Great British Rail Journeys on 292,000.

The numbers nearly halved then for Destination Flavour Singapore with 159,000.

Sugar Free Farm then dipped to 127,000 at 8.30pm.

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