TV Ratings May 1: Nine regains momentum with The Voice

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

• Nine regains momentum after Seven’s big Sunday: The Voice #1 at 7.30pm
• TEN records equal best Monday share as MasterChef launches with 1.06m
• Audience plunges for episode two of House Rules: 1m becomes 606,000

It was a night of changing fortunes for the FTA broadcasters.

Nine took back top spot after dominating most of the previous week. Nine had to take second place on Sunday though, but it sprang back to #1 as The Voice asserted itself as the #1 program at 7.30pm.

However, The Voice only narrowly out-rated the return of MasterChef at 7.30pm as the returning series debuted with 1.06m. That gave TEN its equal best Monday share of the survey year and saw TEN slip into second place ahead of Seven in Melbourne.

Seven had a shocker with its lowest Monday share since week 2 back in January. The cause of the problem was the small audience watching the second episode of House Rules, which lost out big time to both The Voice and MasterChef at 7.30pm.

Seven

Home and Away started its new week on 722,000 after a week 17 average of 736,000.

The second episode of House Rules did just 606,000 after the new season launched on Sunday sandwiched between Seven News and the My Kitchen Rules final with 1.0m. The format has started low in the past and has managed to rebuild and it has that challenge ahead of it now.

An episode of Seven Year Switch followed on 465,000 after the Monday episode last week did 493,000.

The night then belonged to Gordon Ramsay with Ramsay’s Hotel Hell on 245,000 followed by Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA on 164,000.

Nine

A Current Affair started its new week with some exclusive footage of the notorious Apex gang on camera. The Monday episode did a massive 1.01m, its best this year, after a week 17 average audience of 802,000 which was up from 782,000 the week prior.

The second Monday of The Voice did 1.16m after 1.18m for the launch episode on Monday last week.

Nine then went to an Elton John Brits special from 2013 despite some guides indicating the Bee Gees Grammy Salute concert. The Elton John outing had 475,000 watching.

TEN

The launch of MasterChef season nine pushed the channel higher with a launch audience of 1.06m. The show featured some very impressive cooks on debut, starting with a 19-year-old who wooed the judges and then ended with an 18-year-old who also left them (almost) speechless.

The three MasterChef judges also appeared on The Project 7pm, which did 653,000 which is amongst the biggest audiences this year.

An encore screening of a recent This Is Us episode followed with 236,000 ahead of new episodes resuming midweek.

ABC

Australian Story nearly made it into the top 10 with 685,000 watching the amazing story of maths teacher Eddie Woo.

Media Watch did 668,000 with Four Corners on 607,000. The series was looking at athletes after they retire from their sports, issues also explored recently on two episodes of Insight on SBS.

SBS

SBS World News had the channel’s biggest audience with 171,000.

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