TV Ratings May 15: HYBPA pulls close to 900,000

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

• Final blind audition episode of The Voice helps Nine to a win
• TEN’s Have You Been Paying Attention? close to 900,000

Seven and Nine have now each won a night of week 20 after The Voice helped Nine secure a Monday victory. Nine News and A Current Affair were also big contributors.

House Rules performed best for Seven after 7pm with the Monday episode cracking 900,000.

TEN’s best was Have You Been Paying Attention? which pulled a bigger crowd than MasterChef thanks in part to the attraction of having Mick Molloy trading gags with the rest of the all-star lineup.

Seven

Home and Away started its new week on 759,000 after the soap opera averaged 683,000 last week.

House Rules saw the WA twins Andrew and Jono return to their renovated property to inspect the reno. The Monday episode managed 901,000 after 874,000 a week ago.

Seven Year Switch was just over half a million after two episodes last week averaged 495,000.

Late night with Gordon Ramsay followed with Hotel Hell on 301,000 and then Kitchen Nightmares pulling 199,000.

Nine

A Current Affair started its week over 1m with a show that included an update on the housing crisis. Last week the program averaged 782,000.

The final episode of The Voice‘s blind audition round of episodes kept the series hovering over 1m, after 1.11m on Monday last week. The tunes included hits from Adele, ABBA and Cher with each coach’s team now complete. Next Sunday will see the coaches allowed to change their outfits at last.

Lip Sync Battle averaged 471,000 with one of the clashes featuring Ricky Martin taking on Kate Upton.

An encore screening of The Last Resort episode two did 107,000.

Footy Classified was on 154,000 across three markets with 110,000 watching in Melbourne.

TEN

The Project featured some big stars before 7pm last night with actors Jack Thompson and Rachel Griffiths promoting their new movie Don’t Tell. After 7pm the episode did 709,000.

MasterChef featured a long four-and-a-half-hour bake which saw three people trying to save their spots on the show. Pia Gava did some good work and presented a pretty good looking Rita cake which was made up of 12 separate recipes. However, it wasn’t good enough to save her and one of the early frontrunners has gone. The episode did 868,000 after 861,000 on Monday last week.

Have You Been Paying Attention? set a new audience high with 876,000 after 843,000 last week. Whenever Mick Molloy is on board it is a memorable evening and that was the case last night as he also helped fire up regulars Ed and Sam plus the episode’s other guests Kitty Flanagan and Urzila Carlson.

The return of Prison Break followed with 275,000. The series first aired in 2006 on Seven with a launch audience just under 2m.

ABC

The first of a two-episode Australian Story featuring Lion screenwriter Luke Davies did 658,000 after last week attracting 717,000.

Four Corners featured gun runners with 650,000 watching.

Media Watch reported on news wars in Brisbane and bid its farewell to Mark Colvin for its audience of 643,000.

Q&A then did 435,000, close to last week’s 433,000.

SBS

After three days of Eurovision action, Hair Care Secrets was the 7.30pm attraction with 138,000 on board.

Two episodes of 24 Hours In Emergency followed with an average audience of 168,000.

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