TV Ratings May 16: Craig Reucassel’s War On Waste a timeslot winner

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

• Seven wins with three in top 10: News, Home & Away, House Rules
• TEN’s MasterChef back over 1m as immunity win draws a big crowd
• Craig Reucassel’s War On Waste a timeslot winner for ABC & KEO Films
• The Last Resort running out of chances at Nine with episode three fail
• Multichannel shootout: Return of Outback Truckers rolls over Hockers debut

A second successive Tuesday share of 19.1% has been a winner again for Seven despite the channel not having timeslot winners at 7pm, 7.30pm or 8.30pm. Seven’s overall performance though got it across the line with wins in all metro markets except Melbourne where TEN was #1.

TEN was the champion in the key 7.30pm timeslot with a MasterChef immunity challenge pushing the audience back above 1m for the first time since the launch episode. That helped TEN to record its best Tuesday survey share this year.

The big improver of the night however was ABC with the first episode of KEO Films’ War On Waste winning its 8.30pm timeslot and pulling an audience over 750,000 – something that doesn’t happen much at the ABC these days in that slot on any night.

Nine has persisted with The Last Resort at 7.30pm but it cost it big time last night with share dropping week-on-week from 15.7% to 15.4% setting a new Tuesday low. Nine finished third in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide and was in fourth place in Perth in single figures.


The Tuesday night Home and Away audience was on 708,000 after 759,000 on Monday night this week.

House Rules was just over 800,000 after 795,000 on Tuesday a week ago.

Seven Year Switch was again just over half a million with its second episode this week.

Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares was on 301,000 followed by The Amazing Race with 97,000.

There was a local content shootout on the multichannels last night, with 7mate’s 8.30pm win contributing to Seven’s combined channel share win.

7mate’s series return of Prospero Productions’ Outback Truckers at 8.30pm did 178,000, easily outperforming the debut of 9GO!’s Meet The Hockers at 8.30pm with 98,000.


Among the stories on A Current Affair for the audience of 908,000 was an update on the case against A Current Affair reporter Ben McCormack. We overestimated the Monday audience however – the show actually started the week on 917,000.

The Last Resort has held down the 7.30pm Tuesday slot for a second week despite its poor start. The Tuesday audience of 414,000 last week dropped to 383,000. That is way off the pace with the show ranked fourth across the network and fifth in Melbourne where SBS outperformed it.

Love Child continues to be collateral damage with The Last Resort as a lead-in. The Playmaker Media drama had 460,000 watching, down from 521,000 last week. The series debuted in week 18 on 620,000.

WTFN’s Operation Thailand had another cast of interesting characters spending their hard earned on medical procedures. Despite that the show did 169,000 after 281,000 last week.


The Project 7pm dropped under 700,000 with Stephen Curry the celebrity guest in its second half hour where he revealed what it was like to play a serial killer in his new movie Hounds Of Love.
MasterChef first asked the three contestants fighting for an immunity pin to make a waffle. Eloise won that challenge and then she managed to defeat a professional chef to win the first immunity pin of this season. The audience loved the episode with 1.04m the show’s best since the 2017 launch audience of 1.06m.

NCIS followed with 667,000, which is its best since July last year.

A new episode of NCIS: New Orleans followed at around 9.30pm with 488,000 which is that show’s best since November 2014.


The channel’s best Tuesday this year started with ABC News on 756,000 and then 7.30 on 534,000.

The debut of WTFN’s Ask The Doctor drew a reasonable crowd of just over 500,000 for what was an informative 30 minutes of medical information.

The audience then grew to a very impressive 759,000 after 8.30pm for the debut of KEO Films’ War On Waste hosted by Craig Reucassel. The program found an engaged audience with its eye-opening stories about the amount of food that is wasted in Australia every day.

Also performing well was a special edition of Foreign Correspondent paying tribute to the great work reporter Mark Colvin did on the road. The episode was just over half a million after the episode last week had 329,000 watching.


Michael Portillo was in Spain last night on Great Continental Rail Journeys with 340,000 watching the repeat episode. As suggested last week he didn’t host the week’s number one show on the channel, but he did manage to outrate one of the two Eurovision semifinals screened in primetime last Friday and Saturday.

A repeat episode of Insight then did 207,000 followed by Dateline on 118,000.

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