TV Ratings May 20: First night of live rounds on The Voice takes Nine to #1

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

• First live night of The Voice competition proves a winner for Nine
• Nigella helps bump MasterChef Sunday audience 90,000 week-on-week
• Here comes House Rules: Audience jumps 100,000, biggest this season


Sunday night on House Rules and the judges arrived in Queensland where the teams brought the Hamptons into Mel and Dave’s Gold Coast home. There were tears and low scores with wake-up calls for some of the contestants. The audience liked what it saw with the audience climbing to just under 800,000, the best for this season.

No audience growth though for the second week of Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted To You, which slipped to 488,000 after launching a week ago with 731,000.


The Voice went well over time with a finish after 9.30pm and Luke Antony and Brock Ashby sang off to survive. A strong performance secured Brock a spot in the next live final. There were some great and not-so-great singers last night with Boy George having the best grip on reality with his comments. The audience of 885,000 was down over 100,000 on a week ago and might slip further when time corrected as the show ran over by close to 45 minutes.

60 Minutes posted a figure of 777,000, which will possibly slip significantly as it started over 30 minutes late beginning with coverage from London with Allison Langdon.


Lisa Wilkinson was again reporting from London for The Sunday Project with 472,000 ranking it in the top 10, yet the show was just under last Sunday’s 490,000.

Nigella Lawson week started on MasterChef and she managed to keep the show #1 in the key demos. The all people Monday audience was up close to 90,000 week-on-week to 811,000.

Roseanne then did 406,000 after 298,000 a week ago.

NCIS was on 287,000.


Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth met David Attenborough on The Queen’s Green Planet, which did 654,000.

The second of the three-part Agatha Christie’s Ordeal By Innocence was on 464,000.

A doco on the 2015 Met Gala took a long time to get here with special The First Monday In May featuring Baz Luhrmann and Anna Wintour in starring roles with 125,000 watching.


A repeat of Riddle Of Petra was on 193,000 at 7.30pm.

A repeat of Yeti Man, Myth Or Beast then did 182,000 at 8.30pm.

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