TV Ratings May 23: Nine wins third consecutive night as Love Child surges

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

• The Voice helps Nine to its third consecutive win as Love Child surges
• Reality franchises close together, but MasterChef well ahead in demos
• Recycled crowd: War On Waste delivers another 750,000+ ABC audience

See full ratings here on the Mediaweek Morning Report.

Nine has kept top spot with all people with its biggest winning margin of the week. Nine was a big winner in Sydney and Melbourne, a small winner in Brisbane, with Seven taking top spot in Adelaide and Perth.

Seven was also a winner in combined channel share. Three multichannels recorded share over 3% last night, with ONE the leader on 3.3% where episodes of M*A*S*H helped set up the victory.

Seven’s best after the News was House Rules on just over 900,000.

TEN’s MasterChef narrowly trailed the Seven and Nine reality offerings at 7.30pm, but MasterChef was well ahead when carving up the key demo results.

KEO Films’ War On Waste found another big audience for the second episode with the show the most-watched of any program starting after 8.30pm.


Home and Away had a second night this week close to 750,000.

House Rules dropped away a little after two nights just over 1m. The Tuesday episode did 914,000 as work started on another property. Seven is promising the row of the year tonight, which could be something on a show that often takes bitching to a new level.

The second episode of Seven Year Switch just made it to 600,000 for the second consecutive night.

Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares was on 340,000 followed by The Amazing Race on 126,000.


A Current Affair was just short of 900,000 with the show beginning with coverage of the Manchester bombing, which included Tracy Grimshaw speaking live with Malcolm Turnbull. Later on in the episode reporter Chris Allen was in Bali on the trail of the soon-to-return Schapelle Corby.

The Voice featured a third episode this week with another round of Knockouts. The audience was under 1m, but the crowd was nearly three times the size of the audience watching The Last Resort in the slot last week. Tonight Nine flips Britain’s Got Talent into the 7.30pm timeslot.

Love Child relished a better lead-in with the drama series audience climbing to 597,000 after 460,000 last week.

Operation Thailand was then on 277,000 after 237,000 last week.


Tom Cruise was the star attraction on The Project last night where he shared the desk with Amanda Keller. After 7pm the episode did 649,000, down slightly on the audience watching Rosso on the Monday night!

MasterChef offered three immunity pins for the contestants if they managed to win the battle against the professional chefs. Two of the three didn’t even get close before judge Gary Mehigan teased the audience with the result in the third cook-off. No pin there either with Angélique Peretto narrowly outscoring contestant Sam Goodwin. The Tuesday immunity challenge did 899,000, short of last Tuesday’s 1.04m. MasterChef performs a lot better in the slot against The Last Resort.

NCIS was under 500,000 after 666,000 last week.

NCIS: Los Angeles then did 347,000.


The second episode of The War On Waste was neck-and-neck with ABC News last night as both shows did just over 750,000. It was the second good result in two episodes and War On Waste has reasonable figures in the demos too.

The second episode of Ask The Doctor did 452,000 after launching with 520,000 a week ago.


Great Continental Railway Journeys was in Italy with 292,000 watching after 343,000 were on board for Spain last week.

Guest host Sarah Abo then fronted a special episode of Insight on autism with 206,000 watching.

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