TV Ratings May 29: House Rules posts a new 2017 audience high

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

• House Rules posts a new 2017 audience high as Seven wins
• Nine’s The Voice chooses final 12, but to smallest audience ever
• TEN’s Have You Been Paying Attention? outrates MasterChef

See full ratings figures on the Mediaweek Morning Report here.

Quite a few standout performers and a few disappointments too.

Seven managed to win its second successive night, but this time with a 3.0 point margin ahead of Nine after a close Sunday competition.

Nine saw The Voice record its smallest-ever audience as the program settled on the final 12. However, there was good news for the numbers watching Nine’s Hot Seat and later A Current Affair.

At TEN, Have You Been Paying Attention? managed to outrate its lead-in, MasterChef Australia.


Home and Away started its week on 800,000 after its week 21 average of 719,000.

Following the Troy and Bec Sunday night storm-out, the homeowners reveal pulled a season high audience for House Rules – 1.27m. That is up over 200,000 week-on-week after 1.02m a week ago.

The bigger lead-in was good news for Seven Year Switch with last week’s average of 605,000 turning into 660,000 last night.

Late night Gordon Ramsay saw Hotel Hell on 374,000 and then Kitchen Nightmares USA on 208,000.


At 5pm Hot Seat recorded its best survey numbers of the year with 605,000.

After 7pm A Current Affair did 993,000, which was its second-best result this year. Tracy Grimshaw hosted a live interview with reporter Dan Nolan for the latest on the Queensland police shooting while items later covered the bank tax and stocktake sales.

The Voice then sorted out its top 12 performers who will be taking part in the live shows, but the audience of 947,000 was the smallest ever for the show.

Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour went to air in Sydney and Brisbane with just 100,000 watching.

Footy Classified aired in AFL markets to 208,000 with 157,000 in Melbourne. That is getting very close to the audience of 161,000 watching The Footy Show in Melbourne last Wednesday.


Bernard Fanning was a guest on the start of a new week for The Project with 621,000 watching after 7pm.

The elimination challenge on MasterChef ended with Trent going home. The Monday audience of 765,000 was down on last week’s 936,000, which was the channel’s biggest audience in week 21.

Dilruk Jayasinha was a special guest on TEN’s most-watched Monday program Have You Been Paying Attention? The show was down a little on the two previous weeks, but it managed to make it three successive weeks over 800,000.

Later in the night Prison Break was on 172,000.


Australian Story did 652,000 with the story of the heart bus and Dr Rolf Gomes.

Four Corners was on 580,000 with part two of its Lindt siege special. Part one did 604,000 last week.

Media Watch did 588,000 and included items about Alan Jones, Quadrant and Schapelle Corby.

A special edition of Q&A from the Great Hall at Parliament House did 377,000.


The launch of Dr Christian Will See You Now did 137,000.

Bear Grylls has been dropped from the Monday schedule with two episodes of 24 Hours In Emergency last night averaging 184,000.

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