TV Ratings May 30: A big turnout for A Current Affair helps Nine win Wednesday TV

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

• Nine News and big 900,000+ A Current Affair audience win for Nine
• Best of the rest: MasterChef, Gruen, House Rules, Untold Australia

Nine managed the highest primary channel share on 18.8%, while Seven had the highest combined channel share for the third successive night.


After two nights close to or just better than 700,000, Home and Away was on 698,000.

On House Rules it was statement time with 714,000 watching the midweek episode after 682,000 on Wednesday last week.

Two episodes of Modern Family ran from 8.45pm with audiences of 364,000 and 310,000.

The season final of Back With The Ex saw the couples ready to make some big decisions. The audience dwindled to 171,000 last week and the series then ended on 161,000.


Bank brutality and a dodgy party planner were among the A Current Affair stories with 906,000 watching.

Two more Young Sheldon episodes filled the 7.30pm slot with audiences of 701,000 and 662,000 backing up the Tuesday results, where both eps did over 600,000.

Britain’s Got Talent was on 496,000 followed by an encore screening of Talkin’ ’Bout Your Generation on 236,000.

Love Island was on the primary channel after 11pm with 84,000 while 134,000 were watching on Go! earlier.


Aussie actress Yvonne Strahovski was the star attraction on The Project. The former Peter Helliar co-star talked about trying to film the second season of The Handmaid’s Tale while pregnant. The episode did 599,000 after two nights also around 600,000.

Gordon Ramsay on MasterChef

Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares came to TEN’s MasterChef last night with a team challenge that threatened to go off the tracks. The episode did 863,000 after 813,000 last week. After the episode, Ramsay said he’d enjoyed his time on the show and indicated he would be up for a return in 2019.

US dramas then took over with Instinct on 392,000 and then This Is Us on 140,000.


Julie Zemiro visited Louis Theroux on Home Delivery, which did 591,000 after 638,000 when the program last screened a fortnight ago.

Gruen examined the marketing of mattresses with Todd and Russel joined by Carolyn Miller and Karen Ferry with 715,000 at 8.30pm.

The Weekly then did 605,000 with plenty of Barnaby Joyce references and a guest spot from Todd Sampson on Tom Gleeson’s Hard Chat.


Michael Mosley had another appearance with the final of the three-part Secrets Of Your Food on 205,000.

The Cocos Keeling Islands featured on the 8.30pm doco Australian’s Untold Islands: Untold Australia with 244,000.

The season final of The Good Fight featured a few mentions about Australia and its gun buy-back program for the audience of 119,000.

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