TV Ratings May 7: Nine holds top spot with The Voice

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

• Nine keeps top spot – narrow primary win with The Voice, 60 Min & News
• Seven and Nine share combined leadership with 28.9% share each
• MasterChef helps TEN to second-best Sunday share of survey year
• A-League Grand Final on Viceland gives SBS best total share since Feb 4

Nine has kept its recent ratings momentum running with a narrow Sunday victory.

After winning the past two weeks in primary share, Nine had a narrow Sunday win, 1.1 ahead of Seven.

Nine and Seven networks were tied on combined channel share of 28.9%.

TEN had its second best Sunday share of the survey year with the first Sunday episode of MasterChef increasing its numbers.

SBS with 10.1% recorded its best combined channel share on any night since Saturday February 4 when it did 10.3%. Last night the broadcaster got a boost with the A-League Grand Final on SBS Viceland, giving the multichannel a share of 4.2%, way better than anything it has managed previously.


Seven News topped the rankings with 1.18m, down marginally from 1.10m a week ago.

House Rules aired its second Sunday episode with 799,000 seeing the judges at work on the competition’s second renovation. That is the second-best audience number yet, but down on the 986,000 (corrected) watching the series launch. WA geek twins Andrew and Jono were the surprise star performers amongst the renovation work with all three judges giving them the highest scores. LLB remained the toughest judge.

Sunday Night followed with 659,000 after 879,000 watching when the show last screened a fortnight ago. Melissa Doyle reported on the Tinder stalker last night.

A repeat of The Suspects – True Australian Thrillers followed which did 461,000.


Nine News Sunday was on 1.05m after 1.06m a week ago.

The Voice featured Boy George and Seal facing off and a tradie called Rennie Adams thrilling the coaches and choosing to go with Seal at the end of the Sunday episode. The audience of 1.08m was down on the previous Sunday audience of 1.19m.

60 Minutes followed with Peter Stefanovic retelling the story of Glenn Dickson, the spear fisherman who was attacked by a big bull shark. The episode did 715,000, down 100,000 on a week ago.


The first Sunday episode of MasterChef Australia featured a mystery box challenge and then an invention test. It ended with a top three heading for a chance at immunity and a bottom three facing off in an elimination challenge. The episode did 767,000, which was down on all the episodes screened in week one of the series, but it did push the channel’s share higher as detailed above.

Prior to MasterChef both Family Feud Sunday and Modern Family were under 300,000.

Later in the night Bull was on 384,000, well up on 267,000 a week earlier without the MasterChef lead-in.

NCIS: New Orleans did 225,000.

Series six of Homeland then wrapped with just 80,000 watching the late, late screening. Fans who stuck with this series should have been more than satisfied with how the plot weaved its way through the final few episodes with some fine acting performances from the regulars.


Doctor Who was just over 400,000 after 470,000 a week ago.

Grantchester was the channel’s best and its rather raunchy memorable final scene might have helped attract 624,000 after 555,000 last week.

The Rove-hosted Doctor Who post-show Whovians did 83,000 on ABC2.


The all-repeat Sunday on the primary channel saw 230,000 watching Secrets Of The Lost Graveyard and then 210,000 watching the second part of Walt Disney.

On SBS Viceland there was an afternoon and evening audience of 182,000 watching delayed coverage of the A-League Grand Final. The shoot-out at the end of the game saw the average audience climb to 254,000.

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