TV Ratings May 9: Lowest ever reality TV premiere for Nine’s Last Resort

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

• House Rules and Seven Year Switch part of Seven’s winning team
• Nine drops to third place as The Last Resort debuts with just over 400,000
• Home Cooking Week and first immunity challenge lift TEN and MasterChef

Seven’s House Rules and Seven Year Switch haven’t been without their challenges so far in their 2017 seasons. But both programs were part of Seven’s winning lineup last night.

Seven’s primary share of 19.1% was its lowest Tuesday survey share, but it pushed the network past Nine and TEN into first place.

Seven was the leader in all markets except Melbourne and Seven ranked #1 in combined channel share across the network.

TEN took second spot in both primary and combined channel share and ranked #1 in both in Melbourne. MasterChef was key to its success with the audience pushing back close to 1m with its second-best audience this year.

Nine was stuck in third place with its lowest Sunday to Thursday survey share of the year – 15.7%. The main culprit was the premiere episode of The Last Resort, which has started with just over 400,000 with the show ranking #4 in the timeslot.

Seven

Home and Away continued just over 700,000.

House Rules was just short of 800,000 with a slight improvement on its numbers a week ago. On last night’s episode divorced father-of-one Troy and partner Bec split up with Troy continuing renovations alone. It has been reported Bec will continue on the series though.

Seven Year Switch lifted too, sneaking back above 500,000.

Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares then did 241,000 and the The Amazing Race did 73,000.

Nine

Welfare wars and new mobile phone plans were featured on A Current Affair with 799,000 watching. Nothing else on the channel came even close to those numbers later in the evening.

The debut of The Last Resort, which attracted mixed reviews at best, managed just 414,000 and missed a spot in the OzTAM top 20. That ranked the show fourth in the slot and it was not too far ahead of SBS’s repeat episode of Great Continental Rail Journeys.

This could qualify The Last Resort as the lowest-ever reality TV premiere. Nine has noted though that 40,000 watched an encore at 10.30pm on 9Life, 33,000 viewed episode one on 9Now and another 41,000 watched that episode on the KIIS FM Facebook page.

The Nine reality series proved to be a terrible lead-in for Love Child, which did 521,000, down 100,000 on its debut of 621,000 last week.

Operation Thailand followed with 300,000.

TEN

Sarah, Karlie and Eliza competed for a spot in the immunity challenge last night with Sarah winning the chance to go up against Victorian Young Chef of the Year Jarrod Di Blasi. The episode proved to be a winner for TEN with the second-best audience for MasterChef this season – 979,000. The only bigger audience was on launch night when 1.06m were watching on Monday of last week.

The Project 7pm was just short of 700,000 with Carrie Bickmore visiting Samuel Johnson‘s sister Connie.

MasterChef was good news again for NCIS with an audience of 563,000, up on last week’s 550,000.

NCIS: Los Angeles then did 283,000.

ABC

The Budget Speech took over the slot of 7.30 with 639,000 watching with the Treasurer outrating both House Rules and The Last Resort.

The Budget News Special at 8pm then did 525,000, which was up on what the slot has been doing for a few weeks.

A special episode of Foreign Correspondent at 9pm featured a report from Hamish Macdonald on global housing affordability. The episode did 329,000, up 20,000 on last week.

SBS

Great Continental Railway Journeys was just outside the top 20 on 360,000. With Eurovision in primetime looming, Michael Portillo won’t be the channel’s biggest attraction this week.

Insight followed on 241,000 with Dateline on 143,000.

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