TV Ratings May 9: Just 4 points separate four main primary channels in midweek rumble

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

• Just over 4.0 separates four main primary channels in midweek rumble
• MasterChef records best launch week number, #1 non-news show
• First Eurovision semifinal leads SBS to best Wednesday share of the year


Episode three of the week of Home and Away did 697,000 after two nights on close to 700,000.

It was time for the first competitor renovation on House Rules with Jess and Jared from Adelaide looking for some New York style. After two nights close to 600,000, the midweek episode did 624,000, unable to help Seven lift on what was its lowest Wednesday survey share if the year.

An episode of Modern Family did 357,000 followed by Back With The Ex on 140,000.


A Current Affair lifted to 859,000 with one story revealing some internet scammers.

The US sitcom hour started with Young Sheldon on 649,000 followed by The Big Bang Theory with 579,000.

Britain’s Got Talent then did 499,000.


Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone were promoting their new movie Life Of The Party on The Project and Fitzy did his best Peter Garrett on the set. The midweek audience was 551,000.

MasterChef featured the top 24 competing against each other for the first time in the MasterChef kitchen. Episode three of season 10 did 910,000, which is the best number so far in launch week as the show won its timeslot and was #1 non-news show of the night.

It was then time for the season finale of Hughesy, We Have A Problem which did 469,000 after 430,000 last night.

Dave Hughes in Hughesy, We Have A Problem


Week two of the new midweek lineup started with Home Delivery on 618,000 after this season launched with 609,000.

Episode two of Gruen screened after competing versions of Wil Anderson’s behaviour during the taping. This week Wil, Todd, Russel and guest panellists Kimberlee Wells and Claire Salvatti discussed Facebook and Brand Zuckerberg and a pitch to shut down the internet. After launching with 731,000 a week ago, last night did… 731,000.

The Weekly with Charlie Pickering then did 550,000 after launching with 565,000.


SBS screened the first Eurovision semifinal from Portugal last night with 271,000 watching. A smaller crowd of under 40,000 watched the semifinal live after 5am AEST. The second semifinal with Jessica Mauboy competing screens Friday live nice and early, and then again on Friday evening.

After 10pm The Good Fight did 99,000.

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