TV Ratings July 15: World Cup final first half pulls half a million for SBS

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

• Modest growth for Ninja Warrior for second Sunday episode
• Ninja Warrior & 60 Minutes help Nine to primary channel win
• Seven #1 Sunday network with multichannels on 10% combined
• France v Croatia World Cup final first half pulls 500,000 on SBS


Toad and Mandy were the big stars on House Rules with a score of 29 out of 30 for the dairy farmers’ pop-up pizza joint. The episode comes ahead of three eliminations this week. The Sunday episode did 876,000 after 836,000 on Sunday last week.

Sunday Night then did 627,000 after 554,000 a week ago.

Coverage the Wimbledon men’s final on the channel last night had an average audience of 275,000 after 11pm.


Five women qualified for the semis on Ninja Warrior while one male contestant managed to blitz the course in just 40 seconds. While the year-on-year comparisons are still well down, week-on-week Ninja Warrior managed some modest growth from 929,000 to 967,000. The first week of episodes all managed to crack the top 15 shows last week. They also helped Nine hold on to win the week in primary share. That year-on-year comparison makes sobering reading though – the second Sunday of the show in 2017 was on 1.75m!

60 Minutes followed with 702,000 after 616,000 a week ago.


Entertainment reporter Maude Garrett was in Paris with Tom Cruise on The Project. She was speaking to the Hollywood star about the forthcoming new instalment in the Mission Impossible franchise. The episode was on 432,000 after 7pm.

Sashi became the first person through to finals week on the first episode in the penultimate week of MasterChef Australia. There were tears aplenty at the start of Sunday’s episode when family and best friends arrived at the MasterChef kitchen to watch the top seven in action. The Sunday episode did 745,000 after 748,000 last week.

The first episode of the new Sports Tonight hosted by Matt White launched after the cooks with 128,000, which is a fair drop from the lead-in. Co-hosts Laurie Daley and Josh Gibson were kept busy crossing to TEN reporters and special guests as they reviewed the weekend football and previewed the World Cup and Wimbledon finals.


Grand Designs New Zealand managed to find a home in the top 10 with 557,000.

The second episode of Jack Irish saw the ABC audience on 681,000 after the series launched with 723,000 a week ago.

The first of the three-part F*!#ing Adelaide then did 190,000.


After a marathon 64 matches since June 14, the World Cup climaxed on SBS last night with France meeting Croatia. The pre-match coverage from 11pm had an audience of 198,000.

The numbers grew quickly when the game started at 1am with an average of 484,000 watching the first-half action. (The second half from 2am onwards will be available in the Monday ratings released on Tuesday morning.)

Earlier in the night on SBS stage 9 of the Tour de France did 239,000.

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