Sunday: Week 16 2019 (Easter week 1)
• No rest for My Kitchen Rules as Seven wins Easter night 1
• 60 Minutes: What matters most – timeslot, lead-in or stories?
• ABC crime sleuth Vera the hottest property after 8.30pm
• Seven News 1,032,000
• Nine News 876,000
• ABC News 673,000
• Insiders 293,000
• The Project 205,000/277,000
• 10 News First 229,000
• Offsiders 157,000
• SBS World News 134,000
• Sunrise 2231,000
• Today 197,000
Seven has traditionally rested My Kitchen Rules for the first weekend of the Easter break and then brought it back for the second.
Not this year – MKR was a winner last night with 826,000 from 7pm, up from 784,000 a week prior. The first of what could be a long round of finals started with the seven top teams wanting to get to the semi-finals. Ibby and Romel were the first team to make it after impressing diners at the MKR Restaurant.
Sunday Night then did 442,000 after 400,000 a week ago.
Just a week after averaging over 1m metro, 60 Minutes recorded an audience of 697,000 – down over 300,000, despite the move to 7pm. It featured a cracking lead story from Liam Bartlett on plastic too. It seems recycling might not be so sexy for viewers at 7pm Sunday. So what is more important – the timeslot, the stories, or the lead-in? The big difference last week of course was the lead-in, which was the penultimate episode of MAFS. (Liz Hayes did have a good story last week too though.)
Following 60 Minutes was Australian Crime Stories featuring the notorious child predator Mr Cruel. The episode did 321,000 after 425,000 a week ago.
A Sunday share of 7.8% is the channel’s second best since February, which tells you how fierce the battle for viewers has been at the start of each survey week.
The channel’s best was The Project, which was under 300,000 at 7pm.
The final episode of the Sunday Night Takeaway experiment did 254,000, was well up on 161,000 a week ago. The series launched with 378,000 back in February.
Hughesy, We Have A Problem was then on 224,000 after 198,000 a week ago.
The Easter ratings break is always an opportunity for the channel to shine and it did last night with its best Sunday share of the year – 16.9%. It’s also the channel’s second best on any night this year.
Restoration Australia was in McLaren Vale with a very ambitious project which proved you’re never too old to dream. The show ranked top 10 with 619,000.
The start of series eight of Vera then did 729,000, which was a clear timeslot winner later in the evening.
Episode two of Secrets of the Bermuda Triangle performed best with 162,000 at 7.30pm.
Then SBS World News and 5.30pm regular Hunting Nazi Treasure both managed to outrate 8.30pm’s Avalanche: Making A Deadly Snowstorm.