TV Ratings April 17: Massive Easter audience greets return of MKR

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

• Massive Easter audience greets the return of Seven’s My Kitchen Rules
• ABC pulls close to 1m metro for John Clarke: Thanks For Your Time

Seven has secured the biggest FTA primary channel share since the end of the Australian Open with the return of My Kitchen Rules after a week off during the first week of the Easter ratings break. The MKR episode is now the biggest non-sport TV audience this year and the second-biggest overall TV audience this year apart from the Men’s Final of the Australian Open.

The other breakout performer last night was the ABC’s tribute program John Clarke: Thanks For Your Time, which did just under 1m.


Seven screened three episodes of My Kitchen Rules in each of the Easter weeks in 2016, but it gave the format a week off last week.

It returned with a massive 1.65m watching a landmark episode featuring Josh and Amy in a show full of challenges for the home cooks in and out of the kitchen. None of their dishes managed even a five out of 10 and after scores of just one from both judges for dessert they were instantly eliminated from the competition.

It is now finals time on the series with the teams returning to Kitchen HQ for the first quarter final.

Seven Year Switch then launched with 618,000 meaning there was a pretty big switch-off after MKR, but SYS easily won its timeslot in all key demos.


Nine was a long way back in second place last night with Nine News and then A Current Affair on 864,000 its best.

The season final of House Husbands couldn’t manage half a million as it wrapped on 467,000.

Footy Classified had a three-market audience of 198,000 with 142,000 in Melbourne.


The Project 7pm managed to go close to 550,000.

Two Modern Family repeats did 434,000 and then 397,000.

The 2015 movie X-Men: Days Of Future Past did 268,000.


The channel’s biggest audience for the 8pm Monday slot for some time was John Clarke: Thanks For Your Time with 995,000 – just over a third of them in Melbourne.

The Great Debate from Melbourne Comedy Festival did 455,000. Four Corners, Media Watch and Q&A all had the night off.


Another repeat of Michael Mosley’s Trust Me, I’m A Doctor did best with 252,000 at 7.30pm.

Also doing good business on a medical Monday was 24 Hours In Emergency with 232,000.

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