TV Ratings April 19: Nine wins first night since the Commonwealth Games

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

• Nine wins first night since April 3, day before Comm Games opening
• Seven’s The Front Bar pulls ahead of Nine’s AFL Footy Show
• Plus: Plus Rebel Wilson on The Project, Newman on SVU, Frontline on ABC Comedy


Three Home and Away episodes went back to back from 7pm. After three nights over 700,000, the Thursday omnibus did 646,000.

First Dates UK then did 72,000 in Sydney while The Front Bar did 169,000 in Melbourne, narrowly out-rating the AFL Footy Show.

The Thursday movie was 2014’s Bad Neighbours with 153,000 watching.


A Current Affair paid tribute to one of the most-loved broadcasters from the Nine family, Darrell Eastlake, with 737,000 watching.

Thursday night NRL featured Bulldogs v Roosters with 374,000 watching (200,000 in Sydney and 134,000 in Brisbane).

The Footy Show did 158,000 in Melbourne and 70,000 after the game in Sydney.


Rebel Wilson was guest-hosting on The Project and they saved the best to after 7pm when she spoke about the Bauer Media court case. The episode was disappointing though with 438,000.

Team Jane was again the winner on Show Me The Movie! with help from guest team members Angela Bishop and Jason Byrne. The episode did 423,000 after 373,000 a week ago.

After 8.30pm the first of two episodes of Law & Order: SVU started with its familiar introduction:

“In the criminal justice system, sexually based offences are considered especially heinous.

In New York City, the dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Special Victims Unit. These are their stories.”

Both episodes were from series 19. The first from earlier this year featured Wayne Knight in a guest role, an actor better known to many as Newman from Seinfeld.

The two episodes did 289,000 and 243,000.


Two good drama servings with Kiri at 8pm on 411,000 followed by episode two of Wentworth on 201,000.

The funny stuff was on ABC Comedy with the ethnic violence episode of Frontline at 8.30pm with 72,000 watching. The week’s final episode of Tonightly was on 55,000.


Great British Railway Journeys went from Nottingham to Leeds with 251,000 watching.

Luke Nguyen’s Food Trail then did 174,000.

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Source: OzTAM and Regional TAM 2018. The Data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) without the prior written consent of OzTAM

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