• Ian “Dicko” Dickson was eliminated from I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here
Total TV Ratings, April 12
Seven’s Farmer Wants A Wife saw love bubbles burst when some of the ladies noticed that the Farmers had already formed connections with their 24 hour date partners. A massive 1,101,000 tuned in, lifting 33%.
Nine’s Lego Masters: Grand Masters came in next as the pairs were tasked with replicating an object from a spy’s office out of Lego. 869,000 watched as Sophie Monk was tasked with spotting the Lego objects, only guessing three of the eight replica items. Up 38%.
SBS’s Alone Australia came in next with 826,000 tuning in and lifting by a massive 173%. As they struggled against hunger, the environment, and their own minds in the remote Tasmanian wilderness, the participants shared the things that give them strength.
Coming in next was 10’s I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here. 759,000 saw Aesha, Bianca, Debra, and Nathan participate in Fear Pong Day. The celebs chowed down on Madagascan cockroach topped with whipped cream, pig anus with a sprinkle of shredded cheese, earthworms and peanut butter, and cow brains with a side of marshmallows. Yum! Up 35%.
Overnight TV Ratings, April 19
Seven News 887,000 (6:00pm) / 841,000 (6:30pm)
Nine News 725,000 (6:00pm) / 726,000 (6:30pm)
ABC News 556,000
10 News First 246,000 (5:00pm)/ 170,000 (6:00pm)
SBS World News 148,000 (6:30pm)/ 112,000 (7:00pm)
Daily Current Affairs
A Current Affair 630,000
The Project 178,000 6:30pm / 242,000 7pm
News Breakfast 94,000
Nine has won the night with a primary share of 20.8% and a network share of 28.5%. 7Two continues to dominate multichannels with a 3.2% share.
In the wake of the death of the ‘people’s priest’, Father John Maguire, Nine’s A Current Affair (630,000) remembered him as a man who dedicated his life to charity and who helped marginalised members of society. Then, on Travel Guides, 582,000 tuned in to see the guides on an exploration of Morocco. Landing smack-bang in the hustle and bustle of Marrakech, the guides experience the country’s most famed open-aired marketplace, traditional cuisine and the desert.
416,000 began their evening in Summer Bay with Seven’s Home and Away as Xander and Rose clashed, Marilyn falsely accused John and Justin’s counselling was off to a fiery start. Then, 234,000 saw ordinary people giving it all they’ve got on Britain’s Got Talent. It was the first round of auditions for the new crop of performers who are being judged by returning stars Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden alongside newcomer and Strictly Come Dancing judge Bruno Tonioli. Then, off the back of 7 drama The Claremont Murders, Crime Investigation Australia delved deeper into the story of Bradley Robert Edwards, the serial killer who was found guilty of murdering Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon. 242,000 tuned in.
431,000 watched ABC’s 7.30. Sarah Ferguson interviewed Senator David Pocock. The team also looked at the secrets of Queensland’s Mary River and investigated how IBAC found the Victorian Government advisors had put pressure on public servants to award contract to union. 242,000 viewers then stayed on to watch The Weekly with Charlie Pickering. Aunty Donna’s Coffee Cafe saw the boys form a kangaroo court in the cafe in order to put the Blueberry Burglar on trial for burgling blueberries. 151,000 tuned in.
On 10, The Project (178,000 6:30pm / 242,000 7pm) welcomed band ALT-J to the desk who spoke about their fourth studio album, The Dream. The panel also investigated a couple from New South Wales who started married life in an unexpected but incredible fashion by helping others with a blood drive at their wedding reception. Then, on I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here, #buttergate continued with Kudu Kourt led by judge Nathan. 398,000 watched in horror as Adam, Liz and Nick then participated in the Read It and Weep food trial, nailing disgusting dishes including cow urine, a rat tail and a Zebra private part. Charming! Then, after returning to camp with 11 stars, Ian “Dicko” Dickson was eliminated from the competition.
The highest rating non-news show on SBS was Alone Australia with 233,000 tuning in. As hunger, fatigue and cold took their toll, the remaining participants were forced to question why they’re enduring the toughest challenge of their lives. For one, the reasons for staying are ultimately outweighed by the reasons to leave.