TV Ratings April 22: MKR drama gives Seven a Sunday win, Nine’s The Voice back over 1m

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

Sam Perry on The Voice

• Seven wins as Sonya and Hadil banned from My Kitchen Rules
• Nine’s “most controversial episode of The Voice ever” back over 1m

Week 17 TV: Sunday


Sonya and Hadil were not allowed to return to the My Kitchen Rules competition after their not-so-surprising banishment from an episode last week. It is surprising perhaps they have not been disciplined earlier as the series promoted their bad behaviour in some of the previous 37 episodes before last week’s blow-up. However, it was on with the competition for the remaining teams as Stella & Jazzey outscored Jess & Emma to secure a place in the finals, despite two scores from the judges of 2 out of 10 for dessert last night. The Sunday episode did 1.28m, which is actually lower than three of the four episodes screened last week.

Sunday Night featured the interview with former Sullivans star Susan Hannaford discussing her life in the US where she has made and lost millions. It was a marathon effort from reporter Matt Doran and an audience of 949,000 vindicates the decision to devote the episode to the incredible tale of the wannabe property tycoon.

After 9.30pm Seven got one more crack at the Commonwealth Games with a highlights package with 208,000 watching.


Episode four last night of The Voice was the first of four episodes screening this week with what the channel was branding “the most controversial episode ever”. When Sam Perry ended the show with his vocal loops, Delta was confident “this was the coolest thing we have ever had on the show”. Joe Jonas said, “You have just changed the game.” Kelly added: “You just completely changed the entire game.” The game changer chose Team Kelly. “I want to do a record with you myself,” Kelly said. All the other coaches seemed dejected they had missed this contestant. The promos teasing Perry as a special contestant worked as the audience pushed above 1.10m, up on the audience for last week’s launch, the only other ep over 1m so far.

60 Minutes featured the flu super vaccine and introduced viewers to a new Barry Humphries character – himself, with an audience of 616,000.

Serial killer Joanna Dennehy was featured on Born To Kill: Class Of Evil with 328,000 watching.


The Sunday Project featured Lehmo and Chrissie Swan joining Lisa Wilkinson and Hamish Macdonald at the desk while actor Peter Capaldi was a guest after visiting Australia for the Supanova fan convention on the weekend in Melbourne with another on the Gold Coast next weekend. The episode did 343,000 after 405,000 a week ago.

The start of a new week of Bachelor In Paradise launched with 669,000 after 629,000 on Sunday a week ago.

NCIS followed at 9pm on 337,000 with SEAL Team on 182,000 after 10pm.


A slow build that took 10 years featured on Grand Designs, which did 610,000.

International cycling featured in Midsomer Murders with 342,000 watching.

A repeat of the excellent drama series National Treasure with Robbie Coltrane and Julie Walters followed after 10pm with 129,000 watching.


A repeat of The Celts filled the 7.30pm timeslot with 229,000 watching.

Trump’s Takeover then did 203,000 after 8.30pm as it looked at the first year of his presidency.

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