• Pete Helliar was eliminated from I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here
Total TV Ratings, April 18
Seven’s Farmer Wants a Wife continued its success with 1,088,000 tuning in, up 31%. After Lucie’s shock (not!) exit the Monday prior, it was the ladies turn to plan dates for the sought-after Farmers and Corista and Maddison from Farmer Brad and Farmer Andrew’s farms decided to leave the show.
Next up was Nine’s Lego Masters: Grand Masters, lifting 38%. The episode saw the teams create a well-known or original secret, mystery, or conspiracy theory out of Lego. Andrew and Damian took the win with their Juiced Up Lab Rat, with 863,000 watching.
10s I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here saw camp go into meltdown over ‘Buttergate’. Returning from the Room Of Doom, Domenica Calarco and Nathan Henry came bearing gifts for their campmates: coffee, tea, sugar, croissants and butter; however, when it camp to dinner time, the celebs searched high and low for the butter but came up empty handed, leading them to point fingers at each other. 761,000 watched, up 31%.
Overnight TV Ratings, April 25
Seven News 1,125,000 (6:00pm) / 1,044,000 (6:30pm)
Nine News 865,000 (6:00pm) / 831,000 (6:30pm)
ABC News 609,000
10 News First 192,000 (5:00pm)/ 174,000 (6:00pm)
SBS World News 154,000 (6:30pm)/ 134,000 (7:00pm)
Daily Current Affairs
A Current Affair 572,000
The Project 195,000 6:30pm / 354,000 7pm
News Breakfast 162,000
Once again, Seven has won the night with a primary share of 21.7% and a network share of 30.2%. 7Two has won multichannels with a 3.3% share.
457,000 began their evening in Summer Bay with Seven’s Home and Away. Kahu lied about his whereabouts, long distance was triggering for Bree, Justin got hot-headed and Xander threw caution to the wind. Then, on Farmer Wants a Wife, after spiralling over the past few episodes, Frankie was friend-zoned by Farmer Brenton who mutually decided she should leave the show. The Weekend Getaway saw all of the farms compete at the Country Games with Farmer David’s farm coming out victorious. He chose front-runner Emily for “the most romantic 24-hour date ever” while the other Farmers chose Ladies to take on a solo date. 511,000 tuned in.
In a special ANZAC edition of Nine’s A Current Affair (572,000) the series showcased 100 year old Wally, one of the last surviving WWII Beaufort Bomber pilots before telling the story of Legacy, the charity that cares for tens of thousands of widows who have lost their loved ones and have been affected by their partner’s service in the Korean War, Malayan Emergency, Vietnam War; as well as campaigns in Iraq, Afghanistan and in peacekeeping operations across the globe. In honour of the cause, they spoke with Penny Looker, a young female veteran and mum who made it to the rank of Sergeant in the Psychology Corp, before suffering a stroke. Then on Lego Masters: Grand Masters, 480,000 watched as Brickman and Hamish Blake settled on an explosive challenge. “Your job is to build something that that has motion in it and when the time is right it explodes… in ultra cinematic high-definition slow motion,” Blake said. Scott and Owen built The Pirate Ship, winning the epic challenge.
On 10, The Project (195,000 6:30pm / 354,000 7pm) told the story of 13-year-old Ziggy who read the Ode of Remembrance at the Dawn Service in Sydney. He was honouring the Dad he never met, who made the ultimate sacrifice for his country. Georgie Tunny then interviewed Dr Jane Goodall who has dedicated her life to saving wildlife, especially the conservation of our closest living primates before the desk were joined by I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here evictee Domenica Calarco. She revealed the one thing she regrets about her infamous run-in with Kerri-Anne Kennerley! Then, joining our friends in the jungle, 474,000 tuned in for I’m a Celeb. As ANZAC Day dawned, the campmates held a minute silence and stood for the Last Post, with Pete Helliar reciting The Ode. The camp also made ANZAC biscuits and shared stories of what the day meant to them. In a bitter-sweet turn of events, Helliar — whose charity is Legacy — was sent packing.
463,000 watched ABC’s 7.30 explored the changing face of ANZAC Day and Sarah Ferguson interviewed Smartmatic lawyer Erik Connolly. The series also investigated the travel company helping teenagers with hidden disabilities go on holiday before 335,000 tuned in for Tony Armstrong’s Great Australian Stuff. During the episode, Armstrong opened the front door onto some of our best-known, strangest, and daggiest icons inspired by all things domestic.
The highest rating non-news show on SBS was Who Do You Think You Are with 125,000 tuning in to see actor Matthew Broderick who learned about his grandfather, James Joseph Broderick who was a WWI soldier. Broderick headed to the battlefields of Northern France, where he uncovered the extent of his grandfather’s bravery as part of the American Expeditionary Force during the war.