TV Ratings April 26: Big Brother 2021 launch down year-on-year but Seven wins Monday

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• Nine builds Lego wall strong enough to keep out Big Brother and MasterChef

• Live afternoon Academy Awards coverage on Seven over 200,00

Primetime News
Seven News 1,005,000 (6 pm)/ 1,113,000 (6:30 pm)
Nine News is 1,039,000 (6 pm)/ 1,104,000 (6:30 pm)
ABC News 714,000
10 News First 420,000(5 pm)/ 294,000 (6pm)
SBS World News 185,000 (6:30 pm)/157,000 (7 pm)

Daily current affairs
A Current Affair 782,000
7:30 596,000
The Project 347,000 (6:30 pm)/489,000 (7 pm)
The Drum 211,000 

Breakfast TV
Sunrise 269,000
Today 226,000
News Breakfast 158,000


While Nine wasn’t the #1 primary channel or network last night it still managed to win the battle at 7:30 as Lego Masters (739,000) outrated both MasterChef and the launch of Big Brother. The show was #1 in the 25-54 demographic but was down on last week’s season premiere which had 838,000 viewers.

This was followed by the third episode of  Law & Order: Organised Crime with 238,000 which was down on last week’s audience of 341,000.


Seven has continued its winning start to the week with a primary share of 20.9% and a 28.6% network share.

Seven launched its latest 7:30 pm franchise last night with the season premiere of  Big Brother, which had 664,000 tune in for the arrivals, 662,000 for the normal broadcast, and 650,000 for the eviction. The show was also #1 in the 16-39 and 18-49 demographics.

This was down on last year’s Big Brother launch which had:

Big Brother Arrival 853,000
Big Brother 866,000
Big Brother Eviction 930,000

12 brand new housemates arrived, but one didn’t stay long as Max was the first eliminated, ending the hints of a potential love triangle between him and his podcasting ex Katie, and flight attendant Christina.

“I’m devastated,” said Max. “Getting out first wasn’t in my plan. Going home after such a short amount of time really stings and the fact that nobody had to go tonight puts salt in the wound. I just would never do that to somebody. Danny voted for me because he’s insecure in his own abilities and he was more worried about me than he is about himself. I think that’ll come back to bite him.”

The Academy Awards had 212,000 viewers for the live broadcast and 100,000 for its encore following Big Brother.

The 2021 Oscars were held at Los Angeles’s Union Station for the first time, as well as the usual home of the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. There was also international locations in an attempt to get as many people as possible involved.

Preceding Big Brother was Home and Away which had 645,000 viewers last night.


On MasterChef, 545,000 tuned in as superstars week continued, this time featuring Yotam Ottolenghi. This was down on last week’s launch of 670,000.

This was followed by Hughesy We Have a Problem with 216,000, this will be the last that Hughesy is in this slot with the return of Have You Been Paying Attention? next week.

The Project had  347,000 (6:30 pm) and 489,000 (7 pm) viewers as the show covered the stoush between federal and state governments over hotel quarantine and the effects of the snap lockdown in Perth.

10 Bold was the top multichannel after offering up five straight episodes of NCIS.


ABC’s current affairs lineup continues to perform well with 7:30 once again leading the way with 596,000 this was followed by Australian Story (564,000), Four Corners (539,000) and Media Watch (461,000).


On SBS the top rating show was Secret Scotland with 177,000.

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