TV Ratings April 29: Lego Masters backs up with second 1m+ crowd

Monday: Week 18 2019

• Lego Masters backs up with second 1m+ crowd, Nine wins
• MasterChef launches with 715,000, outrates House Rules
• Jamie Durie arrives at House Rules as episode two fades
• Leaders’ debate on 7TWO triples Vicar of Dibley audience

• Seven News 1,029,000/1,007,000
• Nine News 999,000/975,000
• A Current Affair 782,000
• ABC News 711,000
• 7.30 582,000
• The Project 284,000/508,000
• 10 News First 399,000
• SBS World News 152,000

Breakfast TV

• Sunrise 264,000
• Today 198,000


Home and Away began its new week with 667,000 after a week 17 average of 628,000.

On House Rules rookie renovators Mikaela and Eliza won the initial challenge as Jamie Durie and his judging colleagues Wendy Moore and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen passed judgement on the warehouse makeover. The teams then got to see their first home makeover which is the biggest property ever attempted on the show.

After a season launch with 782,000, the second episode did 561,000 as for the first time it was up against Lego Masters and MasterChef Australia.

An episode of 9-1-1 then did 380,000.

Over on 7TWO Basil Zempilas was a primetime host along the east coast as well as hosting at home. The slick production at times almost overwhelmed the first Leaders’ Debate. While it made sense to wrap up the confrontation before Seven Perth’s 6pm news, viewers elsewhere may have questioned the hurry to get to the Vicar Of Dibley. As it was the debate more than doubled the audience of the 20-year-old sitcom. The debate attracted 415,000 to Dawn French’s fan club on 134,000.


Cracking episode of A Current Affair to start the week as reporter Dan Nolan presented highlights from two hours of secret video from Al Jazeera featuring a One Nation candidate. Some clever promos during the day delivered a Monday audience of 782,000. The show’s week 17 average audience was 698,000.

After a massive launch audience of 1.37m, Lego Masters episode two faced some stiffer competition with both House Rules and MasterChef Australia in the timeslot. There were some more impressive Lego builds and then an even more impression Lego explosions. Although, like House Rules, the episode dropped over 200,000, it still impressively held above 1m.

A new season of 20 To One then followed with hosts Erin Molan and comedian Nick Cody. The series launched with 457,000.

The Monday night footy screened in different markets. Footy Classified was on 127,000 with 100% Footy doing 78,000.


There was almost too much happening on The Project with little time to enjoy the various highlights. They ranged from Pete Helliar with GoT’s Isaac Wright (aka Bran Stark) to Barrie Cassidy to Hamish Macdonald with Barnaby Joyce. Along the way the show also featured Dean Lewis and a cameo from Dave Hughes sitting in the audience! The week started on 508,000 after a week 17 average of 427,000 at 7pm.

MasterChef Australia slipped straight back into its groove with Gary, Matt and George selecting contestants for the new season. They powered through the formalities with just six aprons left to be handed out tonight. There was much impressive cooking on display which means there should be some memorable food challenges ahead. Anushka is our early favourite. Commenting on the launch audience of 715,000, Network 10’s chief content officer Beverley McGarvey said: “After 11 years, it’s great to see audiences flock back to the MasterChef Australia kitchen with 905,000 national TV viewers tuning in to last night’s launch.

“The launch was up year-on-year on 10 Play and was the #1 show across social platforms yesterday.” The FTA overnight launch audience last year was 890,000.

An Easter episode of Graham Norton then re-screened with Rebel Wilson among the guests. The episode did 385,000 last Friday and then 265,000 last night.


The Monday night line-up was back in action.

On Australian Story John Doyle introduced Australian CEO Mina Guli, 48, who is on a mission to draw attention to the global water crisis. In order to do that she attempted a physical feat so extreme, most people would consider it impossible – running 100 marathons in 100 days across the world. The episode did 520,000.

Four Corners featured The Interrogation, a film by Laurent Richard for French news agency Premiere Lignes about a controversial police technique putting innocent people behind bars. The audience was on 442,000.

Media Watch featured celebrities being exploited on Facebook scams with Nine’s Michael Healy commenting about the social media platform and its inaction over the activity. The episode did 494,000.

Q&A was an election campaign special with guests Mitch Fifield, Minister for Communications; Chris Bowen, Shadow Treasurer; Lenore Taylor, Editor, The Guardian Australia; Bhakthi Puvanenthiran, Managing Editor of Crikey and Greg Sheridan, Foreign Affairs Editor, The Australian. The late night talkfest attracted an audience of 370,000.


It was an all-repeat Monday on the channel with a replay of a good episode of Great American Railway Journeys featuring Michael Portillo crossing Manhattan by train. The episode did 210,000 after Portillo shared the most popular program last week with 268,000.

Trust Me I’m A Doctor then did 195,000 followed by 24 Hours In Emergency on 121,000.

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