• Lego Masters heist leads to a sad goodbye
• New Bluey continues to perform well for ABC
Total TV Ratings, April 23
Hearts were aflutter on Seven’s Farmer Wants A Wife, as a bombshell from Natalie Gruzlewski saw the farmers spending the afternoon getting to know some new potential love interests. After a round of speed dates, 1,154,000 watched as each farmer invited one lady to the farm, but not before sneaking in a romantic solo date each, lifting 29%.
After previously being tasked with sending a creation up a six meter wire, Nine’s Lego Masters: Grand Masters hit even higher heights by sending models into space while strapped to a rocket. 957,000 then watched as the pairs were tasked with moving a ping pong ball across a room using only Lego, in what Brickman called “the hardest elimination challenge ever” on the show, also up 29%.
Midsomer Murders were faced with a killer targeting a police retirement community, lifting 36% and cracking the case for 858,000.
As finals week began on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, Aesha got down and dirty in the Stinking Ship trial, before 790,000 watched as Debra Lawrance was farewelled from the South African jungle, up 27%
Overnight TV Ratings, April 30
Seven News 894,000
Nine News 763,000
ABC News 535,000
10 News First 175,000 (5:00pm)/ 165,000 (6:00pm)
SBS World News 138,000 (6:30pm)/ 118,000 (7:00pm)
Daily Current Affairs
60 Minutes 357,000
The Project 195,000 (6:30 pm)/ 289,000 (7pm)
News Breakfast 144,000
Seven has won Sunday night with a primary share of 20.8% and a network share of 28.4%. 7mate has come out as top multichannel with a 3.7% share.
On Seven’s Farmer Wants A Wife, one farmer reached the end of road when he professed his love to one lucky lady. 550,000 watched as after Farmer Andrew‘s date with Claire, he realised that she was the one. Deciding to end his journey early, Andrew farewelled Sarah and Jessie, before telling Claire: “I’m falling in love with you.” 7News Spotlight then shone a light on the Markles, interviewing the family about the truth about Meghan Markle for 384,000
The Tigers went head-to-head with the Suns on Sunday arvo AFL, with 275,000 watching as the Gold Coast Suns got the win 72-48.
On Nine, Lego Masters: Grand Masters were challenged with creating a heist scene. 548,000 watched as the show farewelled former winners David and Gus due to the misshapen bow of their luxury yacht model. 60 Minutes then told 357,000 about two young Instagram influencers who discovered crime doesn’t pay when they tried to smuggle a huge shipment of cocaine into Australia while on a cruise.
Earlier in the afternoon, Sunday afternoon NRL saw the streak of the Dragons winning at their home ground broken, with 252,000 watching as the Bulldogs got the win at WIN Stadium, 18-16 (much to the dismay of your local Dragons-supporting TV ratings writer).
On 10, The Sunday Project (195,000 6:30pm / 289,000 7pm) took a look at the upcoming Kings coronation, and interviewed actor Joshua Jackson. The grand finale of I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! saw Liz Ellis crowned Queen of the Jungle, with Harry Garside coming in second, and Aesha Scott third. 562,000 watched the emotional end, peaking at 592,000 for the winner’s announcement.
Senior Vice President Content and Programming, Paramount Australia and New Zealand (ANZ), Daniel Monaghan, said: “We’re delighted with the performance of I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! in its new timeslot starting straight after our Formula One coverage and just in time for family viewing over Easter.
“This year’s celebrities have brought our screens alive, bringing authenticity, humour and warmth not to mention a dash of drama. We’ve loved seeing their personal growth in the jungle and peeling back the layers of each celebrity, getting to know their worthy charities and seeing their bonds and friendships flourish in camp. And of course, their bravery, fortitude and folly as they faced frightening and revolting challenges that have given us unforgettable, laugh out loud moments.
“It’s also been wonderful to back in South Africa, the birthplace of the series, and we must congratulate our incredibly talented team at Network 10 and ITV Studios Australia, on delivering an outstanding season. Hosts Julia Morris and Dr. Chris Brown have been exceptional, and what a fitting swan song for Chris to be finishing his time on the series with a stellar season.
“We’re thrilled to welcome new royalty to Australia and see Liz crowned the Queen of the jungle and are proud to donate $100,000 to her charity, Share the Dignity.”
Grand Designs UK brought 441,000 in to the ABC, as Dorran and Vereuschka built a super-modern underground lair inside a hill outside Canterbury. Midsomer Murders took 412,000 along the journey to solve a case in the world of organic baking.
On ABC Kids, the newest episode of Bluey got 510,000 tails wagging as Bluey taught Bingo and Bandit what to do with their upset and angry feelings.
The highest rating non-news show on SBS was Lost Beasts with 97,000.