TV Ratings April 5: Comm Games Day 1 puts Seven well in front

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

• Seven reports Day 1 Comm Games reach of 7.8m, metro average 1.23m
• Nine sees respectable crowd for NRL in Sydney, TEN holds audiences


The first day of Commonwealth Games competition saw the channel again well in front, but the crowd was well down on the Opening Ceremony.

Seven this morning reported “7.8m viewers watched first day of full event coverage – a third of the population”. (Network national reach estimate based on Metro and Regional for 1 min of Commonwealth Games telecast viewed.)

Commonwealth Games on Seven

April 4: Opening Ceremony 2.0m, Primetime primary share 43.8%
April 5: Night 1 1.23m/1.16m, Afternoon 554k, Day 418k, Primetime primary share 33.0%


A Current Affair was again under 700,000 with the Thursday edition now screening in all markets after the end of daylight saving.

The live NRL did 287,000 with 194,000 in Sydney and 84,000 in Brisbane.

A combination of the timeslot and the Comm Games saw the NRL Footy Show audience on 76,000 in Sydney and 23,000 in Brisbane.

The AFL Footy Show had 128,000 watching in Melbourne.


Melissa Etheridge and Sheryl Crow were guests on The Project for the 7pm audience of 396,000.

Episode three of Show Me The Movie did 372,000 up against Aussie gold medal performances. That’s actually the same number watching a week ago – guests Merrick Watts and Cal Wilson helped keep the crowd.

The penultimate episode of Gogglebox season nine then did 561,000, which was up close to 100,000 on last week when there were live NRL and AFL on offer.


Call The Midwife did 494,000 at 8pm and the final of this season of Unforgotten followed with 329,000.


Great British Railway Journeys did 250,000 at 7.30pm followed by Luke Nguyen’s Food Trail on 132,000.

The 2015 Nicole Kidman/Werner Herzog movie Queen Of The Desert then did 108,000.

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