TV Ratings April 9: Seven #1 primary, Nine #1 in combined share

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


• Seven takes out first night of the Easter survey break just over a point ahead of Nine
• Nine ranks #1 in combined channel share with a total of 29.8%, GO! on 5.0%

MORE: Full shares and ratings in the Mediaweek Morning Report

Week 15, Sunday (Easter survey break)

Breakfast TV on the road: Week 15

The breakfast shows were back in their Sydney studios after a big week of travel.

Ben Fordham was hosting Today alongside Lisa Wilkinson this morning, with Wilkinson reporting Karl was on assignment this week.

Sam and Kochie were back at Martin Place after their week 14 ratings win, although there wasn’t a big margin separating the two.

Sunrise had a week 14 average audience of 310,000 (Sydney 81,000, Melbourne 68,000) while Today did 295,000 (Sydney 97,000, Melbourne 82,000).


Seven News Sunday was again over 1.23m for a second consecutive Sunday.

Sunday Night got an early mark at 7pm with 867,000 watching, which is the second-biggest audience this year.

Seven then covered the Australian Swimming Championships from Brisbane with Basil Zempilas making the long trip from Perth after calling the football on Saturday afternoon. Day one coverage had 255,000 watching.


Nine News Sunday was down from 1.21m to 1.08m week-on-week.

Nine’s 60 Minutes also went early with 792,000 watching, which was the biggest audience since 887,000 in week seven.

The first of the five-part Spy In The Wild nature doco series did 565,000.

Lethal Weapon was then on 298,000 after 250,000 a week ago.


A non-survey Sunday has delivered the best Sunday share in four weeks.

A Modern Family new episode did 539,000 with a repeat on 446,000.

Bull had a good night with 519,000 and a top 10 spot after 373,000 a week ago.

NCIS: New Orleans then did 305,000 after 234,000 last week.


A repeat of David Attenborough’s Life That Glows was a late addition to the schedule at 7.40pm with 484,000 watching.

The Melbourne Comedy Festival’s Allstars Supershow did 513,000 after the Comedy Festival Gala did 449,000 a week ago.


At 7.30pm the final of Britain’s Ancient Capital did 236,000.

The 8.30pm feature doco The Truth About Medical Marijuana kept a similar sized audience with 228,000.

The theme carried through later in the night with the doco Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of National Lampoon pulling 87,000.

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