TV Ratings August 1: Survivor wins its first night

Mediaweek editor Jame Manning rounds up last nights TV ratings

• Seven’s midweek combo with Highway Patrol a winner
• TEN’s Australian Survivor wins timeslot on debut, up YOY


The channel has bounced from a year low and third place to be a midweek winner.

Home and Away, after starting the week above and then below 700,000, had a Wednesday audience of 665,000.

Two episodes of Highway Patrol then did 582,000 and 657,000.

The launch of 9-1-1 then did 557,000.


A Current Affair dropped just below 800,000 for the first time this week.

Nine then went with three hours of BGT – Britain’s Got Talent at 7.30pm, which did 497,000 followed by Britain’s Got More Talent at 9.30pm with 316,000.


At 6pm Pointless did 311,000 followed by The Project with 309,000 and then 506,000 after 7pm.

The launch episode of Survivor introduced all the teams to what always won’t feel like a tropical paradise. It was game on during the first challenge with both teams winning different legs as the contestants got a good workout. For an agitated Matt, his first night in Savusavu would prove to be his last when the Contender tribe made its vote at tribal council after Matt just couldn’t help himself, shooting off at the mouth. The launch episode did 716,000, which was a timeslot and demo winner, the #1 non-news show of the night, and was also up 12% on the launch episode last year.


Football star Adam Goodes was the subject on Anh’s Brush With Fame with an audience of 671,000.

The Weekly with Charlie Pickering then did 573,000 with Virginia Trioli the guest on Hard Chat.

You Can’t Ask That did 406,000, Adam Hills: The Last Leg did 295,000 and Tonightly on the primary channel did 141,000.


The second episode of the Dead Lucky drama did 173,000 after launching with 232,000 a week ago.

The launch episode of Food Safari Water did 172,000.

Elsewhere, Great British Railway Journeys did 241,000 and Simon Reeve In Burma was on 211,000.

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