TV Ratings August 16: Nine’s Doctor Doctor returns a timeslot winner

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

Doctor Doctor

• Doctor Doctor returns a timeslot winner as Nine momentum continues
• TEN’s The Bachelor and ABC’s Mad As Hell best of the rest

See full ratings figures on the Mediaweek Morning Report here.


Home and Away has made it over 700,000 once this week with Wednesday sitting just below on 681,000.

The ob doc hour saw both Border Security and The Force close to 660,000, down from just over 700,000 when they last broadcast back-to-back a fortnight ago.

A double helping of Criminal Minds continues to be the Wednesday mid-evening offer with the new episode on 441,000 (428,000 a week ago) and the repeat ep on 345,000 (316,000).


A Current Affair steered under 900,000 for the first time this week with 882,000. Chris Allen reported on the mystery surrounding the murder of Donna Steele. There was also a report on new TVs in the market – Nine tech contributor Trevor Long was missing, possibly because he was on the road in China this week.

On The Block there was debate about protocols plus discussion about desks and sliding doors in kids’ bedrooms. The final episode of the ratings week did 998,000 after 974,000 on Wednesday last week.


The Project 7pm had another night under 600,000, but only just. Singer-songwriter and Aussie music legend Paul Kelly was a guest while Xavier Brinkman had a great interview with The Dark Tower’s Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, with McConaughey displaying his cricket knowledge!

The Bachelor pulled the channel’s biggest audience with 736,000 after 753,000 a week ago. Simone was sent home after she had to endure debate about her past as a topless waitress.

On Offspring it was revealed that Nina Proudman is pregnant again. It was a relatively small audience that heard the bombshell though – 556,000 saw the program just squeeze into the top 20 after 616,000 were watching a week ago. The program still managed to rank #1 25-54 in its timeslot.


Hard Quiz was on 598,000, up a little from 586,000 a week ago.

Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell had the channel’s biggest audience yesterday with 732,000 after 750,000 last week.

Utopia covered workplace training videos and there was discussion about workplace bullying and a failed live stream from the prime minister. The episode did 684,000, down from 714,000 a week ago.

Growing Up Gracefully was on 276,000 followed by The Last Leg with 235,000.


Inside Westminster featured at 7.30pm with 218,000.

Part two of Hijacked did 158,000 at 8.30pm followed by 124,000 watching The Good Fight.

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