TV Ratings August 16, 2023: The Matildas make TV ratings history in semi-final loss

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1.2 million tune into The Block in Total TV

• All current affairs programs put the spotlight on the Matildas
• 998,000 tune into Thank God You’re Here in Total TV

Total TV Ratings, August 9

1,219,000 tuned into Nine’s The Block. With only four more days until the studio bathrooms must be complete, some of the Blockheads were struggling, up by a massive 52%.

998,000 watched 10’s Thank God You’re Here, where Celia Pacquola threw another round of comedians into scenarios with no idea what was about to happen, up 42%.

931,000 tuned into ABC’s Gruen, where host Wil Anderson was joined by Todd Sampson, Christina AventiDee Madigan and Russel Howcroft, up 31%.

900,000 viewed Seven’s Home and Away where Kirby faced a huge life decision and Felicity felt exposedup 25%.

630,000 also saw the season premiere of Inspired Unemployed (Impractical) Jokers starring Jack Steele and Matt Ford, up 47%.

Overnight TV Ratings, August 16

Primetime News
Seven News 880,000 (6:00pm) / 838,000 (6:30pm)
Nine News 803,000 (6:00pm) / 796,000 (6:30pm)
ABC News 472,000
10 News First 206,000 (5:00pm)/ 153,000 (6:00pm)
SBS World News 151,000 (6:30pm)/ 120,000 (7:00pm)

Daily Current Affairs
A Current Affair 567,000
7.30 295,000
The Project 154,000 6:30pm / 204,000 7pm

Breakfast TV
Today 195,000
Sunrise 193,000
News Breakfast 146,000

Seven well and truly won Wednesday night with a primary share of 65.8% and a huge network share of 69.9%. 7Two has won multi channels with a 1.7% share.

There was no Home and Away on Seven last night as 1,853,000 tuned in with anticipation to the Pre-Game of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 Semi-Final between the Matildas and England. Then in record-breaking numbers, 4,495,000 watched the match before 1,786,000 stayed on for the Post-Match. It was a devastating loss for our girls as England secured the win, 3 -1, with superstar of the pitch Sam Kerr scoring our only goal, and a long-range one at that. The game was tense, seeing many missed opportunities from our side; however, the Matildas put up a valiant fight. Keeping the ball for long periods of time, they were up against a side that was awarded two yellow cards for rough play. The England Lionesses will now play Spain in the final, while Australia will play Sweden on Saturday, August 19 for a chance at third place. Regardless of the loss, Australians are still immensely proud of the Matildas. Up the Tillies!! 

Nine’s A Current Affair (567,000) looked at Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s vow for a Public Holiday if the Matildas won the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Although a large majority of Aussies were on board, small businesses claimed they would take a hit while already struggling. Then, in Brisbane and Sydney, 175,000 tuned into The Block where the Blockheads were halfway through building their studios while Leah and Kyle made amends. In Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide, 105,000 watched a re-run of RBT. A repeat of Paramedics then followed in all states for 103,000.

295,000 watched ABC’s 7.30 explore how the National Cabinet has agreed to build 1.2 million new homes over five years and also looked at how Tasmania is the only Liberal state, while there are wall-to-wall Labor governments on the mainland. The program also put a spotlight on the Matildas v England in the World Cup Semi-Finals. 193,000 then tuned in for Hard Quiz while 215,000 stayed on for Gruen. Host Anderson was joined by Sampson, Howcroft, Karen Ferry and Camey O’Keefe for the final episode of the season. 68,000 then watched ABC comedy Gold Diggers as Gert and Marigold went on the run to escape their terrible crimes.

On 10, The Project (154,000 6:30pm / 204,000 7pm) spoke to football fans ahead of the Matildas versus England match and looked at how as more questions emerged over the potentially deadly Beef Wellington that Erin Patterson served, it still remains unclear where exactly the mushrooms came from. A repeat of The Dog House Australia aired for 110,000 as greyhound Alinta looked to turn her life around after a hard start as a racing dog. Two re-runs of Ambulance Australia then followed for 61,000 / 97,000.

The highest rating non-news show on SBS was Michael Mosley Secrets of the Superagers with 88,000 tuning in to see Dr Michael Mosley looking at the latest methods to preserve our heart health, bones and muscles. 

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