TV Ratings August 17: AFL Footy Show continues to thrive with return of Eddie

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

• Return of Eddie keeps Nine’s AFL Footy Show at 300,000
• Seven records lowest share on any night since Ninja final
• The Bachelor posts best Thursday crowd & ranks #1 25-54

See full ratings figures on the Mediaweek Morning Report here.


Seven set a record last night it doesn’t want – its lowest Thursday share this year. The night continues to be a challenge with live NRL in Sydney and Brisbane virtually every week against it plus a revived Footy Show offering in AFL markets.

Home and Away finished its week on 674,000.

Make You Laugh Out Loud looked at weddings and did 457,000.

The Front Bar had a three-market audience of 222,000 with 164,000 in Melbourne, which is down from 180,000 last week.


A Current Affair was hosted by Leila McKinnon, who explained Tracy Grimshaw was on assignment. The Thursday episode did 780,000 with an amazing story from reporter Alicia Muling about a home-buying scam.

The Eels v Titans NRL match then did 416,000 – 241,000 in Sydney and then 175,000 in Brisbane.

The NRL Footy Show didn’t screen until after the game with 155,000 – 88,000 in Sydney and 67,000 in Brisbane.

The AFL Footy Show continues to thrive under its new host with an audience of 299,000 this week. That’s down from 361,000 a week ago but it is way above the program average this year.


The Bachelor had a good night with its best Thursday crowd this season – 787,000. It was also the second-biggest audience on any night after the launch episode did 846,000 three weeks ago. The Bachelor also was a clear leader in key demos and was #1 for the night 25-54.

The Project did 579,000 with Fitzy at the desk and guests including Rhys Darby and Leah from The Bachelor.

Common Sense was on 289,000 after 288,000 last week.


Pulse has the biggest audience after News and 7.30 with 413,000 last night after the medical drama did 436,000 last week.

Short Cuts To Glory did 356,000 at 8pm.


Michael Portillo was in the cabin of a fast train on Great British Railway Journeys and the program has sped into the top 20 with 381,000, which has outperformed the Tuesday audience watching his US series.

At 8pm scones were baked on a camp fire and work got under way on the restaurant on Gourmet Farmer. The Essential Media essential Thursday viewing did 306,000 after 293,000 last week.

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