TV Ratings August 3: Nine wins fourth consecutive night in week 31

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

• Nine builds week 31 lead with fourth consecutive primary channel win
• Seven’s Thursday share lifts and network #1 in combined share
• The Front Bar enjoys final Footy Show-free Thursday with year high
• 8pm food fight: Public broadcasters pitch Matt Okine against Matthew Evans

See full ratings figures on the Mediaweek Morning Report here.


Seven managed to lift its Thursday share week-on-week, and its 18.4% last night was its best Thursday primetime share in five weeks. The network also managed to rank #1 with combined channel share on 28.9% with 7TWO leading the way on 4.6% thanks to Father Brown who has been driving ratings on both 7TWO and the ABC.

Home and Away finished its week on 733,000 to be the #1 non-news show.

Delinquents Make You Laugh Out Loud was over 500,000, up slightly from 498,000 watching the format last week.

The Front Bar got the 8.30pm slot in some markets with a very strong 266,000 watching in Melbourne. The program enjoyed its last night before the return of The AFL Footy Show on Nine next week.

All Round To Mrs Brown’s did 454,000 with different timeslots around the network including 8.30pm in Sydney and Brisbane.


Unpaid road tolls and a baby formula frenzy were highlights on A Current Affair while host Tracy Grimshaw also paid tribute to retiring Laurie Oakes. The show continues its good week with 881,000 which was a Thursday high for 2017.

Live NRL screened in some markets. The match averaged 235,000 in Sydney and 147,000 in Brisbane.

RBT had 342,000 viewers in AFL markets while the 2014 movie Non-Stop did 212,000 in those same markets.


Tim Blackwell was a guest reporter and there were also some very cute huskies on The Project. The second half of the show averaged 538,000.

Episode four of The Bachelor was on 726,000, which is close to the 739,000 watching on Thursday a week ago. Social media is full of banana cream pie action from the episode today!

Common Sense then started just before 9pm with 327,000, another week-on-week slide, down from 357,000.


The channel has put foodies back in the 8pm slot. Short Cuts To Glory debuted with 354,000 as Jill Dupleix showed host Matt Okine how to cook the perfect roast lamb. Next week the busy Okine visits Neil Perry. Okine stepped off a plane from Montreal Comedy Festival on Monday morning this week and later in the day was presenting his other new series The Other Guy at the Stan showcase.

Pulse remains one of the best dramas on TV at present and last night’s episode was a cracker taking viewers on an emotional rollercoaster ride. The show deserves a bigger audience with 404,000 last night after 470,000 last week.

Also deserving of a few more viewers is Cleverman, which ended its second season with 114,000.


No wonder other broadcasters are getting angry – SBS featured some good shows worthy of any channel last night.

Michael Portillo pushed the audience needle to 400,000 with a wonderful episode of Great British Railway Journeys as he travelled through Wales. SBS took the opportunity to remind viewers he returns to the 7.30pm Tuesday timeslot soon too.

At 8pm was the first episode of the new season of Gourmet Farmer which will track Matthew Evans moving to a new Tasmanian property where he will build a home and a restaurant. Episode one did 318,000.

Global Junk Food then did 242,000 followed by Versailles with 114,000.

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