TV Ratings January 16: I’m A Celebrity continues to beat Aus Open

• Seven’s evening of cricket keeps primary channel #2…just ahead of 10

Week 3 2019 – Summer schedule – Wednesday

• I’m A Celebrity finds a level just under 750,000 on night four
• Nine’s biggest Australian Open average audience seals midweek win
• Breakfast TV week: Sunrise in front nationally, but Today #1 in Sydney


The Big Bash League returned to Seven last night but the match wasn’t enough to stop the channel’s primary share from slipping to a week low of 14.5%.

The first innings of the Sydney Sixers v Melbourne Renegades match did 399,000 with the second innings down to 299,000. Bearing in mind the game was also broadcast on Fox Cricket, the numbers were however the lowest ever FTA audience for a Big Bash match.

Much earlier in the day, Seven remained on top at breakfast:

Breakfast TV Seven v Nine Week 3


• Sunrise 427k (Metro 266k Regional 161k)
• Today 311k (Metro 197k Regional 115k)
• News Breakfast 173k* (Metro 103k Regional 70k)


• Sunrise 444k (Metro 275k Regional 169k)
• Today 303k (Metro 202k Regional 102k)
• News Breakfast 163k* (Metro 100k Regional 64k)


• Sunrise 425k (Metro 251k Regional 174k)
• Today 342k (Metro 238k Regional 105k)
• News Breakfast 173k* (Metro 103k Regional 70k)

Doesn’t include ABC News simulcast audience


The channel enjoyed its biggest Australian Open average audience last night with 726,000. That led Nine to its best primary share of the week with 25.3% and its best combined channel share with 33.1%.

See our separate feature today with a deeper dive into the Australian Open TV ratings from the first two days of the Australian Open week one.

The Wednesday tennis audiences were as follows:

• Day 3 evening 726,000
• Day 3 late 453,000
• Day 3 day 316,000

In breakfast TV, Today continues to trail Sunrise in most markets, except significantly in Sydney where Today again had a clear lead over Sunrise – 83,000 v 58,000 on Wednesday.


After audience drops on the second and third nights this week, I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! has levelled off at just under 750,000.

The reality contest has remained the #1 non-news program all week and delivered the media an avalanche of stories to fill the entertainment pages online and in print.

Normally Celebrity needs to compete with My Kitchen Rules and Married At First Sight for editorial space, but this week entertainment editors are relying on the jungle news to keep up a fresh supply of content. And the celebrities have certainly been delivering so far.

Week one: I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!

• Sunday 1.098m and 1.014m
• Monday: 890,000
• Tuesday: 732,000
• Wednesday: 736,000

The Project had a better night on 467,000 after 7pm.

Law & Order: SVU then did 284,000.


A repeat of Stop Laughing…This Is Serious did 334,000.

A repeat of QI was on 283,000.


Michael Portillo proved again to be the main attraction with a repeat of Great British Railway Journeys on 199,000.

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