TV Ratings January 21: Aus Open building momentum for Nine

• Nine’s second week of Australian Open should keep it #1

Week 4 2019 – Summer schedule – Monday

• Just on 800,000 metro watch biggest tennis stars in action
• Yuk! Look what Celebrity did to Shane Crawford on 10

FTA early evening TV news

• Seven News 931,000 and 784,000 (no Perth for second half hour)
• Nine News 842,000 and 860,000
• ABC News 666,000
• 10 News First 433,000
• SBS World News 143,000

Breakfast TV

• Sunrise 257,000
• Today 211,000
• ABC News Breakfast 105,000


The Big Bash League match was a one sided affair with the Hobart Hurricanes easily accounting for the Adelaide Strikers. The Hurricanes didn’t lose a wicket as they easily overhauled the Strikers’ total.

The audiences for each session were again close to 400,000.


The Australian Open tennis should deliver good numbers across the rest of the week as the world’s best compete for a place in the quarterfinals.

The evening session average last night was 794,000 compared to 538,000 on day 1. Late night viewing was on 497,000 and daytime average was 305,000.

The Monday primary share was 26.6%, up from 19.8% on the first night of the tournament a week ago.

See our separate features this week with a deeper dive into the Australian Open TV ratings from the first week of the tournament.


I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! saw former Nine personality Shane Crawford cop a horrid challenge as he entered the jungle. The audience watching was 743,000, down from the previous Monday crowd of 890,000. A bigger tennis crowd of 250,000 would have something to do with the drop. Despite the tennis, Celebrity managed to rank #1 under 50 again.

The Project was just under half a million as Steve Price entertained with his forceful arguments. Yet he turned into a very gentle co-host when former Celebrity colleague Nazeem Hussain was on. Price would be an asset on the show every night.

At 9pm 10 went with a Royal Family special – Kate v Meghan: Princesses at War – which featured almost every British royal watcher you could imagine. It did OK numbers too given the opposition – 402,000.


Back Roads was in Marble Bar with 501,000 watching at 8pm.

The final part of Hawke: The Larrikin and the Leader did 310,000 after 8.30pm.

A repeat of War On Waste, episode two of three, did 153,000.


Queen Elizabeth’s Secret Agents did 156,000, which was the channel’s best.

Share dipped below 4% for only the second time this year.

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