TV Ratings January 21: Reality trails tennis

• Nine’s primary share over 30%, combined share over 40%

• Australian Open metro audience tops 1m to start week 4
• As Shane Crawford arrives on Celebrity, reality trails tennis
• Sunday FTA Big Bash League audience close to 400,000


Although Seven’s summer of cricket has lifted the station’s share year-on-year, share was down to 14.5% last night, well behind the best night of the Australian Open so far on Nine.

The Big Bash League game between Sydney Sixers and Brisbane Heat was third in the slot early in the night, but moved into second spot after I’m A Celebrity ended. The cricket crowd was 422,000 for the first session and then 380,000 for the second.

Seven ended week 3 a clear leader in breakfast against Nine’s revamped Today. However as Seven’s Tim Worner tells Mediaweek elsewhere today, it’s very early in 2019 to be claiming victory.

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)


• Sunrise 461k (Metro 289k Regional 173k)
• Today 295k (Metro 206k Regional 90k)
• News Breakfast 161k (Metro 91k Regional 70k)


• Sunrise 464k (Metro 281k Regional 182k)
• Today 308k (Metro 212k Regional 96k)
• News Breakfast 184k (Metro 110k Regional 74k)

Doesn’t include ABC News simulcast audience


The broadcaster has enjoyed its biggest ratings with the Australian Open on a day that saw some of the top seeds bundled out. In the first week of the tournament Nine’s best primetime metro primary share was 20.5% on Saturday. They blew away that record last night with a share of 31.9%.

Nine’s combined channel share last night pushed above 40%, which doesn’t happen much any more for any broadcaster.

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

The Sunday metro tennis audiences were as follows:

• Day 7 evening 1,036,000
• Day 7 day 611,000
• Day 7 late 617,000


I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! started its second week facing off against the biggest night of the tennis yet.

Despite grand slam tennis on Nine and Big Bash League action on Seven the reality audience for 10 was over 700,000 as Shane Crawford was revealed as the first intruder. The launch episode a week ago was just over 1m.

Elsewhere on the channel The Sunday Project did 402,000 after 7pm with Joel Creasy a guest.

Later in the night two episodes of NCIS did 296,000 and 175,000.


Grand Designs House Of The Year was on 313,00.

British crime drama Vera did 393,000 with a repeat episode.


A night of Slow TV featured a camera travelling along Britain’s wonderful canal system. It was really slow, yet very relaxing, Slow TV, with 145,000 watching.

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