TV Ratings July 4: Seven #1, Prince Charles on MasterChef pulls 920,000

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

• Front Bar a key player in Seven’s Wednesday winning lineup
• Prince Charles brings MasterChef its second-best 2018 audience
• Big crowd up early to watch England hang on in FIFA World Cup


After two nights close to 750,000, the midweek episode of Home And Away drifted lower to 696,000.

A phobia of spiders caused some angst on House Rules with 748,000 watching.

The Front Bar then screened in some markets to 278,000 with 182,000 in Melbourne.

Modern Family episodes then did 316,000 and 238,000 screening at different times around the network.

Day three of Wimbledon attracted 216,000.

The Front Bar


A Current Affair held above 800,000 for its Wednesday episode.

The season final of Young Sheldon series one then did 580,000 followed by a repeat on 483,000.

The AFL Footy Show did 196,000 across the network with 136,000 in Melbourne.

Young Sheldon


The Project just managed to make it to half a million.

MasterChef didn’t get a lot of time with his royal highness Prince Charles, but it was enough to make it MasterChef Royal Week. The challenge last night in Darwin involved the Prince, who also stopped for a group photo. The audience of 920,000 was the second-biggest this year and it was the show’s best Wednesday this season.

The US dramas followed – Instinct with 450,000 and then Madam Secretary on 189,000.


Nicky Winmar was the guest of Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery with 505,000 watching.

The season final of Gruen then did 688,000 followed by The Weekly on 575,000. Both shows were down about 40,000 on last week.


The 4am start to the England v Colombia World Cup elimination match did 180,000. The post-match coverage, which included the penalty shoot-out that kept England alive, did 246,000. A match replay later in the day did 109,000.

Later that night Robson Green’s Australian Adventure did 246,000.

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