TV Ratings July 5: Britain’s Got Talent marathon helps secure Nine midweek win

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

Britain's Got Talent

• Three hours of Britain’s Got Talent + News + ACA secure Nine midweek win
• Ob docs and US crime drama see Seven close behind in second spot
• TEN’s MasterChef Tokyo team challenge #1 at 7.30pm all people & demos
• Tour de France stage five delivers SBS best Wednesday share of 2017

See full ratings figures on the Mediaweek Morning Report here.


Home and Away has gone from 732,000 to 703,000 on successive nights this week with the week’s final episodes screening tonight.

The ob doc double of Border Security and The Force followed with 727,000 for the former and 680,000 for the latter. Both programs were up close to 100,000 on last week’s numbers.

Two episodes of Criminal Minds were next. The new episode did 509,000 (451,000 last week) with the second on 413,000.

Wimbledon has been screening on Seven and 7TWO since Monday evening. The day 3 numbers on Seven were 164,000 with 102,000 watching on 7TWO earlier in the night.


Shoplifting and the naughty nurse were among the ACA highlights for the midweek audience of 925,000 after Tuesday’s crowd of 878,000.

Nine then turned the evening into a Britain’s Got Talent marathon with the third live semifinal show at 7.30pm attracting 617,000.

After 9pm the channel screened the BGT special on the best and worst child stars on the UK show over the years with 411,000 watching.


Discussions on The Project last night included Bernard Tomic and North Korea with a midweek 7pm audience of 558,000 after 609,000 on Tuesday.

On MasterChef the red team took the points in the team challenge in an alley on a Tokyo side street bursting with food stalls. The decision means Sarah will have a chance to use her immunity pin just two days after winning it. The penultimate episode in Japan had an audience of 840,000 after 904,000 on Wednesday last week. The program was well ahead in its timeslot all people and in key demos, and it ranked #1 for the night in key demos too.

The second episode of the new Offspring series was on 594,000 after launching last week with 724,000.


Anh’s Brush With Fame wrapped its second season last night with special guest Samuel Johnson, who revealed the personal challenges he and his family have been facing. The episode did 643,000 after 623,000 a week ago.

Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell followed with 597,000, down just a little from 624,000 last week.

Ronnie Chieng: International Student did 304,000 followed by Adam Hills: The Last Leg on 237,000.


Chris Tarrant’s Extreme Railway Journeys saw him on and off trains across Russia with 260,000 watching.

Coverage of stage five of Le Tour de France began at 8.30pm, although host Mike Tomalaris warned early they wouldn’t have live pictures until about 9.15pm which meant more of Gabriel Gaté. The coverage had an average audience of 246,000.

The cycling coverage pushed the midweek channel average to 7.3%, which makes it the best SBS share on any night since Eurovision and easily the best Wednesday of the year.

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