TV Ratings July 5: Love Island finale a multichannel hit, SCG AFL upset a win for Seven

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

• SCG AFL upset a win for Geelong and a win for Seven
• MasterChef upset sees Brendan Pang leave the top 10
• Final night of 9GO!’s Love Island Australia a multichannel hit
• Penultimate episode of The Handmaid’s Tale screens on SBS


Seven’s best in primetime was the AFL match between Sydney and Geelong with the visitors causing something of an upset on the Swans’ home ground. The audience was 516,000 with 276,000 in Melbourne.


The Storm v Dragons was Nine’s Thursday night football. The national cume reach was 1.76m while the national metro average was 409,000.

The final episode of Love Island Australia was the #1 multichannel program (metro and national) with people 25-54 and 16-39.

The 9GO! national peak audience was 405,000 – metro 270,000 and regional 135,000.

The 9GO! national average audience was 261,000 – metro 197,000 and regional 64,000.

Nine has advised that as of 9am this morning, the VPM for last night’s episode is sitting at 54,000.

Pictured Top: Love Island winners Grant Crapp and Tayla Damir


MasterChef again pulled the biggest crowd of the evening after 7pm with 738,000 farewelling Perth social worker Brendan Pang. Sashi faced a big decision as he still had one of his coveted immunity pins. He knew it was a tough call to lose it so close to the end, but desperate not to be sent home he played the pin and opted out of the cook.

Todd Sampson’s Bodyhack 2.0 then did 362,000.


The channel’s best after News and 7.30 was Grand Designs Australia on 403,000.

The Foxtel acquisition is working much better on Thursday nights than multi-award winning Wentworth, which was moved out of the schedule after a few weeks.


The Handmaid’s Tale

Ahead of what promises to be some intriguing match-ups at the FIFA World Cup this weekend, the channel’s best was again Great British Railway Journeys on 256,000.

The penultimate episode of The Handmaid’s Tale then did 215,000.

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