TV Ratings June 20: Portugal v Morocco delivers SBS 550,000 as Seven wins the night

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

• MasterChef fire challenge burns up the ratings at 7.30pm
• House Rules not far behind as Seven schedule wins the night
• FIFA World Cup Portugal v Morocco delivers SBS 550,000
• Midweek Front Bar edition again has edge over The Footy Show


Home and Away had a second successive audience of 695,000 after 723,000 on Monday.

House Rules continued on the farm with 806,000 after a midweek audience of 732,000 last week. Although it narrowly trailed MasterChef in metro overnights, the regional audience allows Seven to market the program as Australia’s #1 entertainment show.

Two episodes of Modern Family then did 327,000 and 207,000 followed by the second week of Splitting Up Together on 120,000.

The Front Bar screened after House Rules in AFL markets with 276,000 – and 191,000 in Melbourne.

House Rules last night


It wasn’t quite MasterChef, but A Current Affair reporter Reid Butler was cooking in a kitchen last night, giving viewers a guide to the best pots and pans to buy. The program launched though with some shocking advice bankers have been giving customers. The midweek episode did 792,000 – close to Tuesday’s 796,000.

Two episodes of Young Sheldon followed with audiences of 596,000 and 582,000.

Britain’s Got Talent then did 244,000 in Sydney and Brisbane followed by an encore screening of Talkin’ ’Bout Your Generation on 68,000, also only in those two markets.

The AFL Footy Show had a five market audience of 209,000 with 134,000 in Melbourne.

Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation last night


Quite liking Hamish Macdonald’s week filling in for Waleed Aly on The Project. Last night he conducted an hilarious discussion with Steve Price about plastic bags in supermarkets. It is almost as if the series has a new EP this week with some very different story mixes. Last night the show ended with a lengthy Hamish Macdonald piece on facial recognition technology. The episode did 511,000, which was down on both Monday and Tuesday.

MasterChef was in the Dandenong Ranges outside Melbourne cooking for firemen. The team challenge meant the competitors could only cook with fire in outdoor ovens. The program ranked #1 in all people and demos with an all people audience of 810,000 after 860,000 last week.

The US drama triple play followed: Instinct on 490,000, Madam Secretary on 207,000 and Hawaii Five-O on 129,000.

MasterChef last night


Catherine McGregor was the guest on Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery with 576,000.

Gruen featured a newcomer to the panel – Nitsa Lotus from TBWA. The show had plenty of pointed comments about Optus and featured a pitch for New Zealand trying to land the 2030 FIFA World Cup. The episode was on 758,000 after 746,000 last week.

The Weekly then featured Guy Pearce with 659,000 watching after 643,000 last week.

Corey White’s Roadmap To Paradise then did 289,000.

The second season of Tonightly launched on Monday this week on ABC Comedy. (Or the last season of Tonightly as host Tom Ballard joked on Monday.) The midweek episode that also screens on the primary channel did 130,000.


The channel’s biggest audience was for its 10pm FIFA World Cup match between Portugal and Morocco with 549,000 watching.

The Russia v Egypt game at 4am Wednesday did 148,000.

The audience watching the second half of Poland v Senegal after 2am Wednesday was 79,000.

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