TV Ratings June 27: TEN scores primary channel win with cooks and sharks

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

• TEN scores another primary channel winning share with cooks & sharks
• #1 with close immunity battle on MasterChef, then a confirmed Shark sighting
• ABC audience liked Fairfax collaboration, but The New York Times? Not so much
• Filthy Rich & Homeless nearly as popular as Michael Portillo on SBS

See full ratings figures on the Mediaweek Morning Report here.


Home and Away is half-way through its last week of the first half of 2017 as the Monday audience of 762,000 turned into 757,000.

It was then date night on the channel again. First Dates did 591,000 after 641,000 a week ago. The numbers plunged for the UK episode immediately following – 345,000 tuned in after 377,000 last week.


The numbers for A Current Affair were down over 100,000 from Monday night to 823,000. Stories included Court TV and a green thumbed thief, plus a plug from Tracy Grimshaw for the relaunched which they are calling – Live, Fast and Free.

20 To One continues to struggle at 7.30pm with 510,000 after 572,000 last week.

Love Child managed to lift the audience a little – up to 543,000 which was also up on its last week numbers of 518,000.

Operation Thailand jumped significantly later in the night with 319,000 tuning in.


The Project couldn’t hold its Monday numbers as 700,000 turned into 567,000. Joining the show was ABC journalist Rachael Brown to talk about her podcast Trace.

MasterChef was key to TEN winning the night in primary channel share with 894,000 watching an immunity challenge, which is close to last Tuesday’s 914,000. Contestant Sarah Tiong and the guest chef were only separated by a point.

The second episode of Shark Tank managed to keep most of its audience, which is not always easy when you launch to a good crowd. Week two was on 737,000 after a launch of 750,000.


Ask The Doctor continues to trade close to 450,000 – it was just over that last week and just under last night.

The 8.30pm special one-hour edition of Foreign Corespondent featured a second partnership with a publisher in two nights. Monday night it was Four Corners with Fairfax, last night the partner was The New York Times. The ratings couldn’t have been more different. Four Corners was just under 1m, while the Foreign Correspondent partnership with The NYT did 330,000.


Great Continental Railway Journeys saw Michael Portillo travelling from Tula to St Petersburg. It was the channel’s #1 again with 366,000 after 362,000 last week. The audience is very loyal. (Don’t miss Mediaweek’s exclusive interview with Michael Portillo in the next Mediaweek Magazine.)

However it had some competition last night from the first episode of Blackfella Films’ Filthy Rich and Homeless. With the help of a good lead-in, the program did 354,000 in the Insight slot. Insight did 238,000 there last week.

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