TV Ratings June 7, 2023: Viewers return to the Nation Building Authority in the first new episode of Utopia in three years

Rob Sitch Utopia

State of Origin cracks 3.4 million in Total TV

• Travis Head scores a century in Day 1 of ICC World Test: Aus v India

Total TV Ratings, May 31

QLD claimed victory against NSW, 26-18, in Game 1 of Nine’s NRL State of Origin, which Queensland great Paul Vautin called the “greatest win of all time”. A whopping 3,445,000 tuned in, up 20%. 1,695,000 watched the Pre Match, up 15% and the Post Match was viewed by 1,038,000, up 18%.

Seven’s Home and Away came in next, with 911,000 watching as Kirby and Theo got on the same level and Marilyn dug her heels in. Up 24%.

Lifting by 32% rise was 10’s MasterChef Australia, with 700,000 tuning in to see the contestants take over a suburban Melbourne Chinese restaurant, Mei Jing. TheoBrentCathDeclanRobbie, Malissa and Adi, won the chance to play for Immunity in the next Immunity Challenge. 

Overnight TV Ratings, June 7

Primetime News
Seven News 928,000 (6:00pm) / 899,000 (6:30pm)
Nine News 830,000 (6:00pm) / 826,000 (6:30pm)
ABC News 510,000
10 News First 233,000 (5:00pm)/ 155,000 (6:00pm)
SBS World News 137,000 (6:30pm)/ 89,000 (7:00pm)

Daily Current Affairs
A Current Affair 654,000
7.30 433,000
The Project 179,000 6:30pm / 262,000 7pm

Breakfast TV
Sunrise 226,000
Today 191,000
News Breakfast 133,000

Seven has won Wednesday night with a primary share of 24.4% and a network share of 32.5%. 7Two and 7Mate have won multi channels with a 3.1% share each.

500,000 began their evening with Seven’s Home and Away as the aftermath of the explosion continued to rock the Bay. Bree sprung into action to save a life while Kate continued to lean on Xander. Then, it was Day 1 of the ICC World Test: Australia v India. Travis Head scored a century with support from Steve Smith, helping Australia reach a commanding position of 3-310 against India. 563,000 tuned in before 338,000 stayed on for the ICC: Lunch Break and 293,000 watched the second half of the match.

Nine’s A Current Affair (654,000) showcased 64-year-old Barbie, who is still one of the world’s most trusted toys for kids and kids at heart. Now the new Barbie film is set to be big business for collectors and parents. Also, in another kick to the guts for struggling mortgage holders, the Reserve Bank Governor Philip Lowe walked out to Justin Timberlake‘s Can’t Stop The Feeling during a financial summit in Sydney. Then, on Travel Guides, our avid explorers took a magical trip to Finland. 686,000 joined the tourists as they visited quirky cities all the way up to the rugged north, and it was one heck of an Arctic ride! The guides went dog sledding with huskies, visited Santa Claus and some even got their gear off for the ultimate cultural experience – a traditional nude ice bath.

433,000 watched ABC’s 7.30 continue to explore the PWC scandal which is raising questions over how entrenched consultancies are in the public service, while also looking at the program teaching Indigenous women to take a lead role in protecting Australia’s iconic coral reefs. Then, 607,000 tuned in for the first episode of Utopia, season 5. After a three-year hiatus, the Aussie comedy is back – the beleaguered staff of the Nation Building Authority are still trying to get the job done in the face of endless backflips, government interference and ever-shifting priorities. 422,000 viewers then stayed on for The Weekly with Charlie Pickering.

On 10, The Project (179,000 6:30pm / 262,000 7pm) welcomed crooner Michael Buble via satellite and spoke with Renee Gracie, a teen sensation in the motor racing world before giving it all up for a career in adult entertainment. Now, she’s back in the hot seat for her big racing comeback. The program also took a look at how the golfing world has been divided over the rogue LIV competition, which has now come together after a bombshell merger with the PGA was announced. Then, on MasterChef Australia, 399,000 tuned in for day three of Home Cooks versus Pro Cooks Week. Three contestants, Declan, Adi and Cath took on Chef Louis Tikaram and his team, Benson Skelton and Mark David Tumacder, from Stanley Restaurant in Brisbane. The latter beat our home cooks, sending them into the Immunity Challenge on Sunday.

The highest rating non-news show on SBS was History of the Sitcom with 64,000 tuning into the episode which covered 90’s ‘hanging out with friends’ sitcoms, which became the vital force driving the genre and, in many ways, pop culture. 

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