TV Ratings March 17, 2023: Return of Friday night AFL kicks goals for Seven


Dolphins claim third consecutive win in NRL

• ABC’s Endeavour sails to the top of entertainment

Total TV Ratings, March 10

The second episode of the final series of ABC’s Endeavour delivered a total TV audience of 778,000, lifting 36% as a death of a uniformed cop sent shockwaves through the town.

ABC also enjoyed a strong lift on Gardening Australia with 18% to reach 651,000 as Jane visited a florist and Tammy toured a Begonia collection.

ABC’s Van Der Valk, had the highest lift on overnight, rising 43% for 319,000.

Overnight TV Ratings, March 17

Seven has dominated the Friday night shares, thanks to the return of the AFL. Seven had a primary channel share of 27.4% and a network share of 37.6%, while 7mate took out the multichannel win with 4.8%.

After 552,000 watched the AFL opener between Richmond and Carlton on Thursday night, Seven continued its AFL success with 551,000 tuning in to watch Collingwood claim a 22-point win over Geelong. The post-match coverage clocked 381,000, while the Friday night countdown narrowly made the top 20 with 202,000.


The top program on the Nine was A Current Affair, with 345,000 tuning in to watch the daughter of Roxlyn and John Bowie plead for her father to reveal where her mother’s body is after Bowie was recently sentenced to 24 years in jail for murdering his wife over 40 years ago. The Friday Night NRL, which saw the Dolphins claim victory against the Knights (36-20) and the Roosters dominate the Rabbitohs (20-18), clocked 299,000. 

On the ABC, Endeavour topped entertainment with 387,000 as the third episode in the latest season saw a series of death notices in the Oxford Mail, each with a distinctive, cryptic message, providing clues to Endeavour’s latest – and final – investigation. Earlier in the night, Costa toured Hannah’s home garden and met an internationally celebrated florist in front of 328,000 on Gardening Australia.

On 10, 210,000 tuned into 10 News First, while 140,000 watched the 7PM Project as the team discussed concerns of AI hacking into Centrelink accounts.

The highest-rated non-news show on SBS was Wrecks That Changed The World, with 87,000.


Fox League’s NRL coverage has dominated subscription TV, with round 3 airing in front of 376,000. Roosters v Rabbitohs clocked 328,000, while Knights v Dolphins pulled in an audience of 261,000. Fox Footy saw the return of AFL, with Geelong v Collingwood reaching 259,000.

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