TV Ratings March 21: AFL tops NRL in first face off

• Seven’s highest share this year

Thursday: Week 12 2019

• Seven is back: High flying Thursday with share leaping to 25.2%
• Tigers v Blues, Game 1 2019 AFL audience up 14% in Melbourne
• Seven’s highest share this year, plus 7TWO and 7mate top multis
• Waleed and Scott Morrison moves the needle on The Project 6.30pm

• Seven News 887,000/742,000
• Nine News 775,000/773,000
• A Current Affair 481,000 (No Brisbane)
• ABC News 602,000
• 7.30 468,000
• The Project 387,000/434,000
• 10 News First 352,000
• SBS World News 104,000

Breakfast TV

• Sunrise 280,000
Today 192,000


One episode of Home And Away did 414,00 after the week went from a high of 658,000 on Monday.

The start of the AFL season gave Seven a huge Thursday boost. It gave Seven its best primary share this year and equal second best since last October. Seven’s winning combined channel share was 36.8%, which was not only the best this year, but the best since that Royal Wedding Friday night in early October last year.

The Richmond v Carlton opener was a one sided affair early on. The metro audience was 728,000 with 475,000 in Melbourne. The pre and post-show audience in Melbourne was over 200,000.

A Better Homes And Gardens Special on global gardens screened on Seven and 7TWO in different markets with an audience of 254,000.


A Current Affair screened across four markets – no Brisbane – with 481,000.

The NRL did 430,000 metro which was down from last week’s season opener on 522,000.

Viewers in AFL markets saw RBT and then New Amsterdam.


The Project featured Waleed Aly with Prime Minister Scott Morrison in an ad-free interview to start the program. The segment boasted a metro audience of 585,000, which was up 93% on last week’s 6.30pm average audience. It proves the audience will tune in earlier for the right content – although finding something that compelling every week would be a challenge.

The Project had its biggest one hour audience since October 2018. The segment with the PM also attracted 226,000 Facebook live streams.

On Monday night, Waleed Aly meets with the Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern to talk in the aftermath of the Christchurch terrorist attack.

The only Australian journalist invited for a sit down interview, Aly hears first-hand the tragic events of Friday 15 March, the day 50 people lost their lives and another 50 were injured.

Show Me The Movie! then did 293,000, Gogglebox was on 567,000 and then an encore screening of Hughesy did 269,000.


Escape From The City was in Orange last night with 366,000 watching.

Informer then did 144,000

That programming combo delivered a primetime primary share of just 9.1%, the station’s lowest since January. Melbourne dropped to 8.2% where a lot of the ABC Tiger supporters were missing. 


Part one of a repeat Great British Royal Ships did 167,000.

The second and final episode of Jumbo Jet: 50 Years In The Sky did 189,000.

The final episode of UK drama Trust Me was a cracker with 75,000.

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