TV Ratings March 22: AFL launch delivers Seven’s best Thursday share in a month

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

• AFL game one 2018 secures Seven’s best Thursday share in a month
• Rove pulls a crowd to Movie! with TEN’s fourth best survey share


Home and Away screened in three markets to 387,000.

The AFL season is under way for Seven with the Richmond v Carlton clash pulling a big crowd at the MCG and a metro audience of 404,000 for Seven Melbourne.


After averaging over 900,000 across the first three nights, A Current Affair’s audience dropped to 514,000 across four markets (no Brisbane).

Nine Thursday NRL round 3 match between North Queensland and Melbourne Storm had 423,000 watching in Sydney (223,000) and Brisbane (200,000).

The NRL Footy Show then did 148,000 – 77,000 in Sydney and 71,000 in Brisbane.


The primary channel had its fourth-biggest share since survey started six weeks ago.

The biggest audience was 610,000 watching Gogglebox.

Next best was over half a million watching Show Me The Movie!, the new 7.30pm quiz show hosted by Rove McManus. It was a great result against live sport in every metro capital and was the channel’s biggest early evening audience since the end of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!


Call The Midwife was on 515,000 followed by Unforgotten on 312,000.


Thirty minutes of Great British Railway Journeys did 226,000.

The second episode of Luke Nguyen’s Food Trail then did 134,000.

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