TV Ratings March 29: Seven records best share since Oz Open

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


• Seven records biggest share since Australian Open as MKR hits 2017 high
• Seven’s midweek whitewash with six entries in top 10, 28.2% share

Seven owned Wednesday night with a share over 28%, which was its best since the final of the Australian Open when it recorded a share of 50.6%. It was also the channel’s highest primary channel share in survey since a Sunday night during the Rio Olympics when it did 29.3%.

Seven’s best metro shares were over 30% in Brisbane and Perth. It was also a clear leader in combined channel performance.

Nine had its fourth Wednesday share under 18% in the past five weeks. A Current Affair was the program that stopped Seven from a timeslot clean sweep.

TEN had a tough night too with its first Wednesday share in single figures this year.


Home and Away hung on above 700,000, but only just.

My Kitchen Rules then blew everything out of the water as the show averaged 1.43m, its best this year, but it was the show’s second time over 1.4m this series. It was also the biggest TV audience this year since the men’s final of the Australian Open, also on Seven. The MKR numbers were even up on this episode last year when the Wednesday of week 13 did 1.25m.

Million Dollar Cold Case could not have asked for a better lead-in with 670,000 for the first episode and then 522,000 for the second.


A Current Affair started with a brief Cyclone Debbie update before it covered shopping addictions. The midweek episode did 755,000, its first time under 800,000 this week.

Planet Earth then did 586,000, down around 90,000 on its previous performance.

Murder Calls then looked at the murder of Dr Margaret Tobin with 204,000 watching in Sydney and Brisbane.

The Footy Show aired in southern capitals with 252,000 watching, 175,000 in Melbourne, down from 218,000 in that market last week.


The Project 7pm was again the channel’s best, although it fell short of 500,000 for the first time this week. Ruby Wax was a lively contributor at the end of the program.

This Is Us and the first half of The Project were both close to 330,000.

The Biggest Loser: Transformed was on 254,000.


Both Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery and The Weekly were over 500,000. Kasey Chambers was the guest on the penultimate Home Delivery episode of season five. Sarah Wilson was the guest on The Weekly’s Hard Chat with Tom Gleeson.

Downton Abbey’s Earl of Grantham was the guest on Walliams and Friend with 324,000 watching.


Share held above 5% again despite the numbers for The Night Manager dropping week-on-week from 326,000 to 211,000 at 9.30pm.

Earlier in the night the final of Digging For Britain did 226,000 and then 24 Hours In Emergency was on 229,000.

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