TV Ratings May 11: Nine and Lego Masters win the night

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• Over 400k tune in to ABC for the Federal Budget

• Best of the rest: Big Brother and MasterChef

Primetime News
Seven News 1,009,000/ 977,000
Nine News 948,000/ 935,000
ABC News 634,000
10 News First 345,000 (5:00 pm)/ 247,000 (6:00 pm)
SBS World News 157,000/135,000

Daily current affairs
A Current Affair 683,000
The Project 294,000 (6:30 pm)/ 478,000 (7 pm)
The Drum 164,000

Breakfast TV
Sunrise 257,000
Today 210,000
News Breakfast 163,000

Late News
The Latest 117,000
Nine News Late Edition 109,000
ABC Late News 73,000


Nine won the night with a primary share of 20.9% and a network share of 29.6%. The driving force of the win was Lego Masters which was the top non-news show with 683,000 viewers. The episode was #1 in all key demos but was down on last Wednesday which had 700,000.

In last nights episode, Michael and Harrison went home after building a Mother Nature-inspired build for the Colour Your World challenge with Brickman feeling it didn’t match the storytelling aspect of the brief as much as the other teams.

This was followed by the film Central Intelligence with 297,000.


Big Brother had 558,000 viewers last night as the panic room was unveiled, with Tilly and SJ experiencing its charms.   

Ari became the first male to win an individual challenge and he nominated Mel, Daniel and safe vote Marley for eviction.

Sheep farmer Mel was forced to say her goodbyes.

“I thought farm life was hard but this Big Brother house was pretty crazy,” said Mel. “I’m pretty lucky to get this far. I thought I was a goner from the day I walked in there. I literally fought to the end. You can’t say I didn’t get it 110%. I’m proud, I hope my family are proud, I hope Australia is proud. I don’t think Daniel can play the low-key game he says he can. They’re fools for believing him. He plays way harder than me so that’s going to create a bit of trouble in the house. I think the three that think they’re safe – Jess, Katie and Marley – have a big battle on their hands coming up.”

This was followed by The Good Doctor with 294,000 which was slightly down on last Tuesday’s 299,000.

The top non-news program on Seven last night was Home and Away which had 585,000 viewers.


MasterChef had 573,000 tune in as the dessert queen, Therese, was sent home after her specialty ended up being her downfall.

Therese, Justin, Dan and Brent were up for elimination and faced a pressure test set by world-renowned chocolatier Kirsten Tibballs.

When Therese presented her dishes, they were missing the glaze and the outer stencil on the cake, and she admitted that she would have played her immunity pin if she had her time again. The judges and Kirsten discovered a long list of flaws and Melissa said she was heartbroken for Therese.

This was followed by How to Stay Married‘s second episode which had an audience of 272,000.

The Project had 294,000 (6:30pm) and 478,000 (7:00pm) tune in as the show covered the pandemic budget, sexual assault in the music industry, and the issues affecting the Golden Globes.


The ABC’s budget coverage had 270,000 viewers. The public broadcaster’s coverage was hosted by Leigh Sales and featured the first television interviews with the treasurer Josh Frydenberg and shadow treasurer Jim Chalmers.

Sales was joined by host of Insiders David Speers, ABC’s political editor Andrew Probyn and 7.30’s chief political correspondent Laura Tingle. Special guests also included: Chris Richardson, Nicki Hutley, Gabriela D’Souza, Annabel Crabb and Ian Verrender.


The top show on SBS was a repeat of Who Do You Think You Are? with 235,000 viewers.

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