TV Ratings May 14: Eurovision delivers for SBS, Isaiah pulls smaller crowds than Dami

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

• After winning week 19, Seven starts week 20 on top as House Rules lifts
• The Voice pushes back over 1.1m with penultimate Blind Auditions episode
• Eurovision delivers again for SBS, but Isaiah pulls smaller crowds than Dami did

Seven was the winner in week 19 after Nine had won the first two weeks after the Easter break. Seven was the clear leader in primary and combined channel share last week.

Seven has started week 20 a winner too with primary and combined channel share wins again.

Leading for the broadcaster last night was a much improved House Rules audience with the second-biggest turn out this season. Seven managed the win though with the lowest winning Sunday primary share of the survey year.

Nine was in second spot with its lowest Sunday primary share since February. The Voice was its best with the audience over 1.1m.

TEN’s MasterChef held in the top five with the numbers down slightly week-on-week.

Eurovision couldn’t match its numbers from last year but the two semifinals and the final delivered SBS three consecutive nights of share on 8.0% or better.


House Rules had a good night with the audience up over 100,000 week-on-week – growing from 799,000 last week to 927,000 last night. The renovated WA house of twins Andrew and Jono was judged with Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen claiming the steampunk bathroom was the best room he had ever judged in an amateur design competition. Equal leaders after the judging were Sean and Ella with Kate and Harry. Victoria’s Fiona and Nicole had a shocker with just 14 out of 30 with judge Drew giving the girls a four out of 10.

Sunday Night did 656,000, which is close to last week but is now the smallest audience this year. The episode featured a report from Steve Pennells on a young law student who killed her boyfriend and how the family has rejected her apology. Reporter Angela Cox also interviewed Ed Sheeran.

A repeat of The Suspects: True Australian Thrillers did 446,000.


The Voice was on 1.10m after 1.08m a week ago on Sunday. It was the second-last of the Blind Audition episodes with Delta completing her team with the addition of Kelsie Rimmer. With one episode to go Boy George can choose two artists tonight while Seal and Kelly Rowland each have one vacant spot on their teams.

60 Minutes did 705,000 with reports from Tara Brown on a killer Victorian storm, Ross Greenwood on the property market while Allison Langdon spent time with News Corp reporter and new mum Elle Halliwell.

A doco called Black Power on the black liberation movement in the US then did 216,000.


MasterChef featured an invention test with an ice cream sandwich judged the winner. The Sunday audience of 734,000 was down on 767,000 which was the series’ smallest audience last week.

Bull was next best and the US drama managed to make the top 10 with 463,000, up on 384,000 a week ago.

NCIS: New Orleans then did 295,000.

Earlier in the night Family Feud Sunday was on 276,000 followed by a Modern Family episode on 378,000.


Grantchester continues to pull the biggest Sunday audience with 646,000, up from 624,000 a week ago.
Doctor Who was on 437,000 with a repeat of DCI Banks later in the night on 411,000.


The day started at 5am for many viewers with the long and live Eurovision final attracting 148,000. That was well down on the 302,000 tracking the fortunes of Dami Im live a year ago.

The replay of the final on Sunday night then did 308,000, down from 409,000 a year ago.

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