TV Ratings May 14: Nine enjoys best start to a week since end of MAFS

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

• Nine enjoys best start to a week since the end of Married At First Sight
• TEN’s recipe of MasterChef and HYBPA? cooks best share in 11 weeks
• Seven’s lowest Monday survey share – does House Rules need renovation?

Royal Wedding Week

The commercial TV breakfast shows continue to battle it out across Britain.

Nine’s Georgie Gardner lost her voice yesterday and Allison Langdon took over, throwing in a few cheeky gags including one about weddings Karl is anticipating as the Nine show broadcast from Covent Garden.

Meanwhile Seven’s Sunrise stayed close to the Thames, broadcasting from The Anchor Southwark pub with an audience of young Aussies enjoying a late Monday drink.

The ratings for the first day of the royal wedding broadcast saw Sunrise #1 with 255,000 (260,000 average last week). Today wasn’t too far behind with 231,000 (week 19 average 243,000)


Home And Away was on 677,000 after a week 19 average of 692,000.

Jess and Jared returned to their South Australian reno on House Rules with 673,000 watching after 607,000 when the series launched a week ago. Josh and Brandon were clear at the top of the leaderboard, Leigh and Kristie sat at the bottom. While they are showing week-on-week growth, the numbers are still trailing the opposition. Seven has an opportunity to convert some viewers tonight with no episode of The Voice.

Two sisters running a bakery called No Grainer were getting the makeover treatment from Mark Bouris on The Mentor. The business guru was making the bread rise, yet the audience, not so much. After 369,000 a week ago, the episode last night did 349,000.

The Resident then did 174,000.


A Current Affair had a strong start to the week with just over 900,000 after a week 19 average of 794,000. Laura Turner was reporting on the royal wedding and the show was offering viewers the chance to win Coles shopping vouchers.

The second episode of the Battle Rounds on The Voice settled on the top 12. The coaches head to the live shows starting next Sunday with three contestants each. The Monday episode did 881,000 after 950,000 on Monday last week.

Nine then repeated its Adele: Live In London concert where she also spoke to Graham Norton with 298,000 watching.


The channel had its best share on any night since a Thursday in February where Celebrity and Gogglebox delivered a share of 17.0%.

The Project ended with an appearance from the unlikely music duo of Ben Lee and Josh Radnor with the Aussie music star and the US sitcom star talking about their friendship and Aussie tour. The 7pm half of the show did 579,000 after an average of 524,000 last week, which was its best result since January.

Ben Lee and Josh Radnor

It was time for the second elimination on MasterChef with the three cooks baking a Maggie Beer recipe, which was then judged by the great lady herself. Samira did an outstanding job and was safe, with Metter being sent home as model-turned-writer Michelle Walsh dodged a bullet. The second Monday episode did 820,000 after launching on Monday last week with 890,000.

The first episode of Have You Been Paying Attention? was a riotous affair with regulars Sam Pang and Ed Kavalee joined by Jane Kennedy, Anne Edmonds and Kitty Flanagan. There were plenty of Eurovision clips and questions with Isaiah as guest quizmaster, who worked beautifully with host Tom Gleisner. The first of what hopefully will be another long season did 808,000.


Australian Story featured the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir with 571,000 watching.

Four Corners was a feature from French broadcaster Arte and titled Banksters, which detailed the scandalous conduct of the global bank HSBC. The episode did 541,000 after 511,000 a week ago.

Budget cuts at the ABC, how to stage a paparazzi pic and the royal wedding countdown featured on Media Watch for the audience of 448,000.

A post-Budget edition of Q&A then did 354,000.


After a heady weekend of Eurovision contests and specials it was back to the Monday schedule.

Elizabeth: Strong And Steady was on 240,000 after 280,000 a week ago.

Olive oil was under the stethoscope on Trust Me, I’m A Doctor with 182,000 watching.

24 Hours In Emergency then did 215,000.

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