TV Ratings May 16: Nine wins as #1 primary, Seven wins as #1 network

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

Everyone’s a winner with our midweek spin:

• Nine wins as #1 primary, Seven wins as #1 network
• TEN wins with MasterChef #1 for viewers 25-54
• ABC wins with Wil Anderson and Charlie Pickering top 10
• Royal Wedding clash: Sunrise and Today at Buckingham Palace

Royal Wedding Week

Nine’s Today show had Georgie and Karl reporting for duty at Buckingham Palace. Allison Langdon was again outside Windsor Castle, with Charles Croucher in Rosarito, Mexico covering Meghan Markle’s father. Natalia Cooper was at the oldest English pub in Nottingham – Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem.

Meanwhile the Sunrise desk was positioned across the road from Buckingham Palace too with Sam, Kochie, Nat and Berets all wrapped in overcoats with the temperature to hit 8 degrees as their evening rolled out.

The Wednesday numbers for the two commercial TV breakfast shows were:

Sunrise 250,000 (#1 Sydney, Adelaide and Perth)
Today 239,000 (#1 Melbourne and Brisbane)


Home and Away slipped a little from just under 700,000 to 659,000 for its midweek instalment.

House Rules was sitting on 651,000 after 624,000 a week ago. The episode featured team bonding and a meltdown.

Two episodes of Modern Family then did 414,000 and 345,000. That pushed Back With The Ex even later with 157,000 watching.


A Current Affair is working Laura Turner hard this week with another royal wedding report from the UK and last night’s episode also covered the not-so-glamorous Gold Coast with 825,000 watching, same as Tuesday’s number.

The US sitcom hour helped Nine to a primary channel win with Young Sheldon on 703,000 while The Big Bang Theory did 590,000.

Britain’s Got Talent was on 516,000 after 499,000 last week.


Peter van Onselen was a guest host on The Project with the episode featuring Maude Garrett talking to Simon Pegg about the new Mission Impossible and Lisa Wilkinson was reporting from London on you know what. The episode did 550,000.

MasterChef featured the team challenge with the Melbourne Football Club inside and then on the MCG. The red and blue teams had to feed the players including big Max Gawn. The blue team won with 762,000 watching, which saw the episode win the timeslot and rank as #1 show for the night 25-54.

The premiere of the new US drama Instinct then did 428,000.


More Brian Cox last night with Julia Zemiro visiting the astral superstar in Manchester on Home Delivery for the audience of 638,000.

Gruen featured lots of commentary on cricket with an audience of 798,000, its best audience so far this year.

The Weekly followed with 673,000, which meant both it and Gruen found a home in the top 10. Amanda Keller was the victim on Hard Chat.

Corey White’s Roadmap To Paradise then did 308,000.


A repeat episode of Michael Mosley’s Secrets Of Your Food did 213,000.

An episode of Untold Australia called Lebanese Beauty Queens did 152,000 after 8.30pm.

The Good Fight then did 120,000.

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