TV Ratings May 17: Seven wins Sydney, Nine wins Melbourne

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

• Seven wins midweek primary and combined channel shares
• But it’s complicated: Seven wins Sydney, Nine wins Melbourne
• TEN’s MasterChef big 7.30pm winner and #1 in key demos

A quick glance at the OzTAM shares tells us Seven again ranked #1 in both primary channel and combined channel shares.

But scratch below the surface and a slightly more complicated picture emerges.

Seven’s only all people timeslot winner early in primetime was Seven News across the network hour before Aussie Property Flippers ranked #1 for part of its time on-air.

Nine was only 0.3 of a point from third place yet A Current Affair was a winner at 7pm before Britain’s Got Talent ranked #1 for part of its broadcast closer to 10pm.

TEN’s MasterChef was the big winner with a commanding lead after it started at 7.30pm all people plus leadership in all key demos.

The ABC got a piece of the action too with The Weekly a winner with under 600,000 for part of its broadcast.


For the third consecutive night Home and Away has made it over 700,000.

House Rules saw work continue on this week’s reno on the home of Troy and Bec with plenty of tension on site. The midweek episode did 807,000, growing week-on-week from 751,000.

The Aussie Property Flippers did 525,000, which was up on 423,000 a week prior.


A Current Affair featured a dodgy builder, a drug king and the queen of slow cooking. The audience was on 861,000 with tonight’s episode promising all the details from the Kelly Landry v Anthony Bell court ruling.

The Last Resort was again under 400,000, which might mean it could swap places with Britain’s Got Talent maybe.

BGT did lift the Nine audience from under 400,000 to just short of half a million with its finish after 10pm.


Robotics, beer and then Megan Gale kept The Project 7pm audience of 644,000 entertained.

The relay challenge on MasterChef was seen by 958,000, which was the best midweek audience this season. Tonight one of five will be sent home.

This Is Us did 456,000, which is bang on what OzTAM reported for the US drama last week.


Ray Martin popped up on the channel as the special guest of Anh’s Brush With Fame with 623,000, down a little on 642,000 last week.

The Weekly With Charlie Pickering managed to rank #1 for part of the slot with 592,000, close to last week’s 608,000.

You Can’t Ask That did 434,000 and then The Warriors did 195,000.


Michael Portillo had a night off with another traveler, Tony Robinson, the top attraction. Episode three of Robinson’s Coast To Coast did 282,000.

The return of a new season of Fargo attracted an average of 167,000 across two episodes.

The late late screening of The Young Pope did 69,000.

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