TV Ratings May 18, 2023: Nathan Cleary’s history making 1,300th point in the NRL

Nathan Cleary Panthers

An immunity pin was up for grabs on MasterChef

• It was round six of auditions on Britain’s Got Talent

Total TV Ratings, May 11

Seven’s Home and Away lifted 30% as 800,000 viewers saw Tane demand the truth from Kahu and Rose and Mali tried to be friends. Plus, there was drama all-round for Xander who just couldn’t catch a break and Remi hatched a new plan for Lyrik.

727,000 watched Nine’s NRL Thursday Night Footy, where the Brisbane Broncos took on the Melbourne Storm. The Storm beat their opponent for the 13th time in a row, 24 – 16, up 10%.

Lifting by an 8% rise was 10’s The Dog House Australia. 539,000 tuned in to see loving deaf couple Danni and Salomon met Milo — a cavoodle with separation anxiety — and unconventional priest Steve and his partner Fiona, met abused border collie Bear.

Overnight TV Ratings, May 18

Primetime News
Seven News 945,00 (6:00pm) / 867,000 (6:30pm)
Nine News 737,000 (6:00pm) / 720,000 (6:30pm)
ABC News 530,000
10 News First 223,000 (5:00pm)/ 159,000 (6:00pm)
SBS World News 151,000 (6:30pm)/ 119,000 (7:00pm)

Daily Current Affairs
A Current Affair 576,000
7.30 406,000
The Project 196,000 6:30pm / 296,000 7pm

Breakfast TV
Sunrise 225,000
Today 194,000
News Breakfast 147,000

Seven has won Thursday night with a primary share of 20.9% and a network share of 30.1%. 7Two has won multi channels with a 3.6% share.

463,000 began their evening in Summer Bay with Seven’s Home and Away as Justin feared for Andrew’s safety, Cash was determined to right a wrong and the threats against Marilyn escalated. Then, 220,000 tuned in for Britain’s Got Talent. It was round six of the auditions and Yo Highness, an all-female dance group, performed a routine to a medley of tracks while the Playboy Orchestra played classical music on toy instruments and singer Gamal performed It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World by James Brown.

Nine’s A Current Affair (576,000) interviewed the father of Jamie Gleeson, the truck driver accused of crashing into the school bus carrying 45 students. He said his son is “shattered” and “distraught” over the incident. The team also looked at a popular cultural hub for Sydney’s Indian population who have put forward a goal to establish the suburb of Harris Park as an official ‘Little India’ precinct. Then on NRL Thursday Night Footy, 382,000 watched the Penrith Panthers take on the Brisbane Broncos live from Suncorp Stadium in the opening match of the Indigenous Round. The Panthers came out victorious, beating the Broncos 15-4 with the game also marking Nathan Cleary’s 1,300th point, a milestone that made him the youngest player to do so in premiership history. He also made the most field goals kicked by any Panthers player ever.

On 10, The Project (196,000 6:30pm / 296,000 7pm) welcomed Lewis Capaldi via satellite. Georgie Tunny interviewed the Scottish singer whose new song Wish You the Best has made fans across the world crawl up into a ball and sob with its moving video clip. The panel also interviewed Sunny Singh, the taxi driver who drove Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during an alleged “near catastrophic car chase” through New York City.

Then, on MasterChef, 421,000 households saw contestants be tasked with turning Andy Allen’s “humble” spit-roasted chooks into a banger dish with the winner cooking off for an Immunity Pin against Three Blue Ducks chef, Darren Robertson.

406,000 watched ABC’s 7.30 explore how a 2012 meeting at a Chinese Starbucks raised alarm bells for Australian popstar Henry Harding and looked at how AI development is being accelerated at a pace that is concerning industry leaders and Sarah Ferguson interviewed Mick Gouda. 164,000 then tuned in for the latest episode of Grand Designs New Zealand. In North Canterbury, Phil Metaxas took on the ambitious task of completing another man’s dream: that of a post-modernist castle.

The highest rating non-news show on SBS was The Murdochs: Empire of Influence. 134,000 watched the instalment which detailed the 2016 presidential race where Fox News clashed with Donald Trump and confronted viewers’ unshakable loyalty to the Republican primary frontrunner. Then, 61,000 tuned in to watch the next episode of the Australian drama Safe Home where Phoebe’s (Aisha Dee) relationship with Julian (Thomas Cocquerel) developed, but she was devastated to learn that FVLS funding was going to be cut. 

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