TV Ratings May 2: Nine holds #1 with The Voice

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

• Nine keeps control with The Voice solid over 1m as Love Child returns
• Rollercoaster ride for House Rules continues as double episode lifts
• MasterChef again makes TEN competitive and NCIS audience climbs

Nine kept a grip on first place again last night with The Voice securing top spot. Nine ranked #1 in primary and combined channel share while the primary channel was a winner in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.

Seven was in recovery mode with two episodes of House Rules lifting after a mad Monday as the primary channel ranked #1 in Brisbane and Perth.

TEN is competitive again off the back of MasterChef and has recorded successive 15%+ shares, something it hasn’t had since January and the Big Bash League cricket finals. The channel again performed best in Melbourne with a share of 17.2%.


Both halves of Seven News held just over 1.05m to be the #2 program of the night.

Home and Away held a top 10 spot with 754,000.

The network was asking a lot from House Rules viewers with back-to-back episodes meaning fans had to watch for over two hours so it was nearly 10pm before Gordon Ramsay made his late night appearance. But tune in they did with the first episode audience on 767,000 which grew to 788,000 for the second. The audience was in recovery after the poor Monday numbers. Viewers got the first reno reveal which was the first time new judge Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen was let loose. He turned out to be the toughest of the three judges, delivering a high of six out of 10 but he also delivered a three out of 10.

Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares then did 326,000 followed by The Amazing Race in Tanzania with 107,000 watching.

House Rules week one
Sunday 1,000,000
Monday 606,000
Tuesday 767,000 and 788,000


A Current Affair was down from its Monday high over 1m to 873,000. Stories last night included accusations about Adriano Zumbo and shows to watch out for on streaming services. First to feature was Stan with Andrew Mercado and Stan’s Mike Sneesby talking about the next TV event of the year – Twins Peaks.

The Voice continues to draw crowds over 1m with last night’s episode featuring two contestants who managed to get all four judges to turn their chairs around during the performances.

Love Child season four launched with 624,000 which is close to 200,000 below what the show launched with in 2016.

The WTFN-produced Operation Thailand then followed with 303,000.


Episode two of season nine of MasterChef saw the opening night audience of 1,060,000 drop to 913,000 for the second episode. So far this season 23 of the 24 MasterChef aprons have been awarded to contestants with one more to be given out tonight. The producers didn’t waste any time getting Maggie Beer back on the show as she was the guest judge last night.

In the first week of MasterChef in 2016 the show screened five times with three nights over 1m and two close to 950,000.

MasterChef helped keep The Project 7pm over 600,000 where guests ranged from an Uber driver to comedian Luke McGregor.

MasterChef has been good for NCIS too with 550,000, up 100,000 week-on-week, the series’ biggest audience since July last year.

NCIS Los Angeles also improved, adding close to 40,000 from last week to 381,000.


Unusual programming last night with a 30-minute 8pm doco on fashion in Diana: Designing A Princess (which did 410,000) which then led into an encore screening of the Logie-winning Melbourne doco Conviction (359,000).


Michael Portillo at his best again last night as he toured Switzerland by rail as 374,000 watched Great Continental Rail Journeys.

Insight then did 305,000 with a program about weddings, dollars and dowries.

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