TV Ratings May 21: Talkin’ ’Bout Your Generation joins Nine’s winning Monday lineup

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

• Talkin’ ’Bout Your Generation returns, part of winning Monday lineup
• However, Nine entertainment show ranks #3 in critical timeslot
• House Rules continues to lift, multichannels lead Seven to network win
• Nigella + chocolate equals 25-54 winning recipe for TEN
• Mick, Celia and Susie shine on HYBPA? – winner, winner 16-38 & 18-49


The 7pm soap set in Summer Bay did 690,000 after a week 20 Home and Away average of 662,000.

On House Rules Mel and Dave returned to their Hope Island home as the teams did a walk through with 740,000 watching. That was up from 673,000 on Monday last week.

The Mentor was turning around a Melbourne pizza bar where the owner has anger issues. However, chef Michael got it together at the last moment and hosted a successful reopening with Mark Bouris giving it a tick. The episode did 379,000 after 349,000 last week.


A Current Affair started its new week with a horror story about a boat cruise. The week started on 884,000 for ACA after a week 20 average of 787,000.

Talkin’ ’Bout Your Generation has taken over the 7.30pm Monday slot from The Voice. Shaun Micallef returned to Nine in a format he used to host on TEN, but with three new generation captains. The debut episode did 678,000, ranking #3 behind MasterChef and House Rules after 7.30pm.

Two episodes of The Big Bang Theory followed on 509,000 and 413,000.

The Nine feed then split into AFL and NRL with Footy Classified on 146,000 (99,000 in Melbourne) and 100% Footy on 86,000 (50,000 in Sydney).


Fantastic finish to The Project last night with a wonderful Hamish Macdonald interview with the Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Arden and her partner Clarke Gayford. The 7pm half of the program started its M-F week on 568,000 after an average last week of 515,000.

Adele, Jenny and Chloe were in the MasterChef pressure test set by Nigella Lawson during Nigella week. The theme – chocolate, chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. The episode was on 805,000 and ranked #1 for the night 25-54.

Nigella Laweson

The royal wedding episode of Have You Been Paying Attention? was always going to be a good one and Sam Pang and Ed Kavalee delivered as expected along with Susie Youssef, Celia Pacquola and Mick Molloy. Guests included the ubiquitous Joel Creasey. Ed Kavalee had the highest score and also had the most jokes cracked at his expense. The episode did 800,000 after the new season launched last week on 807,000.


The Massimo Mission was the name of the Australian Story episode that featured a journey to crack a mystery disease. The episode was on 588,000.

Four Corners looked at the health challenges that face workers making mobile devices in China. The special report was from filmmakers Heather White and Lynn Zhang and did 530,000.

Media Watch started with the royal wedding and was on 511,000 followed by Q&A on 383,000.


The Crown in Crisis was the title of episode six of Elizabeth as the series covered the 90s with 255,000 watching.

The final repeat episode of series four of Trust Me, I’m A Doctor then did 205,000.

24 Hours In Emergency grew that audience slightly to 216,000.

Top photo: Shaun Micallef and Robyn Butler in Talkin’ ’Bout Your Generation

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