TV Ratings May 21: The Voice #1 despite slipping

• Dr Karl a ratings magnet as SBS challenges in the 7.30pm slot

Tuesday Week 21 2019

• The Voice slips again, but remains clear reality format winner

• Seven News 1,082,000/1,006,000
• Nine News 969,000/964,000
• A Current Affair 810,000
• ABC News 677,000
• 7.30 481,000
• The Project 266,000/447,000
• 10 News First 404,000
• The Drum 220,000
• SBS World News 158,000

Breakfast TV

• Sunrise 302,000
• Today 210,000


After starting the week over 700,000, Home And Away slipped a little to 686,000.

House Rules was over 650,000 on Monday, yet was down 100,000 last night to 556,000. It was up week-on-week though after 534,000 on Tuesday in week 20.

Also up on last week was Andrew Denton: Interview with 414,000 after 375,000 a week ago.


A Current Affair had a second successive night over 800,000.

The Voice was lower for a second successive night, but it remains a clear leader in the time slot – over 200,000 ahead of its closest competitors.

The launch week for the program looked like this:

Sunday 1,012,000
Monday 963,000
Tuesday 856,000

The Big Bang Theory double then did 539,000 for the new episode (661,000 last week) and 433,000 for a repeat. 


An immunity challenge on Legends Week on MasterChef delivered the channel’s biggest audience – 618,000. That was up from 592,000 a week ago when there was a much bigger legend in the kitchen – Nigella.

At 7pm The Project was close to 450,000 with Nadine Garner promoting Mr Black and Rove talking to Will Smith.

Later in the night the third episode of Mr Black was on 341,000 after the first two episodes had audiences of 471,000 and 278,000.

NCIS did 221,000.


The Recording Studio did 286,000 after 253,000 a week ago.

The final episode of Joanna Lumley’s Silk Road Adventure was on 303,000.

The second episode of a two-part Princess Margaret doco did 226,000.


The channel took off last night and delivered its best Tuesday share and equal third-best share on any night this year.

The episode of Who Do You Think You Are? caused the audience surge. The channel outrated Seven at 7.30pm in Melbourne.

The episode featured Dr Karl Kruszelnicki exploring his family tree. The audience of 479,000 was the biggest on SBS for anything this year.

Who Do You Think You Are? proved a strong lead-in for Insight, which did 295,000.

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