TV Ratings May 26: No separating Hard Quiz and Travel Guides for top non-news spot

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• Mad as Hell makes its 2021 debut

• Big Brother’s Tilly makes history 

Primetime News
Seven News 1,074,000/1,017,000
Nine News 1,038,000/953,000
ABC News 676,000
10 News First 344,000 (5:00pm)/ 217,000 (6:00pm)
SBS World News 181,000 (6:30pm) 132,000 (7:00pm)

Daily current affairs
A Current Affair 701,000
7.30 623,000
The Project 289,000 (6:3 pm)/428,000 (7pm)
The Drum 179,000

Breakfast TV
Sunrise 257,000
Today 219,000
News Breakfast 176,000

Late News
Nine News Late Edition 185,000
The Latest 122,000
ABC Late News 50,000


Nine edged out Seven to be the #1 primary (19.7%) and network (27.6%) share last night with less than a point separating the two broadcasters.

Travel Guides had 672,000 viewers which was tied with Hard Quiz as the #1 non-news program last night.

Filmed before the Covid-19 pandemic, the episode took viewers to Turkey where they visited a hair museum, the Sultan’s Palace, and had a spa day at a hammam.

Following Travel Guides was the Aussie drama Doctor Doctor with 390,000 tuning in.

On Footy Classified 110,000 watched from Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth as Caroline Wilson returned just a day after exiting 14-day quarantine in Sydney following her overseas trip. She co-hosted the show with Eddie McGuire.


Home and Away was the top non-news program on Seven with 580,000 viewers.

Big Brother had 558,000 watching as Tilly made history for the most challenge wins ever on the show, after recording her fifth win, edging out SJ to gain the advantage in the game.

Tilly strategically nominated Brenton to join Christina and Mitch up for eviction, knowing the loved up couple wouldn’t vote for each other, so would have to vote for Mitch, her biggest rival in challenges. Tilly was right with Mitch going home.

“I knew coming in I was going to be a physical threat and as soon as everyone had that chance to get rid of me this was coming,” said Mitch. “I stuck to my own close knit group of friends but they weren’t exactly as tight as I thought. I would love to see Jess and Marls get up but I feel they won’t have the numbers moving ahead. If I had to bet on who’s going to win I’d say Tilly. She plays the ditzy blonde really well but she’s quite intelligent.”

The episode was #1 for the key demo of 16-39.

The Hangover Part II followed with 246,000 viewers.


The Project had 289,000 (6:3 pm) and 428,000 (7pm) as the show discussed the evolving Covid-19 situation in Melbourne, male infertility, and Vance Joy also joined the show.

On MasterChef 561,000 watched as the 14 remaining contestants faced off in an oversized Mystery Box challenge.

In the Mystery Box instead of ingredients, they had a collection of 11 basic kitchen utensils – a spatula, whisk, tongs, saucepan, frying pan, two mixing bowls, baking tray, a fish slice, wooden spoon, a sieve and a teacup. These were the type of utensils that they would have at home and not a professional kitchen, the pantry and garden were open but any other cooking utensils were off-limits to the cooks.

A double episode of Bull then followed with 252,000 and 185,000 viewers a piece.


As mentioned earlier, Hard Quiz finished dead even with Travel Guides as the #1 non-news show last night as audiences were split between the Big Brass Mug and adventuring in Turkey.

Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell made its season debut although in an empty studio due to the pandemic outbreak in Melbourne. Micallef was in fine form as he skewered both Scott Morrison and Labor as well as the ABC apps.

You Can’t Ask That followed with this week’s episode featuring the families of missing persons. 383,000 tuned in for the episode.


The top program on SBS last night was a repeat of Jack the Ripper: The Case Reopened with 189,000 viewers.

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