TV Ratings May 29: House Rules and Interview help Seven win over Tuesday TV viewers

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

• Home And Away, House Rules and a great Interview win for Seven
• MasterChef victor: Another week, another pin, this time Sashi Cheliah
• ABC Tuesday triumph for Annabel Crabb’s Back In Time For Dinner

Seven was a clear leader last night with a programming combo that put it well ahead in both primary and combined channel shares.

Nine was again close to a Tuesday low with TEN close to a Tuesday high.


Terribly sad day for the cast, crew and fans of Home And Away with the death of Cornelia Frances, who played the character of Morag. Doesn’t seem right to worry too much about its ratings today, but instead to remember it is because of the great work done by Frances and others on the soap that it continues to hold down key timeslots still in Australia and the UK 30 years after it was launched.

The action on House Rules has moved to Tweed Heads this week with a house that was really packed to the rafters. Kim and Michelle had a simple message for the teams – “make it special”. After a season high of 801,000 on Monday, the episode did 729,000.

Andrew Denton then delivered what has probably been the most marketable episode yet of Interview – a lengthy chat with Magda Szubanski. The episode had it all – laughter, tears, rude words and funny anecdotes. The audience of 559,000 was up from 479,000 last week. It was also the best crowd since the launch episode of 598,000.


Brady Halls reported on Cornelia Frances on A Current Affair as he hosted a replay of the last interview she ever gave. The episode did 883,000 after 859,000 on Monday.

An hour of the US sitcom Young Sheldon followed with 645,000 watching the first episode and 619,000 the second.

Nine’s Young Sheldon

Nine then went with the doco MH370: Inside The Situation Room, which did 378,000. The advertised new Tuesday series Buying Blind has now been put back.

Serial Killer then followed with 203,000.

Love Island got the late slot on the primary channel with 69,000. Earlier on Go! the program did 136,000.


The Project featured 5 Seconds Of Summer without their Aussie accents, which created some commentary. The 5SOS army kept the ratings close to 600,000 for a second successive night.

MasterChef had another immunity challenge, which resulted in another immunity pin. After we picked out Loki Madireddi for food fame last week it has all been about Sashi Cheliah in the past few episodes and he too is a name to remember now. The Tuesday episode did 881,000 after 877,000 for the Tuesday last week.

Shark Tank followed with one ambitious entrepreneur asking for $2m for a 20% stake in the business. The episode did 571,000 after 622,000 last week.

Shark Steve Baxter in last night’s episode of Shark Tank


Making Child Prodigies got the prime slot of 8pm with an audience of 440,000 for the launch.

The premiere of Back In Time For Dinner was the big hit of the night with 614,000 tuning in making it a timeslot winner.

Part two of Secrets Of Silicon Valley followed with 217,000.


Ernie Dingo featured on Who Do You Think You Are? with 425,000 pushing the audience above the 377,000 watching a week ago.

A new episode of Insight on the coal seam gas industry then did 192,000.

Top photo: Magda Szubanski on Andrew Denton’s Interview

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