TV Ratings May 3: Controversy helps AFL Footy Show, but The Front Bar close behind

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

• Cocktail couple the second team to contest My Kitchen Rules grand final
• Controversy helps AFL Footy Show, but The Front Bar close behind


Just one episode again of Home and Away, which did 732,000 after three other nights in the 700,000s.

My Kitchen Rules has been challenged this year like no other, but it has finished its season a clear audience favourite. Because of the Comm Games, the series wraps this year at the start of the second week of May. Despite innovative ideas last night, urban foodies Stella and Jazzey were hampered by technical difficulties and were eliminated just one stop before the end of the line. Alex and Emily’s Asian and Weis Bar-inspired menu scored high with the judges, including a perfect 10 from Pete, and the cocktail couple will now meet mums Kim and Suong in Sunday’s Grand Final. The penultimate episode had an audience of 1.18m.

AFL markets got The Front Bar with 289,000 watching with 191,000 in Melbourne.


Mediaweek contributor Andrew Mercado was telling A Current Affair about Meghan Markle’s half-brother with the Thursday audience on 788,000.

Northern states saw the NRL clash between Broncos and Bulldogs from Suncorp with a network audience of 432,000 across Nine and Gem – there were 207,000 in Sydney and 188,000 in Brisbane.

Southern state viewers saw RBT, which did 250,000, followed by the AFL Footy Show with guest Gary Ablett on 201,000 in Melbourne where it narrowly outrated The Front Bar. Much discussion about the AFL video scandal also helped draw a crowd.


Madeleine West was a guest on The Project to talk about a new book on the Thursday episode on 501,000.

Show Me The Movie! had good guests last week, and it did well last night too with Madeleine West making another appearance on the channel along with Damian Walshe-Howling, Charlie Pickering, Tegan Higginbotham, (no Gyton Grantley, Fiona O’Loughlin or Natalie Bassingthwaighte as listed in our TV guide). Episode seven did 362,000 after 354,000 a week ago.

Joel Creasey’s very funny stand-up special Fame Whore from the Sydney Opera House did 219,000.

Another Montreal Comedy Special then did 135,000.


The truth about what happened to Kiri was revealed in the Sarah Lancashire drama last night with 357,000 watching. It was a disappointing end to the four-episode series though, with many questions left unanswered.

Wentworth then did 141,000.


Michael Portillo was exploring medieval Britain around Norwich in Great British Railway Journeys for the 293,000 viewers.

Episode eight of Luke Nguyen’s Food Trail was in Singapore with 186,000 watching.

After launching with 270,000 for last week’s two episodes, episode three of The Handmaid’s Tale did 236,000.

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