TV Ratings May 31: Ramsay dominates TV with appearances on Ten and Seven

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

• Loki meltdown: Ramsay rocks MasterChef without entering the kitchen
• More sightings of Ramsay on Seven than final night of TEN’s Ramsay week
• Shares: Seven remains #1 combined share, TEN’s second-best Thursday
• Foxtel night on ABC: Peter Maddison’s Grand Designs Australia + Wentworth


Home and Away ends its week with a three-episode average audience of 559,000 after three nights very close to 700,000.

The Front Bar was open for viewers in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. The three-market metro audience was 301,000 with 210,000 in Melbourne. (AFL Footy Show had 173,000 in Melbourne.)

Sydney and Brisbane viewers got two hours of Gordon Ramsay from 8.30pm with other markets getting him at a later time. Kitchen Nightmares did 280,000 and then Hotel Hell was on 189,000.


On A Current Affair, Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Russell Barrett spoke to host and Gold Logie nominee Tracy Grimshaw about fake roadside breath tests while Leila McKinnon reported on millionaire property developer Max Delmege and his wife Sam spending $100,000 to start a family. After a big 900,000+ Wednesday, last night was on 769,000.

The Nine/Gem metro audience watching the NRL was 409,000 for the Sea Eagles v Cowboys with 204,000 in Sydney and 169,000 in Brisbane.

The Footy Shows recorded a combined metro audience of 435,000. Sydney was on 110,000 after the match last night, with Melbourne on 173,000.

Sam Newman does the ‘cryo’ in last night’s AFL Footy Show


Nice piece of cross promotion on The Project with Todd Sampson detailing some of his challenges on Body Hack 2.0. The Project has had one of its stronger weeks this year with 562,000 last night.

Gordon Ramsay week continued on MasterChef… but without Gordon Ramsay. In his place was his Aussie chef Matt Abé, who looks after Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in London – one of only five restaurants in the UK with three Michelin stars. (The Fat Duck is one of the five too.) The complete losing team from Wednesday night was in a Pressure Test to see who would go home. There was plenty of talent in the team including immunity pin holder Loki. One of the biggest stars to emerge from the series decided not to use his immunity pin and, well, guess what happened if you don’t already know? The Thursday episode did 845,000 after 782,000 on Thursday last week with Nigella.

The second season of Body Hack 2.0 launched after MasterChef with 537,000 watching Todd Sampson in India.


Thursday has become Foxtel night on the channel with Grand Designs Australia moving into the 8pm timeslot. The very first episode was screened last night with host Peter Maddison visiting a bushfire rebuild way back in 2010. The episode did 532,000.

QI separated the two Foxtel acquisitions with 321,000. Episode eight of season one of Wentworth then did 105,000.


Michael Portillo started his Great British Railway Journey in Chichester, West Sussex, and then travelled to Cowes. The episode did 230,000 after 229,000 a week ago.

Episode 11 of Luke Nguyen’s Food Trail then did 128,000.

The Handmaid’s Tale was on 277,000 after 204,000 last week.

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