TV Ratings Nov 1: New midweek high for ABC with Gruen #1 non-news

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

• Nine sneaks into first spot with Family Food Fight & Bond movie
• East coast Nine News and Current Affair key to Nine primary win
• New midweek high for ABC with Gruen and Hard Quiz still strong

See full ratings figures on the Mediaweek Morning Report here.


First Dates got the 7.30pm midweek slot with The Wall taking over that timeslot on Monday and Tuesday. However, the program just made it to 500,000 after 571,000 last week.

The Grand Tour was moved back to 8.30pm with 352,000 watching after 439,000 last week on Wednesday.

Seven managed to win the night in combined share thanks to 7TWO on 4.7% with help from Inspector Lynley and the evergreen Vicar Of Dibley.


The midweek episode of A Current Affair featuring items on the New York terror attack, the rise of super pharmacies and Kiwi Barnaby Joyce had an audience of 712,000.

After launching with 614,000 and dropping to 523,000 on Tuesday, Family Food Fight has ended its first week with an episode three audience of 509,000. Certainly not a great launch week. If you think of Zumbo’s Just Desserts in the back half of 2016 on Seven, which is largely regarded as a flop, that series launched on 1m and then dropped to 700,000 at the end of its first week.

Nine’s 2015 midweek James Bond movie Spectre then did 298,000.


The Jimmy Barnes publicity push continues in full flight with a few days in Melbourne this week where his appearances included The Project where he sang last night accompanied by Waleed Aly on guitar. Also on the show was Natalie Imbruglia (whose PR got a baking from Kyle Sandilands yesterday after a radio appearance mix-up) and Julie Bishop. The 7pm half of the program did 557,000.

Jamie’s Quick & Easy backed up again with 382,000.

After launching with 624,000 last week, TEN’s new Aussie drama Sisters slipped dramatically to 351,000 with the Sydney audience halving from 170,000 to 80,000.

Madam Secretary then returned to the schedule with 160,000.


Another Wednesday 2017 high for the primary channel, improving on last week’s previous best.

NBA expert Jared, Quentin Tarantino expert Ross, WWII weapons expert Peter and Sex and the City expert Jess went into battle on episode 14 of Hard Quiz. Host Tom Gleeson crowned the weapons expert the winner for the 659,000 viewers. The show has been over 650,000 for the past fortnight with no episodes of The Block up against it.

Gruen featured people who can walk and talk in ads and then later in the episode wine ads and Bryan Brown‘s anti-piracy pitch. Episode eight did 816,000, easily winning its timeslot, after 848,000 last week.

Rosehaven continued on a roll and for the second week was close to 600,000 and was a timeslot winner.

The second episode of The Letdown then did 347,000 after launching with 375,000.

Adam Hills: The Last Leg did 200,000 starting just after 10pm.


A repeat of the fascinating story of The East India Company, Birth Of An Empire, did 308,000 at 7.30pm.

An 8.30pm doco Apex Gang: Behind The Headlines did 227,000.

The late dramas followed with Riviera on 116,000 and Cardinal on 57,000.

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