TV Ratings Nov 19: Seven narrowly wins primary race on penultimate survey Sunday

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

• Seven narrowly wins primary channel race on penultimate survey Sunday
• Thor movie festival on 7mate pushes Seven combined share to big win
• Doc Martin final cracks 1m+ for ABC, The Wall final holds above 600,000

See full ratings figures on the Mediaweek Morning Report here.

As we start the penultimate week of survey for the year Seven has been on a roll thanks in part to the continued audience fascination with The Good Doctor. Seven again won every night last week and was the #1 primary channel and #1 in combined channel share.

Nine’s best was Wednesday as it ended the week 2.2 behind Seven in primary share and 4.0 behind in combined channel share.

TEN is missing a major franchise and its best night continues to be Thursday where Gogglebox is doing the heavy lifting.


The Wall episode six did 634,000 to end the short season. At one stage contestants Laurie and Rosanna had their winning potential over $400,000, but after a few twists and turns and a last chance gasp at around $200,000, they departed with zero. Last Sunday’s episode was on 669,000. As yet there is no confirmation the game show will return in 2018.

Sunday Night was promoting a royal event as if there had been some sort of announcement about the relationship of Harry and Meghan. The program also spoke to Dawn French as she reaches 60. The program did 693,000 after 605,000 a week ago.

Seven’s look at the arrival of the first Boeing Dreamliner followed with episode one on 400,000.

A Good Doctor mini-marathon rounded off the night with replays of last week’s episodes five and six with audiences of 156,000 and 99,000.

Next Sunday Seven will officially launch the holiday season on the last Sunday of survey with an event nobody should miss – another screening of the classic festive frolic Love Actually.


Family Food Fight was up to episode 12 and an elimination episode which did 552,000 after 570,000 watched on Sunday a week ago.

60 Minutes featured Tom Steinfort inside North Korea and Charles Wooley inside the NT News after he was offered a job. As the season gets close to an end, the episode did 736,000 after 666,000 a week ago.

The rebranded Tough Nuts: Australia’s Hardest Criminals continued with season two episode six on Stewart John Regan with 313,000 watching.


Family Feud Sunday started the evening on 211,000.

The Project Sunday followed with Hamish Macdonald and Chris Bath as the show remembered the life of Malcolm Young. At 6.30pm the program started with 211,000, which lifted to 339,000 after 7pm.

Bull did 300,000 after 269,000 a week ago.

Widsom Of The Crowd then did 286,000 after it was on 255,000 a week ago.


The season final of Doc Martin featured special guest star Sigourney Weaver as Martin was trying to ignore his patients during his suspension until ahead of his appearance before a medical board. The program reached a series high with 1.04m.

Paul Kelly Live At Sydney Opera House screened after 8.30pm to an audience of 438,000.

Music night continued on ABC with a repeat of 2013’s When The Beatles Drove Us Wild after 10.15pm on 244,000.

It is all-Aussie Sunday next week with the doco Making Muriel and then more of Friday On My Mind, the Easybeats drama.


Secrets Of The Chinese Chariot was the 7.30 doco offering with 194,000.

Two episodes of The Nineties followed and the second episode looked at the impact of the internet with the eps averaging 143,000.

The second episode repeat of Sex Diaries screened after 10pm to 78,000.

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