TV Ratings Nov 5: Seven ends Nine’s Sunday winning streak

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

The Wall

• Seven ends Nine’s winning streak of nine consecutive Sunday victories
• Seven’s Sunday News, The Wall & Sunday Night 3 of top 4 commercial
• Family Food Fight couldn’t prevent Nine’s lowest Sunday survey share
• Doctor Blake’s final regular ep on ABC a timeslot winner just under 900k


The Wall has its first Sunday outing after launching last week with audiences of 974,000 on Monday and then 795,000 on Tuesday. The audience was down a little to 755,000 as the contestants went away with no prize money after their “play hard or go home” strategy failed to deliver any dollars.

Sunday Night featured an interview with the family of Brittney Dwyer who stabbed her 81-year-old grandfather to death. The episode did 656,000 after 566,000 last week.

The sixth Star Wars movie, Return Of The Jedi, in the George Lucas film festival followed with 392,000 after 459,000 the previous Sunday for A New Hope and then 496,000 for The Empire Strikes Back on Saturday.


Family Food Fight had its first Sunday outing, which featured the first elimination cook-off. The Sunday episode did 525,000 after audiences of 614,000, 523,000, and 509,000 in the show’s first week for an average of 549,000.

Forty years of INXS and the girl who wants to play AFL but has been banned because she was born a boy featured on 60 Minutes with an audience of 588,000 after 1.05m a week ago. What a difference a week and a lead-in can make.

The Tilly Devine episode of Tough Nuts: Australia’s Hardest Criminals followed with 333,000.


Sunday Family Feud started primetime with 210,000.

Samantha Jade was one of the guests on The Sunday Project with 239,000 at 6.30pm which became 363,000 after 7pm.

Bull is well into season two now with 286,000 watching at 7.30pm.

The first episode of Jeremy Piven‘s new series Wisdom Of The Crowd followed with 268,000 at 8.30pm.


Episode six of Doc Martin featured the usual amount of mayhem including Morwenna taking time off from the medical practice, which resulted in a chaotic day in the surgery. The program did 997,000 after 932,000 last week.

The series final of The Doctor Blake Mysteries featured the death of a policeman with a good crowd of 885,000 after 901,000 last week. Doctor Blake was dismissed as the police surgeon while former Neighbours star Annie Jones made a guest appearance. A telemovie which signals the end of the series’ relationship with the ABC follows next Sunday.


The first episode of Secrets Of The Pyramids pulled the channel’s biggest crowd with 250,000.

The first two episodes of The Nineties followed with an average audience of 154,000.

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