TV Ratings November 14, 2023: 7News Spotlight’s Remembering Johnny Ruffo a powerful reminder of the reality of brain cancer

Johnny Ruffo Remembering Johnny Ruffo

First elimination on Dessert Masters

• The Project welcomed superstar Robbie Williams

Overnight TV Ratings, November 14

Primetime News
Seven News 841,000 (6:00pm) / 817,000 (6:30pm)
Nine News 659,000 (6:00pm) / 684,000 (6:30pm)
ABC News 526,000
10 News First 193,000 (5:00pm)/ 139,000 (6:00pm)
SBS World News 121,000 (6:30pm)/ 92,000 (7:00pm)

Daily Current Affairs
A Current Affair 646,000
7.30 419,000
The Project 145,000 6:30pm / 247,000 7pm

Breakfast TV
Sunrise 216,000
Today 186,000
News Breakfast 145,000

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Nine won Tuesday night with a primary share of 18.7%; however, Seven took out the top network share with 27.4%.

Nine took a network share of 26.1% while Seven’s primary share was 17.0%.

10 took a 13.0% primary share and a network share of 19.5%.

7Two has won multi channels with a 4.4% share.


Nine’s A Current Affair (646,000) put the spotlight on a 70-year missing persons case that has been resolved after a public appeal from NSW police and family members. The program spoke to Donna Truscott, the granddaughter of Donald Gordon Buckley, who was last seen at Warwick Farm in 1954 when he was 24. Following the public appeal, it was subsequently established that the man had changed his identity and died from natural causes in 1980 at Moree.

Then, 327,000 watched My Mum Your Dad. The remaining couples went on their final dates ahead of the Blessing Ceremony and the kids saw more than they bargained for after lights out.

A repeat of Paramedics followed for 201,000 where a car crashed 100 metres down a ravine and rescuing the injured driver turned into a nightmare for flight paramedic Ray


440,000 began their evening in Summer Bay with Seven’s Home and Away as John’s absence was felt at the Surf Club and the Fowler siblings clashed. 

361,000 then sat down for 7News Spotlight: Remembering Johnny Ruffo. The program looked back on the life of performer Johnny Ruffo who passed away at age 35 after a courageous battle with brain cancer on November 10. In 2021, Spotlight had spent six months with Johnny and his partner Tahnee Sims as he confronted the devastating condition that would eventually take his life. The special event also looked at the beautiful love story of the couple and their fierce love for one another.

130,000 then stayed on for Big Brother Australia where Intruders Bella and Teejay were ready to explore their options for love inside the house and there was drama when Minee wasn’t impressed that Bella was openly flirting with Louis.


On 10, The Project (145,000 6:30pm / 247,000 7pm) welcomed popstar Robbie Williams who is in town for the start of his Aussie tour, who spoke about but his new Netflix documentary that details the hardships he’s faced behind the scenes. The program also looked at a new report that has detailed how rental affordability has sunk to an all-time low across Australia, pushing people out of the major cities.

Dessert Masters then followed as the first elimination of the season took place, seeing contestants pull out all the stops to avoid being the first chef to go home. Contestants had two and a half hours to create a dessert that was made to be smashed before it was judged. Rhiann Meade became the first eliminated contestant after creating a piggy bank, the same as chocolatier Kirsten Tibbals. When they tasted it, the judges found the thickness of her chocolate was too heavy, meaning it didn’t eat well, nor did it smash well. 451,000 tuned in.

The Cheap Seats was up next for 348,000 as hosts Melanie Bracewell and Tim McDonald were joined by Mel Tracina and special guest Richard Osman.


419,000 watched ABC’s 7.30 look at how an Indigenous burial ground was uncovered at a $3 billion housing development and also told the story of a woman caught in the cracks of the justice system. Plus Sarah Ferguson interviewed Ayman Safadi.

277,000 then watched Take 5 with Zan Rowe. This week, host Zan Rowe chatted with master storyteller Lin-Manuel Miranda. As the creator and star of the smash hit Hamilton, he brought musical theatre to a whole new audience, discovering the five songs that make up his story.

Rose Gold followed for 160,000. The program went behind the scenes with iconic Australian sportsman Patty Mills and the Australian Men’s Basketball team the Boomers.

Tom Gleeson’s Secrets of the Aus Museum was up next for 113,000.


The highest rating non-news show on SBS was Great British Railway Journeys with 131,000 tuning in to see Michael Portillo continue his railway journey through the Midlands and West Country, reaching the heart of the Warwickshire countryside, where the ongoing construction of Britain’s biggest railway project was taking place.

Total TV Ratings, November 7


1,269,000 tuned into 10’s The Melbourne Cup where Without a Fight was victorious, up 10%.

965,000 caught The Masked Singer Australia Grand Finale – Reveal as Dami Im (Snow Fox) was named the winner, up 13%.

604,000 watched Nine’s My Mum Your Dad where new Mum Donna arrived, up 44%.

562,000 viewed ABC’s Old People’s Home for Teenagers as the participants put on a big show at the retirement village, up 26%.

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