TV Ratings Oct 11: Nine wins another night as execs spruik 2018 at Upfront

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

• Nine’s schedule wins another night as execs spruik 2018 at Upfront
• Nine has five entries in the top 10: Big network leader after 7pm
• Luke sent home from The Bachelorette, numbers trend higher than 2016

See full ratings figures on the Mediaweek Morning Report here.


Home and Away just missed the top 10 with 664,000.

The ob doc double after 7.30pm saw both programs close to half a million. Border Security did 496,000 and then The Force did 502,000.

Criminal Minds did 414,000 for its new episode at 8.30pm.


Christmas has been a recurring theme on A Current Affair lately and the 817,000 metro viewers last night got an update on Christmas cruise deals.

It was Domain night on The Block with Alice Stolz joining Scotty and Shelley Craft on a walk around as the Blockheads were trying to move heaven and earth for the massive work on the new builds at the back of each property. If the contestants get a bonus for each time they mention Domain they would have done very nicely last night. The Wednesday episode was on 1.21m after 1.36m a week ago. Nine used Domain as a case study in its Upfront last night, so watch out for more advertisers to want lots of shout-outs next season.

Doctor Hugh’s estranged wife arrived last night creating some chaos on Doctor Doctor. The Aussie drama, which Nine has confirmed will be back next year, did 745,000 last night after 767,000 last week.

MORE: What’s coming to Nine in 2018?


The guests on The Project included the winner of Australian Survivor, Jericho, plus visiting RnB legend Craig David. The episode did 553,000, which is where the program has traded for most of the week.

The Bachelorette upset many who had been predicting Luke would be the winner – he was sent home last night. The episode did 840,000, which along with The Block was the only commercial show offering big numbers 25-54 after 7.30pm. The all people audience was up on the 812,000 watching the Wednesday episode a week ago. The series numbers continue to trend higher than 2016 – up 29% total people and up 41% 25-54 compared to 2016 series average.

The Wrong Girl then did 387,000, which was very close to last week’s 371,000.


Hard Quiz was on 606,000 at 8pm with contestants who specialised in Hunter S Thompson and Happy Days. A week ago the game show did 639,000.

Gruen featured a wonderful acne mask which Wil Anderson demonstrated in the studio. The episode did 838,000, up from 807,000 a week ago.

Get Krack!n featured a women’s health episode with 348,000 watching.

The season final of the short five-episode series of The Edge Of The Bush did 143,000.

Adam Hills: The Last Leg didn’t have an ideal lead-in and did 166,000 last night.


The Railways That Built Britain did 243,000.

Look Me In The Eye then took the audience down to 128,000.

The numbers then climbed for Riviera with 140,000 after it launched with 175,000 last week.

The Handmaid’s Tale then did 74,000.

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