TV Ratings Oct 31: The Good Doctor a hit! Seven’s biggest Tuesday since week 16

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

• Doctober! Medical magicians flood the small screen as audiences visit surgeries
• Good Doctor joins Doctor Foster, Doctor Blake and Doc Martin & Liar’s Doc Earlham
• Seven’s biggest Tuesday since week 16, US drama revival with Good Doc on 1m
• Nine’s Family Food Fight drops – episode two close to half a million

See full ratings figures on the Mediaweek Morning Report here.


The channel’s biggest Tuesday share since April when My Kitchen Rules was in full flight was powered by The Wall and The Good Doctor.

The second episode of The Wall was down from its 974,000 debut to 795,000. Despite the drop of 180,000, the game show still managed to easily win the 7.30pm hour and the contestants walked away with close to $150,000 in prize money.

The Good Doctor followed with the Seven audience climbing to 1.06m. The series starring Freddie Highmore as doctor Shaun Murphy is almost a fantasy but the audience in the US, and now here, has fallen in love with the feelgood medical drama. With a launch audience of 1.06m this could be the biggest US drama premiere in Australia since Gotham on Nine in 2014.


Family Food Fight featured a team challenge (but they are all teams, right?) but the audience didn’t respond. After launching with 614,000 on Monday the second episode slipped further to 523,000. Nine is marketing episode three heavily and this morning breakfast radio and socials were promoting what promises to be a spectacular chocolate cake.

The Big Bang Theory then did 518,000, which is remarkably almost 400,000 short of the 900,000+ metro audience watching just a fortnight ago.

Kath & Kim then did 354,000 and 389,000 for its two episodes.


Just when you think Hughesy might have been a little over-exposed this week, The Project was the channel’s best with 541,000 after 7pm where special guests were…Dave Hughes and his wife Holly. The TV/radio/comedy star and the journalist were promoting a new kids book they have written. Pete Helliar gave his friend a grilling as to why he wanted to invest in a house from The Block.

Jamie’s Quick & Easy Food did 392,000 with NCIS then on 330,000. There was only room for one US hit drama last night.


Catalyst was just under 400,000 this week at 8.30pm after 510,000 a week ago.

At 8pm Screen Time was on 356,000 at 8pm and then Craig Anderson‘s super-low-budget horror film doco Horror Movie: A Low Budget Nightmare did just 86,000 as a Halloween special.


Host Michael Portillo was en route to Memphis on Great American Railroad Journeys with 305,000 watching.

Insight then did a show on mixed families with thoughts from stepkids and step-parents. The episode did 237,000.

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