TV Ratings October 19, 2023: Tex Perkins rocks A Current Affair

TV ratings

Farewell Gogglebox Australia for 2023, welcome back Emergency and WBBL

Total TV Ratings October 12, 2023

Back-to-back episodes of Highway Patrol filled the 7.30pm hour with 478,000 and 444,000 watching nationally in Total TV ratings.

There was a classic Block blow-up last week when Brett tried to convince everybody his front yard was actually his backyard! The Total TV audience for the episode last week was 1,151,000.

On The Amazing Race it was the end for Peter Rowsthorn and his daughter Frankie last week. The Total TV audience was 734,000.

Overnight TV Ratings October 19

Primetime News
Seven News 775,000 (6.00 pm)/766,000 (6.30pm)
Nine News 670,000 (6.00 pm)/648,000 (6.30pm)
ABC News 487,000
10 News First 173,000 (5:00 pm)/116,000 (6:00 pm)
SBS World News 131,000 (6:30 pm)/98,000 (7:00 pm)

Daily Current Affairs
A Current Affair 520,000
7.30 363,000
The Project 140,000 (6:30pm)/ 240,000 (7pm)
The Drum 114,000

Breakfast TV
Sunrise 225,000
Today 210,000
ABC Breakfast 139,000

Share summary
Nine ranked #1 for a fifth consecutive night of Week 42 with a Thursday primary share of 18.6% and a network share of 27.5%.
Seven was in second place with 16.2% and 24.0%.
10 had its best share of the week with 13.9% and 20.7%.


A Current Affair reporter Chris Allen was with rocker Tex Perkins at the Wildlife Hospital where he is an ambassador. There was also a gentle plug for the reunion of Perkins’ band The Cruel Sea and the Peter Noble-promoted hospital benefit gig they are playing in Byron on Saturday. The episode was just over half a million.

An hour of RBT followed at 7.30pm with 374,000 watching. Cricket was in the timeslot a week ago.

A new season of Emergency launched at 8.30pm with a debut audience of 282,000.


Home and Away’s final episode of the week featured Alf, Rose and Justin. The audience was 428,000 for the Thursday episode.

Seven then devoted the evening to the launch of the Women’s Big Bash League with the Sixers v Stars WBBL09 clash from North Sydney oval. The Stars won what was a thriller with big hitting from Meg Lanning and Ash Gardner. The audience for the season opener was 108,000.


The Project welcomed Darcy Moore to the desk for the whole show. He’s still enjoying the glow of captaining a Premiership team of course. But it was soon onto the continuing story of the past fortnight – the Israel-Hamas war. The episode peaked on 240,000 after 7pm.

The Amazing Race Australia was in George Town, the colonial capital of the Malaysian island of Penang. The audience of 355,000 saw two-time Survivor player George Mladenov and his sister Pam become the fifth team eliminated.

It was the last regular episode of Gogglebox Australia for the year. Among the final shows on the menu was the Netflix hit doco Beckham. The second season of the year ended with an overnight audience of 422,000. There is a celebrity edition of Gogglebox next week.

10’s Thursday Race/Gogglebox combo were ratings-winners in the key demos 24-54 and 16-39.


The Boyer Lecture with Professor Michelle Simmons found an audience and just missed making the top 20 with 216,000.

A 2021 UK episode of Grand Designs was next and lifted the audience to 232,000.


Every Family Has a Secret launched its fourth season with an audience of 197,000.

Luke Nguyen’s India continued next with 88,000.

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