TV Ratings October 23: Seven ends Nine’s 12-week winning streak

Mediaweek editor James Manning examines last night’s TV ratings.

• Block-free Tuesday: Seven ends Nine’s 12-week winning streak
• Ambulance Australia responds: Finds strong TEN Tuesday pulse


Seven has won its first Tuesday since the launch of The Block. Seven last night ranked #1 primary and #1 combined with help from 7mate’s strong 4.6% share.

Home and Away slipped a little to 612,000 after starting the week on 629,000.

Seven might have won the night, but its 7.30pm program Take Me Out ranked #4 in the slot with 489,000.

The Good Doctor then had to do some heavy lifting to get the audience back to 613,000. The US medical drama did 633,000 a week ago.


A Current Affair was down from 769,000 on Monday to 713,000 last night, this despite exclusive footage of former Bachelor Stu Laundy bleeding after ACA reporter Steve Marshall punched him in the head!

With The Block off-air until the final episode on Sunday, US sitcoms filled the critical slots.

Young Sheldon returned with two episodes at 7.30pm with audiences of 611,000 and 550,000.

A Big Bang Theory double shot followed with a new episode on 602,000 followed by a repeat on 518,000.

The Aussie sitcom Kath & Kim followed with two episodes delivering audiences of 257,000 and then 240,000.


Jamie Lee Curtis was the star attraction on The Project with 468,000 after 7pm, up from 441,000 on Monday.

Ambulance Australia had a strong night, winning its timeslot with 684,000 – that’s up 100,000 week-on-week – and enough to make it #1 non-news show of the night.

The audience dropped away though for the US dramas that followed – the new FBI on 366,000 and NCIS: Los Angeles on 239,000.


Invictus Games Today did 400,000 at 8pm after 482,000 on Monday night.

Catalyst was about the bionic revolution after 8.30pm with 403,000.


Michael Portillo’s Abandoned Britain was the channel’s #1 last week with 299,000. The second episode dipped slightly to 276,000 last night.

DNA testing went under the microscope on Insight with an audience of 317,000, which is a good chance to be the channel’s best this week.

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