TV Ratings October 24: News and ob docs give Seven the edge

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

• Ob docs give Seven the edge after Seven News maintains #1 ranking
• Young Sheldon festival continues on Nine, Bachelorette TEN’s best


After the traditionally strong lead-in from Seven News, Home And Away kept its audience above 600,000 for the third consecutive night.

Ob docs then took over the channel with Highway Patrol on 594,000, well up on last week’s 529,000 with no episode of The Block to compete with last night.

At 8pm Beach Cops did 629,000, much improved on last week’s 545,000.

The US drama 9-1-1 was on 559,000, also an improvement on 499,000 a week ago.


No episode of The Block last night, but A Current Affair’s Reid Butler has reported on the auction day in previous years and he gave viewers a preview last night. Also on the episode was drama at the Noosa Chocolate Factory. The midweek episode was close to the week’s best with over 750,000 again.

Two more episodes of Young Sheldon last night – a new episode did 582,000 after Tuesday audiences of 611,000 and then 550,000. A repeat episode last night from the first season then did 528,000.

Another episode of the US drama Manifest about missing flight 828 did 464,000 after 323,000 last week.


Actress Claire Foy was a special guest on The Project talking about her new role in The Girl In The Spider’s Web. After guest co-host Fitzy asked if she had met any of the royal family after working on The Crown, she explained that HRH had not endorsed the Netflix drama! The episode did 440,000 after 7pm, which means this week’s average will be down on last week.

Posting a good gain week-on-week, again thanks in part to The Block disappearing from the timeslot, was The Bachelorette. The first of two episodes this week climbed from 544,000 seven days ago to 622,000 last night.

Playing For Keeps was on an improved 463,000 after 359,000 a week ago.


Invictus Games Today got the 8pm slot from Hard Quiz last night with 457,000 watching the daily update show.

Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell then did 616,000 after 668,000 a week ago.

The laughs then continued with the final of Back In Very Small Business with Don Angel avoiding business disaster as his controversial marketing campaign went viral. The final episode did 279,000.

Also the final outing for Black Comedy with a very funny final episode on 156,000.

Superwog then did 111,000 followed by Adam Hills The Last Leg, which featured Tracy Ullman as guest. The episode slid well below 100,000 with its 10.30pm timeslot.


Episode 10 of Food Safari Water did 167,000 at 7.30pm.

Great British Railway Journeys then lifted the audience to 240,000 at 8pm.

The UK drama The Missing then started a new (for SBS) season on 142,000.

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