TV Ratings September 4: Big Audience tunes in for wet Ashes on 9Gem

• Audiences elsewhere down, The Block and The Bachelor the best

Wednesday Week 36 2019

• Big 9Gem audience despite rain delays on first day of fourth test

• Seven News 944,000/875,000
• Nine News 840,000/863,000
• A Current Affair 728,000
• ABC News 592,000
• 7.30 461,000
• The Project 296,000/497,000
• 10 News First 360,000
• The Drum 170,000
• SBS World News 150,000

Breakfast TV

• Sunrise 265,000
• Today 203,000


An audience of 610,000 Home and Away fans were watching at 7pm after crowds of 653,000 and 625,000 previously this week.

Celebrity Chase episode three featured the return of Lawrence Mooney to Seven along with Seven presenter Abbey Gelmi plus Yvie Jones and Pete Rowsthorn. The episode was on 511,000 after 572,000 last week.

The Front Bar had some major footy stars in Malcolm Blight and Leigh Matthews guesting on the episode. The audience of 355,000 was close to last week’s 357,000 despite the cricket on offer elsewhere. Last night the Melbourne audience was 208,000. The Sydney number, despite it going to air just after 10pm, was just 17,000.


The network again thrived with strong audiences on Nine and 9Gem. 9Gem was boasting a channel share of 13.1% thanks to The Ashes, while Nine’s winning network share was 33.8%.

A Current Affair was on 728,000 for its midweek episode after 805,000 and then 751,000 on its first two episodes of week 36. The episode started with some nasty footage of car jackings.

The Block slipped to 750,000 against the cricket after 826,000 a week ago.

Grand Hotel has already gone to double episodes with 249,000 for the first and 166,000 for the second. The US series launched last week with 353,000.

On 9Gem, the rain interrupted first day of the fourth test in Manchester saw 624,000 watching the first session.


After two nights close to 470,000, The Project had its best audience of the week with 497,000. Tommy Little was at Melbourne Fashion Week and took part in one of the shows.

The Bachelor was on 674,000 after a midweek audience of 749,000 last week. The episode was #1 under 50 for the night.

Episode eight of the 10-part first season of My Life Is Murder was on 343,000 after 392,000 seven days ago. The audience for last week’s show has grown to 668,000 adding BVOD, encores and timeshift.


Hard Quiz was just over 500,000 after 615,000 a week ago.

Also feeling the heat from the cricket were Mad as Hell on 498,000 (681,000 last week) and Utopia on 442,000 (683,000).

Diary of an Uber Driver did 186,000.


Tony Robinson’s Coast to Coast was on the River Thames with 212,000 watching.

The third episode in primetime in three days of 24 Hours in Emergency did 173,000.

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