Week 22 TV ratings: Seven’s News, crime, soap and reality mix regains top spot

Mark Llewellyn

Seven lifts to claim both #1 primary channel with 19.9% and network bragging rights with 29.0%.

The #1 ranking for primary channel has bounced around the past few TV ratings weeks with Nine and Seven both claiming top spot. The race has been so tight they managed to share a primary audience of 19.7% a week ago.

Seven moved ahead this week to claim both #1 primary channel with 19.9% and network bragging rights with 29.0%. In addition to winning all people, Seven ranked #1 in both with people 25-54.

10 Bold continued its strong TV ratings performance and ranked #1 multichannel on 3.8%. That’s an accolade that has also been shared for the past few weeks between the 10 multichannel and 7mate.

Seven 19.9% primary share, 29.0% network share

Seven’s primary share has hovered within 0.5 of 20.0% or slightly higher for the past seven weeks.

The usual TV ratings news dominance was slightly dented by Nine’s narrow Sunday win a week ago. Another 7News Spotlight special, this time on Martin Bryant, ranked #11 for the week.

Friday Night Football also ranked top 20 with 679,000, the biggest audience this year watching Melbourne win against the Western Bulldogs.

Just missing the top 20 were Seven’s next most potent ratings missiles – Big Brother Monday on 591,000 and Home and Away which averaged 586,000 for the week.

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Nine 19.0% primary share, 27.2% network share

The channel started the week with its traditional Sunday night victory. That win was helped a little by Nine News Sunday narrowly outperforming Seven across the metro markets.

The “you’re fired” segment of the first episode of Celebrity Apprentice Australia managed to make the top 10 with 810,000. The remainder of that episode was back on 682,000. The Monday boardroom sacking was on 604,000, but Tuesday lifted to 647,000. The main parts of those episodes were on 547,000 and 567,000.

Two Nine programs that made the top 20 were Travel Guides on 671,000 and A Current Affair on 665,000.

60 Minutes was further down the chart with 551,000.

Two new arrivals just made it over 400,000 – The Weakest Link (423,000) and David Attenborough’s A Perfect Planet (417,000).

10 11.4% primary share, 18.7% network share

Have You Been Paying Attention? was again the star performer, ranking #10 for the week all people with 731,000.

Just sneaking into the top 20 was MasterChef Australia on Monday with 603,000. The remaining four episodes of MasterChef Australia for the week were close to 550,000.

The 7pm half of The Project managed to average 453,000 for the week, the show’s best average this year and a pleasing result after it seemed headed to linger under 400,000 just a few weeks ago.

ABC 11.6% primary share, 16.6% network share

Hard Quiz was again a highlight with the Tom Gleeson-hosted game show on 672,000, just short of the M-F 7pm news average of 680,000.

Just missing a top 20 spot was 7.30 with its average audience of 601,000 ranking at #21.

The return of Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell was on 565,000. Not far behind were Anh’s Brush with Fame on 557,000 and Australian Story with 556,000.

Just under 500,000 were Spicks and Specks, Back Roads, Vera and Four Corners.

SBS 4.9% primary share, 8.4% network share

The Tuesday episode of Insight pulled the biggest audience for the week with 201,000.

Docos on Jack the Ripper and Secret Scotland were just a handful of viewers further back.

See also: Week 21 TV ratings: Seven #1 network, Seven and Nine level on primary share

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