Thursday Ratings | The ABC fiddles as Q+A burns while MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA lands another late-week win


Q+A getting punished in its new slot as 10’s reality cooking show brings home its now once-a-week win.

A Current Affair (,000) leads off Nine’s night before it splits based on state/footy code.
Thursday Night NRL (334,000) [also on multi-channel 9GEM] and Thursday Night Knock-Off (144,000) both deliver an audience down on last week.
RBT (235,000), a repeat of Paramedics (163,000), and US drama New Amsterdam (83,000) give the rest of the country something to tune into probably.
Nine first in primary (19%) and second in network (27.5%) rankings.

Another triple episode airing of Home & Away (529,000; 484,000 “late”) starts Seven’s night. BTW, what does “late” represent? The last of the three eps? The last two? The last 15 minutes where they reveal who got fired in the boardroom? Then, based on your state, you got these programs in varying order: 10 Years Younger In 10 Days (169,000), How to Look Good Naked (85,000), and The Front Bar (389,000). All in all it was enough to bring the primary channel home in second place.
Seven second in primary (18.2%) and first in network (28%) rankings.

The Project (302,000 6:30pm; 448,000 7pm) slides further as the week progresses. MasterChef Australia (599,000) secures its now regular weekly win with the audience growing (it’s not winning the timeslot any other day it airs), while US dramas Law & Order: SVU (273,000) and Blue Bloods (151,000) complete the night with small audiences.
10 third in both primary (13.5%) and network (20.4%) rankings.

7:30 (527,000) is also down for the ABC, and Foreign Correspondent (360,000)
returns in a new slot in a weak attempt to prop up the failing Q+A (233,000), which did at least manage to add a few viewers compared to the last few weeks. A Life in Ten Pictures (107,000) draws Aunty’s night to a close.
ABC fourth in both primary (9.8%) and network (15.2%) rankings.

It’s all new on SBS tonight! Robson Green: Walking Hadrian’s Wall (219,000)
leads off, before the drama starts. Aussie limited series The Unusual Suspects (150,000) starts with a small audience that continues to US drama The Handmaid’s Tale (136,000).
SBS fifth in both primary (5.3%) and network (8.9%) rankings.

16-39: MasterChef Australia (146,000) wins, followed by Nine News 6pm, The Project 7pm, Seven News 6:30pm, and Nine News 6:30pm.

18-49: MasterChef Australia (237,000) top of the heap, leading Nine News 6pm/6:30pm, and Seven News 6:30pm/6pm.

25-54: Nine News 6pm (291,000) brings it home, beating out Nine News 6:30pm, MasterChef Australia, and Seven News 6:30pm/6pm.

The evening episode of Bluey (183,000) won the multi-channel race by a strong margin.

Sunrise (260,000)
The Today Show (213,000)
ABC Breakfast (179,000 (114,000 ABC; 65,000 ABC News))

All figures Five City Metro (5CM); overnights only.

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Note: Program performance and ranking information subject to change when not based on final program logs. Programs with the same name on one or more primary or multichannel, are aggregated into one network figure.

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