ABC upstages House Rules launch

As networks largely turned their schedules to non-ratings content, ABC led viewing from 7pm last night.

But Seven seized an opportunity to launch its next reality juggernaut.

7:30 (885,000) won its early evening slot followed by Australian Story (783,000 from 8pm), House Rules (679,000 / 660,000), RBT (510,000 from 8pm) and Just for Laughs: Montreal Comedy Festival (281,000).

Later Four Corners (685,000) led, then Media Watch (687,000), The Latest (389,000), Nine News special (366,000) and Hughesy We Have a Problem (298,000),

Nine network won Monday with 27.3% then Seven 26.7%, ABC 22.7%, 10 15.8% and SBS 7.5%.

Seven News was #1 for at 1.29m / 1.19m beating Nine News (1.24m / 1.18m).

ABC News at 1.01m defeated an extended A Current Affair (746,000).

Elsewhere Bluey soared in school holidays to 420,000.

OzTAM Overnights: Monday 6 April 2020


  1. Thank goodness the garbage program MFS finished – at least we have a program in House Rules that I might watch – give it a few episodes to decide. Do not like the 6 groups from 8 format and must admit that Jamie is a real pain.

  2. I think that maybe right now House Rules is not the show people want to watch.
    With the current crisis, people want something else, not more reality.

    • I think you’re probably right on the “something else” idea. What that is I have no definitive answer and judging by the soft numbers David has illustrated above it would appear many Aussies are fulfilling their viewing habits somewhere else. Netflix? Foxtel?

      I have no desire to watch reality nonsense involving relationships, building or cooking shows. The only one I’m looking forward to is Lego Masters. This is about creation and imagination. Not vile, nasty comments flung at other people.

  3. Jᴏʜɴɴʏ 1ᴘ5

    Kind of difficult to compare as House Rules is 2 weeks earlier (last year April 28th) and the debut last year was on a Sunday on the back of the My Kitchen Rules Finale when it got 782,000. However if you go Monday to Monday (April 29th vs April 6th though) House Rules dropped to 561,000 second night so it is up 118,000 on that, of course without Lego Masters and Masterchef (launch) to compete against like last year.

    Either way it was on the nose last year ratings wise and that looks as if that is continuing, let’s see how it goes tonight and any better than last years 550,000 (Tues Apr 30th), which was also against Lego Masters and Masterchef.

  4. I’m sorry but can someone please explain to me where Channel 7 keeps hiding 9-1-1? One week it’s on the next it’s not!

    If Channel 7 wants to have some regular viewers how about they have some regular programming first instead of alienating them for their latest ratings grab ‘The Latest’ with Michael Usher.

  5. In ‘normal times’ Seven would have to be pretty underwhelmed with opening overnights for House Rules. They’ve promoted the heck out of it to get sub-700k. But I’d suggest both the appetite for news coverage (still, at the moment, though it will likely fade as weeks/months go by dealing with the current horrors), and perhaps House Rules format has also ‘peaked’ – as MKR did a while back.

    • Jᴏʜɴɴʏ 1ᴘ5

      House Rules was on the decline the year before last which is why they brought Jamie Dury in last year to replace Drew Heath, have to remember last years House Rules Finale got 730,000 (July 23rd) and 853,000 in 2018 (July 30th).

  6. clem_official

    Going to be interesting to see how shows adjust to social distancing with most of the shows filmed a while ago starting to run out. 10’s schedule will probably be most affected later in the year with Bachelor, Masked Singer and Amazing Race likely to be difficult to film.

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