Last night the contestants were: MKR and the moguls (snow bumps) on Seven, Married At First Sight on Nine and Ten’s I’m A Celebrity. Nine also went to the crypt and resurrected Underbelly and put Chopper Read into the story. Eric Bana did it better nearly 18 years ago.  The ABC also had the first part of the two part doco on Bob Hawke (with some interesting parallels to Barnaby Joyce’s situation).

It ended up as an easy win for Seven, as it did on Friday and Saturday nights. The ABC was third behind Nine and Ten struggled in a very distant fourth. Married at First Sight did well for Nine with its confected “wife eliminations”. I’m A Celebrity had an elimination as well for Ten, but MKR and the Winter Olympics plus a solid effort from Seven News won the night.

MKR had 1.71 million national viewers, Married at First Sight had 1.57 million. But in the metros, Married topped the night by the barest of margins  The night broadcast of Day 2 of the Games had 1.49 million for Seven (and 1.040 million in the metros) and that ran until 10.30pm, giving Seven the easy win. The first part of the Chopper rewrite of Underbelly was solid for Nine – 1.36 million. The first part of the Bob Hawke doco on the ABC managed 913,000 — it could have easily attracted another 300,000 or more viewers but because it was pitched on probably the most competitive night so far this year, it fell short of its potential (though it nipped past Celebrity by 13,000 viewers).

In the regionals Seven News was tops with 583,000, followed by MKR with 555,000, The Winter Games, Night 2 was third with 457,000, UnderBelly: Chopper Part 1 was fourth with 456,000 and Married at First Sight was fifth with 415,000. 

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (39.9%)
  2. Nine (29.5%)
  3. ABC (14.5%)
  4. Ten (11.8%)
  5. SBS (4.3%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (28.7%)
  2. Nine (23.7%)
  3. ABC (11.5%)
  4. Ten (8.3%)
  5. SBS ONE (3.1%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7mate (6.8%)
  2. 7TWO (2.4%)
  3. Gem (2.27%)
  4. 7flix, ONE (2/0%)

Top 10 national programs:

    1. MKR (Seven) — 1.717 million
    2. Seven News  — 1.700 million
    3. Married At First Sight (Nine) – 1.578 million
    4. Winter Olympics Night 2 (Seven) — 1.497 million
    5. UnderBelly – Chopper Part 1 (Nine) — 1.360 million
    6. Nine/NBN News — 1.151 million
    7. 7pm ABC News —981,000
    8. Hawke Part 1 (ABC) — 913,000
    9. I’m A Celebrity  (Ten) — 900,000
    10. Winter Olympics Day 2 (Seven) — 894,000

Top metro programs:

    1. Married At First Sight (Nine) — 1.163 million
    2. MKR (Seven) —1.162 million
    3. Seven News — 1.117 million
    4. Winter Olympics Night 2 (Seven) — 1.040 million

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 1.117 million
  2. Nine News — 960,000
  3. 7pm ABC News – 655,000
  4. The Sunday Project 7pm (Ten) — 390,000
  5. Ten Eyewitness News — 390,000
  6. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 242,000
  7. SBS World News — 134,000

Morning TV:

  1. Insiders (ABC, 378,000, 151,000 on ABC New)s — 529,000
  2. Weekend Sunrise (Seven) — 489,000
  3. Landline (ABC) — 375,000
  4. Weekend Today (Nine) — 347,000
  5. Offsiders (ABC) — 219,000

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Call The MidWife (BBC First) — 51,000
  2. SWAT (Fox 8) —48,000
  3. AFLW: Brisbane v Footscray (Fox Footy) — 47,000, Midway (Fox Classics) — 47,000
  4. Golf: World Super 6, Perth (Fox Sport), Paw Patrol (Nick Jr, x 2) — 41,000

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