Seven’s night, but Married At First Sight is growing and helping Nine close the gap on a weakening Winter Games. Married at 1.82 million national viewers, MKR on 1.65 million (down around 17% from a year ago). A win to Nine then. But the Winter Games coverage kicked in after MKR and with 1.10 million on Seven’s main channel from 9pm, pulled Seven into the lead. A further 296,000 watched from 5.30 to 9pm on 7mate, so the total audience for the games last night was 1.39 million, which is still solid. A Current Affair with 1.42 million nationally and 989,000 in the metros had its highest rating program of the year.

Ten’s I’m A Celebrity languished in virtual obscurity with just 767,000 national viewers. How long before David Oldfield starts being offensive to try and raise the ratings? 

The ABC finished in front of Ten overall and in the main channels as its news and current affairs line up did OK — Media Watch was sharp. Q&A a bit more interesting with its focus on the Barn-a-baby story and got 571,000 viewers. In regional markets Seven news was tops with 554,000 viewers, followed by My Kitchen Rules with 528,000, Married With Children was third with 526,000, then Seven News/Today Tonight with 480,000 and Home and Away was on 459,000 in fifth.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (34.6%)
  2. Nine (28.4%)
  3. ABC (15.8%)
  4. Ten (15.2%)
  5. SBS (6.0%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (24.8%)
  2. Nine (23.2%)
  3. ABC (12.0%)
  4. Ten (10.6%)
  5. SBS ONE (4.2%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7mate (5.2%)
  2. 7TWO (3.5%)
  3. ONE (2.7%)
  4. ABC 2 (2.2%)
  5. GO (2.1%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Married At First Sight (Nine) — 1.821 million
  2. MKR (Seven) — 1.650 million
  3. Seven News  — 1.574 million
  4. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.486 million
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.428 million
  6. Nine/NBN News 6.30pm — 1.315 million
  7. Nine/NBN News — 1.261 million
  8. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.160 million
  9. Winter Games, Night 10 (Seven) — 1.101 million plus 296,000 on 7mate
  10. 7pm ABC News — 1.022 million

Top metro programs:

  1. Married At First Sight (Nine) — 1.296 million
  2. MKR (Serven) — 1.121 million
  3. Seven News — 1.020 million
  4. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.006 million

Losers: Ten, crunched by Seven, Nine and the ABC

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 1.020 million
  2. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.006 million
  3. A Current Affair (Nine) – 989,000
  4. Nine News (6.30pm) — 958,000
  5. Nine News — 946,000
  6. 7pm ABC News – 700,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 647,000
  8. Australian Story (ABC) — 583,000
  9. Media Watch (ABC) — 561,000
  10. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 523,000

Morning (National) TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 472,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 400,000
  3. News Breakfast (ABC,  164,000 + 81,000 on News 24) — 245,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) — 178,000
  5. Today Extra (Nine) — 167,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 102,000

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Britannia (showcase), NCIS (TVHITS) — 47,000
  2. Paul Murray Live  (Sky News) — 44,000
  3. Last Night With John Oliver  (Comedy) — 43,000
  4. The Bolt Report (Sky News) — 40,000

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