After winning  for two straight weeks, Seven went backwards last night as the Winter Games faded, My Kitchen Rules was rested and Australian Spartan started. Spartan averaged 1.21 million nationally, which is just OK for such an expensive program. Nine won with Married at First Sight — 900,000 ahead with its highest ever audience of 2.14 million viewers across the country. These are now dangerous waters for Seven and its under pressure management. 

Tonight MKR is back in the schedule and there’s the debut of the new US Fox series, The Resident — a medical drama featuring a rebellious resident at a big hospital, a sort of millennial House. That’s three US doctors a week for Seven with The Good Doctor and that stalwart Grey’s Anatomy. Celebrity had an elimination on Ten last night — 995,000 for that and 848,000 for the lead up, which was beaten by the return of Grand Designs to the ABC with 903,000.

Peter van Onslen was Insiders gain, and Sky News’s loss.  A total 588,000 people watched the Insiders on the main channel of the ABC and ABC News. Riot on the ABC at 8.40 pm — a doco about the inception of the Mardi Gras in Sydney got 296,000. Will more people watch next Sunday’s SBS’s broadcast of Saturday night’s  Mardi Gras parade at 8.30 pm?

In regional areas Married topped the night with 606,000, from Seven News with 545,000, then Australian Spartan in third with 402,000, 60 Minutes was fourth with 394,000 and Nine/NBN News 6.30pm was fifth with 415,000.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (35.9%)
  2. Seven (29.8%)
  3. Ten (15.4%)
  4. ABC (12.8.%)
  5. SBS (6.2%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (27.0%)
  2. Seven (21.7%)
  3. Ten (11.2%)
  4. ABC (8.6%)
  5. SBS ONE (4.4%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. GO (3.5%)
  2. Gem (3.3%)
  3. 7TWO (3.2%)
  4. 7mate (3.0%)
  5. Eleven (2.4%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Married At First Sight (Nine) — 2.142 million
  2. Seven News  — 1.561 million
  3. Nine/NBN News — 1.452 million
  4. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 1.240 million
  5. Australian Spartan (Seven) — 1.218 million
  6. 7pm ABC News — 1.067 million
  7. I’m A Celebrity – Elimination (Ten) — 995,000
  8. Grand Designs (ABC) — 903,000
  9. I’m A Celebrity (Ten) — 848,000
  10. Winter Games — Countdown (Seven) — 818,000

Top metro programs:

    1. Married At First Sight (Nine) — 1.536 million
    2. Nine News — 1.084 million
    3. Seven News — 1.015 million

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News — 1.084 million
  2. Seven News — 1.015 million
  3. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 846,000
  4. 7pm ABC News —714,000
  5. The Sunday Project 7pm (Ten) — 404,000
  6. Ten Eyewitness News — 348,000
  7. The Sunday Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 296,000
  8. SBS World News — 149,000

Morning TV:

  1. Insiders (ABC, 413,000, 175,000 on ABC News) — 588,000
  2. Weekend Sunrise (Seven) — 449,000
  3. Landline (ABC) — 438,000
  4. Weekend Today (Nine) — 367,000
  5. Offsiders (ABC) — 211,000

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. AFL: JLT Series, Adelaide v Fremantle (Fox Footy) — 84,000
  2. AFL: JLT Series, West Coast v Port Adelaide (Fox Footy) — 75,000
  3. John Wick: Chapter 2 (Foxtel Movies) — 63,000
  4. AFLW: GWS v Adelaide (Fox Footy) — 62,000
  5. A League: Sydney v Western Sydney (Fox Sports) — 61,000

Peter Fray

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