TV ratings married at first sight
(Image: Nine Network)

Nine will want us to know all about the fabulous performance of MAFS last night (it had high figures), but in reality that is a bit of “look over here” to divert attention from the rotten week Today had last week — the worst this year. 

Today had 250,000 national and 165,000 metro viewers on Friday — that’s four out of five mornings last week where the metro audience was under 200,000. But things got worse on the weekend. The Monday to Friday show was out-rated by Weekend Today on Saturday. The weekday edition averaged 263,000 nationally and 182,000 in the metros (its second sub-200,000 metro audience in a row after 198,000 the week before). The Saturday edition of the program had 310,000 national and 220,000 metro viewers, the Sunday edition had 282,000 national viewers and 203,000 in the metros. So why not swap hosts? Easy Peasy!

MAFS had its first 2 million plus national audience of the season last night — 2.21 million with a high 1.65 million in the metros and 557,000 in the regions with the mass expulsions and the so-called “intruders”. So how will it go now that the ratbags and cheaters have gone? 60 Minutes was dragged to a new high for the year of 1.44 million nationally by MAFS. In the regions, MAFS won with 557,000, then Seven News with 483,000, Sunday Night with 399,000, 60 Minutes with 368,000 and Nine News with 326,000.

Network channel share:
Nine (39.5%)
Seven (26.6%)
ABC (16.3%)
Ten (12.1%)
SBS (5.5%)

Network main channels:
Nine (30.9%)
Seven (18.8%)
ABC (12.1%)
Ten (9.0%)
SBS ONE (3.6%)

Top 5 digital channels:
7Mate, GO (3.5%)
Gem (2.8%)
9Life (2.8%)
ABC Kids/Comedy (2.3%)

Top 10 national programs:
MAFS (Nine) — 2.216 million
60 Minutes (Nine) — 1.445 million
Seven News — 1.375 million
Nine/NBN News — 1.291 million
MKR (Seven) – 1.133 million
7pm ABC News — 973,000
Sunday Night (Seven) — 882,000
Magical land of OZ (ABC) — 802,000
The Cry (ABC) — 726,000
Insiders (ABC) — 587,000

Top metro programs:

1. MAFS (Nine) — 1.659 million
2. 60 Minutes (Nine) —- 1.077 million

Metro news and current affairs:
60 Minutes (Nine) —- 1.077 million
Nine News — 965,000
Seven News — 892,000
7pm ABC News —661,000
Sunday Night (Seven) — 547,000
The Project 7pm (Ten) — 339,000
10 News First — 262,000
The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 199,000
SBS World News — 137,000

Morning (National) TV:
Insiders (ABC, ABC News) — 587,000
Weekend Sunrise (Seven) — 406,000
Landline (ABC) — 353,000
Weekend Today (Nine) — 282,000
Offsiders (ABC) — 218,000

Peter Fray

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