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

Married At First Sight ended last night — so how did the final rate? 2.61 million — up 8.7% from 2018’s 2.401 million. In the metros the program averaged 1.96 million, up from 1.75 million in 2018. In the regions the average slipped a touch to 643,000 from 648,000.

A Current Affair’s audience was boosted to 1.39 million by the program ending after 7.30pm (when MAFS was supposed to start). Nine won the night, naturally, from Seven, the ABC and a distant Ten. In share terms Nine won with 40.1% of total people and 32.0% for the main channel (where MAFS was broadcast). That was a much smaller victory than Sunday night when the network had a 45.5% share and 37.0% in the main channel. There were more programs with a million or more metro viewers (six) than on any night this year and for most of 2018. 

The change from daylight saving showed up in breakfast with Sunrise topping half a million national viewers (503,000) and over 300,000 in the metros (309,000). Today jumped to 312,000 and 208,000, its highest figures for some weeks. And in the evening, 10’s News and the two bits of The Project saw the now familiar boost — the 6.30 Project’s metro audience for example topped 300,000 (472,000 nationally), 10 News 409,000 in the metros and 586,000 nationally and the 7pm Project, 717,000 nationally and 496,000.

News Breakfast also gained with its audience up to a national 276,000 from 7am. Those modest gains always appear when daylight savings ends (and vanish when it starts). Let’s see if those gains stick. A Current Affair also gets a boost at this time of year as does the 7pm ABC News, Seven and Nine’s News but the final of MAFS last night made it hard to see the impact. In the regions MAFS won with 643,000, from Seven’s 6pm News with 549,000, Seven News/Today Tonight with 521,000, MKR with 390,000 and ACA with 371,000.

Network channel share:
Nine (40.1%)
Seven (25.4%)
ABC (16.2%)
Ten (13.4%)
SBS (4.9%)

Network main channels:
Nine (32.0%)
Seven 18.9%)
ABC (13.1%)
Ten (8.7%)
SBS ONE (3.4%)

Top 5 digital channels:
10 Bold (3.4%)
9Life (3.3%)
GO (3.1%)
7mate (2.7%)
7TWO (2.2%)

Top 10 national programs:
MAFS (Nine) — 2.61 million
Seven News — 1.66 million
Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.59 million
Nine/NBN News 6.30 — 1.40 million
A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.39 million
Nine/NBN News — 1.32 million
7pm ABC News — 1.14 million
MKR (Seven) — 1.10 million
Australian Story (ABC) — 1.06 million
Home and Away (Seven) — 1.04 million

Top metro programs:
MAFS (Nine) — 1.96 million
Seven News — 1.11 million
Seven News/TT — 1.07 million
Nine News 6.30 — 1.06 million
ACA (Nine) — 1.01 million
Nine News — 1.01 million

Metro news and current affairs:
Seven News — 1.11 million
Seven News/TT — 1.07 million
Nine News 6.30 — 1.06 million
ACA (Nine) — 1.01 million
Nine News —1.01 million
7pm ABC News — 789,000
Australian Story (ABC) — 715,000
7.30 (ABC) — 663,000
Media Watch (ABC) — 587,000
Four Corners (ABC) — 577,000

Morning (National) TV:
Sunrise (Seven) — 502,000 (Metros: 309,000)
Today (Nine) — 312,000 (Metros: 208,000)
News Breakfast (ABC, ABC News) — 276,000
The Morning Show (Seven) — 217,000
Today Extra (Nine) — 156,000
Studio 10 (Ten) — 82,000

Top five pay TV programs:
AFL: 360 (Fox Footy) — 64,000
AFL: On The Couch (Fox Footy) — 62,000
NRL: 360(Fox League) — 56,000
The Bolt Report (Sky News) — 50,000
Paul Murray Live (Sky News) — 43,000

Peter Fray

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