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

MAFS returned — 1.49 million nationally (it dragged on for almost two hours!).

Nine wins, end of night? Not quite. Seven’s MKR failed to make the top 10 national programs — 830,000 isn’t enough and 2020 will be a repeat of 2019’s struggle. The format is dead, like the Norwegian Blue. 

Australian Survivor All Stars on Ten also didn’t make the top 10, but it was not expected to. The 787,000 was enough for Ten, but not enough to keep it in third spot — that went to the ABC with its high class line up. A great Four Corners (904,000 nationally) and Q&A (754,000 nationally) shorn of Tony Jones. Hamish Macdonald slipped easily into the chair and Jones is history.

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In regional areas it was Seven News with 574,000, Seven News 6.30, 564,000. Home and Away 392,000, The Chase Australia 5.30pm, 350,000, MAFS, 338,000.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (31.8%)
  2. Seven (25.3%)
  3. ABC (18.7%)
  4. Ten (18.0%)
  5. SBS (6.2%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (25.8%)
  2. Seven (16.9%)
  3. ABC (14.7%)
  4. Ten (12.7%)
  5. SBS ONE (3.6%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7mate (3.8%)
  2. 7TWO, 10 Bold (3.2%)
  3. gem (2.7%)
  4. ABC Kids/Comedy (2.3%)
  5. 10 Peach (2.1%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News— 1.607 million
  2. Seven News — 1.595 million 
  3. MAFS (Nine) — 1.492 million
  4. Nine/NBN News 6.30  — 1.175 million
  5. Nine/NBNNews  — 1.103 million
  6. 7pm ABC News — 1.060 million
  7. ACA (Nine) — 1.057 million
  8. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.022 million
  9. Media Watch (Ten) — 922,000
  10. 7.30 (ABC) — 907,000

Top metro programs: 

  1. MAFS (Nine) — 1.154 million
  2. Seven News   — 1.033 million
  3. Seven News 6.30 —1.031 million

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News   — 1.033 million
  2. Seven News 6.30 —1.031 million
  3. Nine News   — 1.060 million
  4. Nine News 6.30 —1.046 million
  5. Seven News 6.30 — 946,000 
  6. Seven News —912,000
  7. 7pm ABC News — 572,000
  8. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 575,000
  9. 7.30 (ABC) — 434,000
  10. Ten News First — 426,000

Morning (National) TV:

  1. Sunrise: National: 462,000, Metro: 274,000 
  2. Today: National: 328,000, Metro: 228,000 
  3. News Breakfast (ABC, ABC News) —275,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) —pre-empted by Super Bowl
  5. Today Extra – Australian Open (Nine) —196,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 101,000

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. NFL: Super Bowl (ESPN) —131,000
  2. The Bolt Report (Sky News) — 65,000
  3. Paul Murray Live (Sky News) — 62,000
  4. Credlin (Sky news) — 54,000
  5. Kenny on Media (Sky News) — 45,000

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