MAFS Married at First Sight Australia
Contestants on Married at First Sight Australia (Image: Channel 9)

It seems like water polo was the most popular sport over the weekend, with wet weather hitting the NRL and AFL in Sydney and Brisbane. Umbrellas would have been useful as defensive measures but unfortunately they are not allowed.

Most games were postponed in the soccer. The A-League is set to resume Thursday night, when the muddy pools will have dried out and become grass again.

Meanwhile the annual game of Married At First Sight continued last night, with the familiar blow ups. Viewers responded (as the producers knew they would) with a 2021 season high: 1.47 million viewers. This secured the number-two slot nationally and number one in the metros.

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Landline also celebrated its 30th birthday, continuing its reign as the most valuable news and current affairs program on Australian TV. Its success makes a mockery of all those commercial attempts to report on “the bush” or the “outback” (AKA regional Australia).

Network channel share

  1. Nine (34.7%)
  2. Seven (26.3%)
  3. Ten (15.8%)
  4. ABC (15.2%)
  5. SBS (8.0%)

Network main channels

  1. Nine (26.2%)
  2. Seven (19.8%)
  3. ABC (11.1%)
  4. Ten (9.4%)
  5. SBS ONE (5.2%)

Top five digital channels

  1. GO (3.6%)
  2. 10 Bold (3.2%)
  3. 7mate (2.8%)
  4. 10 Peach (2.4%)
  5. 7Flix, Gem (2.1%)

Top 10 national programs

  1. Seven News — 1.610 million
  2. MAFS (Nine) — 1.471 million
  3. Nine News — 1.434 million
  4. 7pm ABC News — 1.008 million
  5. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 858,000
  6. Seven News – Ivan Milat- Buried Secrets (Seven) — 850,000
  7. Grand Designs NZ (ABC) — 700,000
  8. The Amazing Race Australia (Ten) — 675,000
  9. Insiders (ABC, ABC News) — 663,000
  10. Harrow (ABC) —625,000

Metro news and current affairs

  1. Seven News —1.077 million
  2. Nine News — 1.049 million
  3. 7pm ABC News — 654,000
  4. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 589,000
  5. The Sunday Project 7pm (Ten) — 435,000
  6. Nine News late — 356,000
  7. 10 News First — 322,000
  8. The Sunday Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 285,000
  9. SBS World News — 171,000

Morning (national) TV

  1. Insiders (ABC, ABC News) — 663,000
  2. Landline (ABC) — 455,000
  3. Weekend Sunrise (Seven) — 436,000
  4. Weekend Today (Nine) — 336,000
  5. Offsiders (ABC) — 244,000
  6. Sports Sunday (Nine) — 211,000

Top five pay TV programs

  1. NRL: Cronulla v Canberra (Fox League) — 256,000
  2. NRL: Wests v Easts (Fox League) — 220,000
  3. Supercars Sandown (Fox Sports) — 172,000
  4. NRL: Sunday Ticket (Fox League) — 161,000
  5. Supercars Sandown (Fox Sports) — 159,000

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