TV Ratings March 26: Heidi and Mike Drama draws MAFS 1.22m

• My Kitchen Rules back above 800,000: spag & meatballs at SCG

Tuesday: Week 13 2019

• Trip to the Holy Land sets new Travel Guides benchmark
• Fasten your airline seatbelts for more primetime travel formats
• MAFS: more about Jess & Dan, but how good are Heidi & Mike
• My Kitchen Rules back above 800,000: spag & meatballs at SCG

• Seven News 944,000/943,000
• Nine News 834,000/893,000
• A Current Affair 814,000
• ABC News 722,000
• 7.30 665,000
• The Project 274,000/437,000
• 10 News First 352,000
• SBS World News 117,000

Breakfast TV

• Sunrise 286,000
• Today 186,000

Seven

Home And Away climbed a little to 638,000 after 629,000 on Monday.

My Kitchen Rules didn’t feature an elimination again, but the audience climbed back above 800,000 as the teams cooked at the SCG, a fire station and at a construction site. A week ago the show did 746,000.

The second episode of the Martin Clunes’ UK drama Manhunt then did 539,000 after launching with 593,000. That first episode had an extra audience of 169,000 in the seven days since broadcast taking the metro audience total to 761,000.

Nine

A Current Affair traded at 814,000 after opening the week on 828,000 on Monday.

Married At First Sight gave viewers a glimpse of Jess and Dan waking up in each other’s arms. But for sheer awkwardness its hard to go past some of the great moments captured between Heidi and Mike as they took to the Harbour on a tall ship. The Tuesday episode did 1.225m after 1.305m last week.

The evening highlight for many viewers though was possibly the best episode ever of Travel Guides (although we still think highly of the India trip this season). The tourists made a pilgrimage to the Hold Land as they visited the hot spots in Israel. The great camera work and the comical situations made it all look very good, but they were hard markers with no adventurers scoring the experience higher than four out of five. The audience of 915,000 was the best ever for the show across three seasons. If other networks haven’t been developing primetime travel formats already they should probably start. Other shows of course won’t be able to have a MAFS lead-in. And finding other presenters this good will be challenging too, but not impossible.

10

Felicity Ward was the comedian of the day on The Project, with 437,000 a drop from Monday’s 574,000. The show played an extended clip from Monday’s Q&A with everybody’s new favourite TV panellist Teena McQueen. “That’s reality TV for me,” said guest Fifi Box.

Ambulance Australia then did 413,000 after 405,000 a week ago.

NCIS then did 285,000.

ABC

The Al Jazeera One Nation doco How To Sell A Massacre had 595,000 watching after 8pm. The second part screens on Thursday night.

The Cult Of The Family then did 379,000.

SBS

Michael Portillo was travelling between Vienna and Trieste last night on Great Continental Train Journeys with 180,000 watching.

Bullying was the subject on an episode of Insight that did 133,000.

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