TV Ratings Feb 11: Seven sets new record on 2018 survey day one

Mediaweek editor James Manning looks at last night’s TV ratings

• Seven sets new record on 2018 survey day one: 279 to go
• Seven’s My Kitchen Rules and Winter Olympics secure victory
• Nine posts biggest single audience for Married At First Sight
• I’m A Celebrity TEN’s best, Lisa meets Jacqui on Sunday  Project
• Hawke doco part one debuts with 600,000+ for ABC

Week 6 highlights: Seven wins all demos

Seven has won the last week of summer survey with a win for total people for the primary channel and the combined channel share too. The broadcaster also managed to finish first in the key demos.

Seven had seven of the top eight shows thanks to MKR, The Good Doctor and the Winter Games.

TEN had two of the top three programs 25-54 with the Big Bash final and the Sunday episode of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here.

Nine’s best was Married At First Sight with all four episodes top 10 for the week 25-54. Nine also noted Married at First Sight is dominating the OzTAM VPM rankings in digital, where it already holds the top 1-8 spots with all the episodes passing 100,000 threshold.

Week 7 TV: Sunday

Seven

Seven has started the year with a new record – the biggest combined channel share since OzTAM launched in 2001. Seven’s combined number of 39.9% was well ahead of Nine on 29.5% and TEN, which had a very tough night with 11.8%.

Seven News Sunday started the primetime leadership with 1.11m.

My Kitchen Rules‘ Sydney sisters Jess and Emma hosted the judges and their contestants at their Princess Pantry. They scored relatively well and ended up in the middle of the rankings. Their biggest triumph was a dessert of white chocolate cheesecake with berry compote which wowed the judges, earning them 19 from a possible 20 for the course. The Sunday audience was 1.162m, up from 1.10m the previous Sunday, but short of last week’s best, 1.19m on Tuesday.

The Winter Olympics coverage of night two followed with 1.04m early in the evening. Follow Mediaweek on Twitter (@mediaweekaus) for Seven’s detailed breakdown of each day’s ratings numbers.

Nine

Nine News Sunday was its first primetime program of the survey year with 960,000 securing a top five spot.

The first commitment ceremony then featured on Married At First Sight with 1.163m watching, which was narrowly the biggest single audience of the night. The episode had a more substantial lead across the key demos.

Screentime’s Underbelly franchise then returned to the channel with Underbelly Files: Chopper. Part one did 903,000, which is a great number given the opposition. Chopper did well in the key demos 18+, ranking second only behind Married. The episode was like a Chopper’s Great Hits (literally) as he recalled various career highlights for a nightclub audience.

Nine then sensibly programmed the Tough Nuts episode featuring Gangitano (with the series rebranded as Australian Crime Stories) with 375,000 watching – 172,000 of them in Melbourne.

TEN

Tough night that started with Family Feud Sunday just under 200,000.

The Sunday Project returned after a week off with Lisa Wilkinson at the desk talking about Barnaby Joyce and then a feature interview with the new recruit and Jacqui Lambie. The hour started on 242,000 and then edged higher to 390,000.

I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! was split into two parts, one of which included the first (planned) elimination – goodbye Tiffany. The ghost of the wonderful Charlotte Dawson was invoked in one spooky scene. The episode did 651,000 and 614,000.

The new CBS drama SEAL Team then did 185,000.

ABC

Part one of Hawke: The Larrikin and the Leader followed ABC News with 629,000 watching the doco.

Shetland screened after 8.30pm with just over half a million.

SBS

Eight Days That Made Rome was level with SBS World News on 134,000 for the channel’s biggest audience.

The screening of Atlantis Rising from James Cameron did 115,000.

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