TV Ratings: Married closes in on MKR…again

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

• Seven holds at #1, but margin wafer thin ahead of improving Nine
• Game on in reality battle: MKR #1 Sydney, Married #1 Melbourne

On just the second night of survey Nine has taken it right up to Seven with 0.2 of a point separating the two FTA giants. Although Seven has not been toppled yet, if the trend continues it won’t be long.

It is more than five years since Nine was this close to knocking off Seven this early in the year where My Kitchen Rules has been an unstoppable force.

While Seven was a narrow winner in primary share, it had a more comfortable lead in combined share where it was 2.6 points ahead of Nine.

Seven

Seven had three of the top six shows with My Kitchen Rules, Seven News and Home and Away winning their commercial timeslots. (Home and Away was narrowly outrated by ABC News.)

My Kitchen Rules was onto the second night of group two with 1.15m watching, well down on last week’s bumper 1.34m. MKR was a winner in Sydney, but was outrated in Melbourne by Married.

Also down this week was Bride and Prejudice to 636,000, dropping over 100,000 from 764,000 a week ago.

Ramsay’s Hotel Hell was then sitting on 300,000.

Nine

Married At First Sight had its second successive night over 1m viewers, which continues to improve on this slot last year by a massive amount. The show was a winner in Melbourne and only trailed MKR by 15,000 in Sydney.

Earlier in the night A Current Affair did 748,000 with a big feature story on the Aussie woman left for dead in Bali. A Current Affair averaged 755,000 last week.

Week two of the new season of House Husbands and the show did 669,000, a 40,000 lift on 629,000 from episode one.

TEN

I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! is hanging on in the top 10 despite the almighty reality war going on elsewhere. The audience of 685,000 was down, however, on last week’s 745,000 on Monday. The episode featured revelations about toasted sandwiches, who used to sleep in their swimmers and there was a special live delivery inside a big box.

Elsewhere last night The Project did 588,000.

The FTA premiere of Whose Line Is It Anyway? did 316,000 in the Have You Been Paying Attention? slot.

ABC

ABC News made the top 10 with just over 800,000.

Media Watch was then the most-watched with 654,000 where viewers heard about the latest exploits of “the phantom of the internet” David Richards.

Four Corners was on 648,000 with a story about the claims of vitamin supplements while Australian Story was just over 600,000.

Later in the night Q&A did 544,000.

SBS

Trust Me I’m A Doctor had the biggest audience with 224,000 watching a repeat.

SBS News at 6.30pm was next best with 178,000.

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