TV Ratings Feb 18: Nine’s Married At First Sight pulls record audience

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

• Married At First Sight’s record 1.35m, next Sunday it’s against Australian Spartan
• Mix of Russian cooking and Korean peninsula action a winning cocktail for Seven

Seven

Russians have been causing havoc in the US with the links to the election of Donald Trump. Russians were causing havoc on Seven last night too where Olga and Valeria were cooking from their Sydney instant restaurant. The Sunday numbers were down ever-so-slightly week-on-week as the duo now tops the leader board in group two with 108 which was powered by the maximum possible of 20 from the judges for their White Russian dessert.

After 8.30pm it was back to PyeongChang for night 9 of the Winter Olympics, which did a very healthy 935,000.

Nine

The biggest scandal in Married At First Sight’s history was promised to play out at a commitment ceremony. It was fitting the biggest scandal pulled the biggest-ever MAFS audience for a regular episode – 1.35m. The biggest audience for the show last week was 1.16m, which was also for the Sunday episode and was a crowd that was also the biggest in week 7.

60 Minutes then followed with one of the stories featuring Liz Hayes speaking with Malcolm and Lucy Turnbull. The episode did 810,000, which Nine would be happy with up against the Winter Olympics.

Sunday crime continued to be a theme for the channel with the first episode of Born To Kill: Class Of Evil next with 334,000.

TEN

The Project featured Lisa Wilkinson’s exclusive interview with Celine Dion in Las Vegas with the second half of the program on 411,000 after it opened on 281,000. The Project 7pm last Sunday did 390,000.

Coincidentally, tickets for Celine Dion’s Australian shows went on sale this morning.

I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! welcomed more new arrivals – this time a duo billed as Australia’s most dysfunctional married couple, which turned out to be David and Lisa Oldfield. As they arrived, actress Kerry Armstrong departed. The elimination rated 618,000, while the remainder of the episode was on 544,000. The elimination episode a week ago did 644,000.

NCIS has been moved to Sunday and the episode did 338,000, which was a nice improvement on SEAL Team’s 190,000 a week ago.

ABC

The second part of the Hawke doco, The Larrikin and the Leader, did 744,000 after part one did 629,000.

Shetland followed with an average audience of 528,000.

SBS

History night on SBS with episode three of Eight Days That Made Rome at 7.30pm did 159,000.

A National Geographic special then, China’s Megatomb Revealed, did 147,000.

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