TV Ratings Feb 20: Married At First Sight again the giant-killer – assumes top spot

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

• Married At First Sight again the giant-killer – assumes top spot
• My Kitchen Rules with defence force foodies just short of 1m
• Oldfields shake up Celebrity camp, but viewers not responding


Home and Away is getting another stalker with the Tuesday episode on 684,000 after 704,000 on Monday.

Defence force foodies Matt and Aly were the chefs on My Kitchen Rules. Their Brisbane kitchen dished up a total score of just 60. The entrée of scallops and the dessert of tart scored well, but the main of pulled pork tacos was a major fail with both judges giving it one out of 10. The episode did 988,000 after 1.02m on Tuesday last week.

Female bobsleigh was amongst the sports on offer on the Winter Olympics night 11 with 799,000 after 914,000 a week ago.


The Bunnings Bandit, two people who didn’t want to be filmed and then the best phone plans filled A Current Affair with 863,000 after Monday night’s record 989,000.

The grooms’ homestays continued on Married At First Sight with 1.23m. After eight seasons with My Kitchen Rules calling the shots at the start of the ratings years it is a major change in the TV landscape to see a new program topping the chart. My Kitchen Rules started the year in front and led in the first six head-to-head battles with Married. The pendulum then began to swing though with MKR and Married level one night and Married then winning the last six clashes. Last night Married recorded its biggest winning margin, ahead of MKR by 245,000 in metro markets.

Episode 2 of Date Night did 464,000 after a debut of 510,000 a week ago.

One Night With My Ex then did 183,000.


The Project finished with Missy Higgins, who is talking about her good fortune to secure the support act slot for Ed Sheeran in Australia. The show did 531,000 after 7pm, which is also bang on what it averaged this week last year.

I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! has been struggling to attract the crowds it was doing last year. In week 7 2017 the show’s best was 911,000 while week 7 this year its best was 644,000. The Oldfields entered the camp on Monday and last night David Oldfield was involved in some heated discussions. The audience is not warming to the new arrivals yet though with the Monday audience of 534,000 dropping to 489,000 last night, which is the smallest audience ever for the format here.

Hughesy, We Have A Problem included Fiona O’Loughlin amongst the guests before she headed for the jungle. The episode did 463,000 after 437,000 last week.

NCIS: Los Angeles then did 267,000.


Brands under the microscope on The Checkout included Aldi, while the team looked at best practice when hiring a builder. The audience of 446,000 was down a little on last week’s 494,000.

Catalyst was investigating the case of a Sydney woman with gut problems and anxiety. Dr Joanna McMillan was trying to help the patient, which she labelled one of her most challenging cases. It all got a bit weird though when she Skyped a medical colleague for advice while she was sitting in a Sydney blues bar with a guitarist soloing in the background! The show did 419,000.

The doco The Pacemakers followed on 192,000 with men in their 90s prepping for the World Masters Championships.


British actor Derek Jacobi was the guest on the UK episode of Who Do You Think You Are? with 157,000 watching.

Insight featured young adults dealing with cancer and did 142,000.

Dateline then looked at the refugees swapped in a deal between Australia and the United States with 114,000 watching.

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