TV Ratings: MKR numbers lift to over 1.25m

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


• Kitchen HQ showdown lifts Tuesday My Kitchen Rules numbers over 1.25m
• Phuket a better travel destination for Travel Guides: audience climbs over 600,000

Seven kept its distance ahead of Nine last night, just over three points ahead of the primary channel, thanks again to My Kitchen Rules and the second elimination cook-off from Kitchen HQ. But wait, the channel got a helping hand from 800 Words too, a reminder to viewers that there is still some drama on TV, albeit later in the night after the reality rumble takes place.

Nine performed strongest in the major markets as it often does, winning in Melbourne and only trailing Seven by 0.6 of a point in Sydney. Nine remains on target though, noting it ranked #1 in key demos for combined channel share on Tuesday. Seven was #1 combined channel share all people.

TEN had its best of the week so far with I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! over 700,000.


My Kitchen Rules was just over 1.25m which was up 250,000 on last week. It was Western Australia v Queensland last night with Josh and Amy from the west narrowly defeating Alyse and Matt. Neither of the menus wowed the judging panel with Guy Grossi giving Josh and Amy a six, with all other scores five or under.

The Tuesday episode did close to 350,000 in both Sydney and Melbourne and guest judges DarrenRobertson and Colin Fassnidge take over tonight for the next six instant restaurants from the teams in group three.

The Aussie/NZ drama 800 Words followed with 718,000, well up on the 647,000 last week.


A Current Affair started with a cross to reporter Martin King who brought viewers up-to-date with the latest on the discovery of the body of Karen Ristevski, a story he has followed closely for the program. The show then screened an interview with Brenda Lin, a spoiler ahead of the interview Seven will screen this weekend. The ACA interview is believed to be one Ray Martin did for Nine several years ago. The Tuesday episode of ACA did 821,000.

Married At First Sight continues to trade over 1m and was not far off the pace behind MKR all people in Sydney and Melbourne.

Week two of Travel Guides and it hasn’t taken long to get the Aussie tourist to Phuket. The island is a magnet for Aussies, but certainly not to everyone’s taste. The episode did 613,000 with a third of them in Melbourne. That comes off the back of the Japan launch episode which did 570,000 a week ago.


I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! did 728,000 for its third episode of the week, with just over a third of viewers watching in Melbourne. The numbers were down slightly week-on-week.

At 7pm The Project was on 579,000 with guests including Bryan and Matilda Brown.

NCIS built considerably on the 426,000 last week, climbing to 510,000 last night.

NCIS: Los Angeles followed on 324,000, up from 310,000 a week ago.


Share held just above 10% with News over 800,000 and 7.30 on 575,000.

Part three of Ice Wars just made the top 20 with 399,000.

The 8pm repeat of Outback ER did 361,000.


Trump instead of trains last night at 7.30pm, with Meet The Trumps on 265,000, which was actually up on the 257,000 watching the final of Paul Merton’s Secret Stations a week ago.

Insight then did 212,000 after 240,000 last week.

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