TV Ratings Feb 21: Game on with Seven just 0.5 ahead of Nine

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

• Seven’s mix of summer kitchen and winter sport keeps network #1
• Primary channel race: Game on with Seven just 0.5 ahead of Nine
• Major networks carve up market with Seven and Nine on 66% share

Seven has maintained its leads for primary and combined channel share.

The primary channel lead has shrunk to just 0.5 though with Seven on 25.0%, its smallest share since survey started, all of 11 days ago. It has a more commanding combined network share lead of 4.0 with 35.1%.

Seven

The daily soapie Home and Away continues to hover around 700,000, with the Wednesday number on 645,000, a little lower.

On My Kitchen Rules mother and daughter Pat and Louisa opened their gypsy-inspired instant restaurant with little success. Their total score of 49 sees them way below anyone else on the leader board, guaranteeing them a spot in the cook-off at the elimination house. Their highest score from the judges was 5 out of 10 for dessert, while their entrées scored just 2 out of 10 from both Pete and Manu. The Wednesday episode did 946,000 after 930,000 last week.

Night 12 of the Winter Olympics followed with 799,000 after 750,000 on Wednesday last week.

Nine

An Aussie dad behind bars and then a look at Married At First Sight’s most controversial contestants featured on A Current Affair with 839,000 watching.

Plenty of drama surrounded the Married At First Sight dinner party as coverage of this season explodes across the media, with Nine able to channel much of the interest to its own online products and its multichannels. The midweek episode did 1.34m after 1.12m watched a week ago.

A new episode of 20 To One followed, hosted by Erin Molan and Dave Thornton, which did 482,000.

TEN

The Project 7pm did 488,000 with Vance Joy on the show as his new album is released.

I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! did 496,000 after 515,000 a week ago. Pete Rowsthorn was elected camp leader and Danny Green looked happier than he has for a while.

Another key episode of This Is Us followed with 225,000 after an equally disappointing 250,000 last week.

ABC

Hard Quiz returned to the 8pm slot with the debut episode of series three on 550,000.

Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell then did 575,000 after 489,000 a week ago.

Squinters was then on 319,000 followed by The Last Leg on 201,000.

The midweek episode of Tonightly on the primary channel attracted 99,000.

SBS

With Michael Portillo in the country, Great Continental Railway Journeys has returned to the schedule with 261,000 for the journey from Sofia to Istanbul.

Part one of CJZ’s Muslims Like Us Australia then did 206,000.

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