TV Ratings Feb 22: MKR pushes back above 1m with no Married in sight

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

• My Kitchen Rules pushes back above 1m with no Married At First Sight
• TEN has its best share in a fortnight with Gogglebox inside top 10
• Festival of Michael Portillo back in a big way: SBS audiences happy

With no Married At First Sight to contend with last night, Seven ran away with the night with a big lead.

TEN had its best survey night in the past two weeks with Gogglebox and I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! both close to 600,000.

Seven

Just one episode again this week of Home and Away to let Seven’s cooking show screen for another night. Home and Away ended its week on 646,000 after 645,000 on Wednesday.

The final instant restaurant for My Kitchen Rules group 2 was Sonya and Hadil. The girls performed brilliantly, scoring perfects 10s from both judges with entrée and mains. Dessert of knafeh saw judges’ scores of seven and eight, but it was still enough for them to finish on top of group 2. The episode posted the program’s biggest audience for the week – 1.11m – up on 947,000 from Thursday last week.

Night 13 of the Winter Olympics did 723,000 after 891,000 a week ago.

Nine

Nine programmed reality and a movie after A Current Affair with RBT and then the 2015 movie Jurassic World.

A Current Affair did 791,000.

RBT was up against MKR and did 545,000 followed by the movie on 354,000.

TEN

Steve Price announced on The Project that he is South Africa-bound tomorrow to again enter the jungle on I’m A Celebrity. One of the most successful and more popular stars of 2017 will be back on screen this Sunday night. Meanwhile last night The Project 7pm was on 460,000.

I’m A Celebrity without Steve Price continued last night with KFC getting its share of publicity as they gobbled it up. The episode did 595,000 after 579,000 a week ago.

The Gogglebox critics were on just after 9pm. Among the shows on offer were Nine’s MAFS and Blue Planet II plus Lifestyle’s 24 Hours In Emergency. The audience was 629,000 after 651,000 last week. Gogglebox was the channel’s most-watched program last week.

ABC

Call The Midwife had the early 8pm slot with 431,000.

The 90-minute factual drama Against The Law told the story of gay British journalist Peter Wildeblood who fought against legislation which made homosexuality a crime and did 160,000.

SBS

After a shortish period out of the schedule, Michael Portillo is back in a big way with 254,000 watching two episodes of Great British Railway Journeys. There are another two episodes tonight making it three successive nights of the format at 7.30pm.

The final part of Muslims Like Us Australia did 185,000 with a trip to Manly and much debate in the house about the various branches of Islam. The show did 185,000.

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