TV Ratings: MKR takes the lead in reality TV shootout

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

Damo & Caz with Manu Feildel and Pete Evans

• Warm-up week #1 – My Kitchen Rules victorious in 7.30pm reality TV shootout
• New-look Married At First Sight launches in third place, behind MKR & Celebrity
• Home and Away returns triumphant at 7pm as bushfire ravages music festival
• Game shows: Hot Seat trails The Chase despite Nine’s Monday cash giveaway

Schedules returned to near normal on most channels last night despite still being just under two weeks away from the start of survey for 2017.

Seven was the big winner with no surprises that My Kitchen Rules eased straight back into first place, which helped Seven to a metro share of 25.7%. After just two nights the channel is well placed for a week five win with a share of 39.5% and a combined channel share of 45.2%.

Seven was a Monday timeslot winner from 5pm with The Chase through Seven News, Home and Away, My Kitchen Rules and Bride & Prejudice. And all of those primetime programs are in-house productions.

Nine secured second place despite ranking #3 in the critical 7.30pm slot behind Seven and TEN.

TEN ranked #2 at 7.30pm with viewer interest in the arrival of two more celebrities taking the total number to 12.

Seven

Both Seven and Nine are continuing to measure the 5pm and 5.30pm slots separately despite both screening one-hour game shows starting at 5pm. Seven’s The Chase was the winner in the first head-to-head between the two programs. Seven did 402,000 at 5pm (Hot Seat 312,000) and then 631,000 at 5.30pm (Hot Seat 496,000).

The Chase gave away $98,000 last night, which is one of the bigger wins on the show where prize money is often pretty small or non-existent.

Seven News was a network winner at 6pm with both half hours over 1.1m.

Home and Away was in the midst of a bushfire that caused havoc at the Summer Grooves festival threatening the life of one of the characters and the unborn baby of another. The show returned to the schedule at 7pm with 878,000, winning its timeslot.

My Kitchen Rules started season eight at the home of Tasmanian married couple Damo and Caz. They scored best with their entrées but the scores dropped for their main and then lower for dessert. Their overall total was 62 out of 110.

The series returned with 1.30m viewers after its overnight audience launch of 1.57m last year and 1.59m in 2015. The 2016 Monday night consolidated average audience was 1.62m.

Seven then launched Bride & Prejudice off the back of MKR around 9pm. On a big night for weddings on TV, this Seven newcomer pulled a bigger audience after 9pm than Married At First Sight could manage at 7.30pm. If the series can keep above 800,000 in the later timeslot it will be job done for the series that Seven predicted could be big when it declined to reveal its title at the 2017 Upfront last year.

The Miss Universe contest screened to 167,000 between 10pm and 1am.

MKR leaderboard after episode 1

Nine

Millionaire Hot Seat trailed The Chase across its new one-hour slot, but the show easily won when it comes to biggest giveaway. The last person sitting in the “hot seat” walked away with $250,000 after correctly guessing three generations of the Huston family had been Oscar winners.

Nine News made it over 1m for both halves. The bulletin won in Sydney but it was a very close race in Melbourne where viewers were introduced to a new set last night.

Tracy Grimshaw returned to A Current Affair with the show on 799,000, ranking #3 in the slot behind Home and Away and ABC News.

Married At First Sight launched with 820,000, which would have been a disappointment, despite the tough competition. The good news is it was better than the 786,000 watching Australia’s Got Talent on the Monday night at the same time last year.

Nine then screened the 2009 movie Bride Wars with 311,000 watching.

TEN

The second night of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here did well with 959,000, up on the 927,000 from this night last year. The arrival of two new celebrities kept things interesting for the viewers, as could the Tuesday tucker challenge tonight. Yum.

The Project 7pm was next best with 771,000, which included Pat Rafter, John Alexander and a live cross to the jungle.

Later in the night it was sitcom time with two eps of Life In Pieces (368,000 and 201,000) and then two of The Odd Couple (152,000 and 128,000).

Earlier in the night TEN Eyewitness News First At Five outrated Hot Seat across the hour with 555,000.

ABC

The final episode of Back Roads capped off a successful second season with 642,000 at 8pm.

A Four Corners repeat did 331,000 after 8.30pm.

SBS

Michael Mosley‘s Trust Me I’m A Doctor was just short of 290,000 at 7.30pm with a repeat of Sacred Rivers with Simon Reeve on 255,000 after 8.30pm.

The third week of Undressed after 9.30pm did 107,000.

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