TV Ratings March 13: Seven narrowly in front as MKR pulls 1m+

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

• Seven narrowly in front as Dan & Gemma depart My Kitchen Rules in front of 1m+
• Nine jags biggest audiences and key demos with last dates on Married At First Sight
• Busy days on the beach: Bondi Rescue returns to TEN schedule in Celebrity slot


Home and Away’s metro audience was again close to 650,000.

My Kitchen Rules featured a real cook-off with good work from both the teams. Dan and Gemma got reasonable marks from the judges for everything but their main of roast lamb. It was soon evident they were in trouble though as Alex and Emily picked up a perfect 10 from both judges for their entrée of roasted bone marrow with brussels sprouts. Tonight could be interesting with the channel teasing a wet and wild pool party challenge. The Tuesday MKR episode did 1.03m after 1.01m a week ago.

The Good Doctor featured some challenging surgery for two patients. The show was key to Seven winning the night all people with 869,000 watching. It was only the second-ever episode under 900,000 after 838,000 last week.

Grey’s Anatomy then did 232,000.


A Current Affair posted its second 900,000+ audience this week with a report on the Church of Scientology’s new Netflix-style TV network.

Married At First Sight saw the couples “enjoying” their final dates ahead of decision day. The episode was on 1.23m, close to last week’s 1.26m on Tuesday.

An executive assistant with a passion for salsa dancing may not be everyone’s ideal night out, but it was central to last night’s Date Night, which did 500,000, up from 440,000 a week ago.


Just hours after being confirmed as having the #1 breakfast show in Melbourne with a big ratings rise, Fifi Box was the guest at the desk on The Project with 519,000 after 7pm. March is comedy month in Melbourne and on The Project, and last night’s contributions included an appearance from Hung Le while Fiona O’Loughlin talked about her jungle triumph.

Bondi Rescue returned to the schedule at 7.30pm and found it challenging competing against two massive reality franchises. The two episodes returned audiences of 343,000 and 380,000.

Hughesy, We Have A Problem then did 403,000 after 451,000 last week with a bigger lead-in audience.


The Checkout investigated the use of food additive MSG with 492,000 watching.

The first of the three-part series The Human Body did 412,000 at 8.30pm.

The two-part Hyper Evolution: The Rise Of The Robots started with 229,000 at 9.30pm.


A repeat of Billy Connolly’s UK Who Do You Think You Are? did 260,000.

Insight then asked, can changing our gut bacteria change us? The repeat episode did 239,000.

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