TV Ratings March 20: MAFS Dinner Party Deliver + New Look Footy Show

• AFL Footy Show starts another chapter, but well behind The Front Bar

Wednesday: Week 12 2019

• Dinner party does it again, but MAFS audience waiting for Sunday
• AFL Footy Show starts another chapter, but well behind The Front Bar
• Tom Gleeson’s ABC night as Judith Lucy arrives at The Weekly

• Seven News 953,000/959,000
• Nine News 894,000/891,000
• A Current Affair 797,000
• ABC News 715,000
• 7.30 593,000
• The Project 249,000/431,000
• 10 News First 386,000
• SBS World News 115,000

Breakfast TV

• Sunrise 270,000
• Today 181,000


The 7pm supersoap Home And Away will only get one episode tonight in most markets because of the return of the AFL. So far over three nights this week the audiences have been 658,000, 556,000 and 648,000 last night.

The My Kitchen Rules teams with the lowest scores faced each other in the kitchen last night as Mick & Jodie-Anne were eliminated off the back of a sub-par main and disappointing dessert. Both Pete and Manu gave the courses scores of 3 for the main and 2 for the dessert. The series has continued with audiences in the 700,000s this week and has finished with 738,000.

Modern Family then returned to the schedule at 9pm in some markets with two episodes.

The Front Bar returned for 2019 in AFL markets and did huge business. The three-market metro crowd was just on 400,000. There was 278,000 watching in Melbourne, which was a bigger crowd than both 6pm news bulletins and it was only beaten in that market by MAFS.


A Current Affair looked at milk prices and what the increased prices can mean for dairy farmers. The midweek episode did 797,000 after audiences of 891,000 and then 775,000 this week.

There was an air of expectancy, again, around the Married At First Sight dinner party. There was plenty of tension, although Nine is saving the biggest blow-up for Sunday judging by the promos for the start of the show’s new week. The Wednesday audience was on 1.454m after 1.404m a week ago.

MAFS was a good lead-in for the latest version of The Footy Show, which showed off its third set of hosts in two years. After Craig Hutchison and then Eddie McGuire tried to extend the life of the show in recent years, a bigger overhaul was revealed this week. It was a modest start for the program with a three market audience of 275,000 – 193,000 of them in Melbourne. That was probably a reasonable start though for the new team given the hiding some thought the show might get from The Front Bar.


A busy episode of The Project featured AFLW boss and former regular 10 contributor Nicole Livingstone talking about the Tayla Harris photo, rock icon Bryan Adams visited and the program responded to criticisms PM Scott Morrison had about the program. There was 431,000 watching after 7pm.

Bondi Rescue followed with a new episode and then a repeat with 304,000 and 283,000.

It was then two episodes of Law & Order: SVU, also featuring a new episode and a repeat with audiences of 194,000 and 174,000.

It was then time for the second refresh of the Sports Tonight franchise, this time with new hosts and anew timeslot. The program did 63,000 with its biggest audience in Sydney with 28,000.


One of Australian TV’s hottest comedy properties has almost taken over primetime, again, for the ABC on its comedy night. First up at 8pm Tom Gleeson hosted Hard Quiz, which featured a battle of the duds with former contestants who had made early exits in the past. The program did 697,000 after 635,000 a week ago.

Gleeson was then one of the star attractions for the return of The Weekly With Charlie Pickering. He shares the stage with the host of course and last night they welcomed new team member Judith Lucy. The series returned with 604,000.

Get Krack!n then did 279,000 followed by two UK panel shows – QI, with 247,000, and then a repeat of Adam Hills: The Last Leg on 160,000.


Episode three of the four-part Australia In Colour continues to perform well with 300,000 after 341,000 watched episode two last week.

Versailles returned last night in the late, late slot of 10.40pm, with an audience under 45,000.

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