TV Ratings March 28: Seven #1 as MKR reasserts itself

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


• My Kitchen Rules reasserting itself in week 13 with another timeslot win
• Seven keeps top spot with help from super chef Gordon Ramsay!
• Nine’s Married At First Sight holds over 1m with two episodes left

Seven’s primary share of 23.4% has given it a full week at #1, and equalled its number last Tuesday. The network was also a winner in combined channel share.

Nine was just over three points behind with Married At First Sight trailing MKR in all metro markets. Travel Guides pulled back share later in the night though where it again won its timeslot.


Home and Away dropped from 792,000 on Monday to 757,000 on Tuesday.

It was the first of the “super” dinner parties on My Kitchen Rules with mother and daughter Valerie and Courtney offering their guests an Indian experience. They scored well with an overall 99 from a possible 130. Manu gave the main course a 10 while Pete gave their entrée a nine.

Amy and Tyson are on duty tonight, although Josh could be the main event with another insult that will shock. Kyle Sandilands surprised Josh this morning asking how big his penis was. “I think I have already shocked enough,” was Josh’s reply as he declined to answer.

The Tuesday MKR episode was on 1.23m, up on 1.11m last week.

With 800 Words out of the schedule, Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares got an earlier slot with 483,000 watching.


A Current Affair devoted the program to coverage of Cyclone Debbie with interviews on location in North Queensland. The episode ended with a note that ACA viewers had contributed close to $90,000 to the two families facing financial challenges after the Bourke Street Mall incident in January. The Tuesday audience was 836,000, down just 10,000 on the Monday number.

On Married At First Sight it was almost the penultimate episode for 2017, which covered crumbling marriages and long-distance relationships. The finale episode will air on the first night of the final week of survey before the Easter ratings break. However, there will be a final reunion episode to screen on the Monday night. The show’s final Tuesday for 2017 did 1.03m, down from 1.19m a week ago. It was also the smallest Tuesday audience for the series – in its two weeks the audiences were just over 900,000.

Travel Guides again sent their tourists domestic with a trip to the Gold Coast with 671,000 watching, down only just from 685,000 last week.


Cyclone Debbie updates and a live cross to Grant Denyer in hospital were the main stories on The Project. The program also screened the Denyer crash vision from the onboard camera in the car, which was frightening. The show again pulled the channel’s biggest audience for the night – 522,000.

NCIS was next best with 407,000, up from 372,000 last week. NCIS: Los Angeles then did 388,000.

The Biggest Loser: Transformed was just outside the top 30 and fifth in the timeslot with 275,000.


Five consecutive Tuesdays in single figures now.

ABC News (789,000) and 7.30 (390,000) were the only shows in the top 20.

Todd Sampson’s Life On The Line saw a bullet fired at him under water. An audience of 281,000 tuned in after the series launched with 318,000 a week ago. (Spoiler for those who didn’t watch – he lived.)

The Indian Dream Hotel on Tour was in Japan with 320,000 watching.

The ABC will be hoping for an Easter ratings miracle next Tuesday with the start of Stargazing Live on Tuesday.


Great Continental Railways Journeys continued its stunning trip and should still be the channel’s #1 for the week with 333,000 last night as Michael Portillo travelled by train, and boat, between Russia and Finland.

Insight then did 210,000 with an episode on making a family business work.

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