TV Ratings March 7: Nine’s schedule secures midweek #1 in primary and combined shares

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

• Nine’s Married At First Sight locked on first place: Dinner party delights
• Seven’s My Kitchen Rules and Manu’s Road Trip trail the competition
• The end coming quickly for I’m A Celebrity… just five left in jungle
• SBS midweek launches: Safe Harbour and The Good Fight S2


Home and Away started the week on 648,000, went to 682,000 Tuesday and was on 642,000 last night.

Lawn bowls and a barbecue were key to last night’s My Kitchen Rules. Harbord bowls club was the location for MKR as Alex and Emily were the people’s choice while judges Pete and Colin chose Josh and Nic’s dish as the weakest. That means they will have to face Matt and Aly in a sudden-death cook-off at elimination house. The Wednesday episode did 977,000 after 981,000 a week ago.

Manu followed his MKR colleagues, returning with a new travel show – this time a road trip across the southern states of the USA. The launch episode did 484,000, trailing Nine’s 20 To One.


So far this week A Current Affair has been in the high 800,000s. Credit card fraud, bullying and the food delivery boom featured on the midweek episode with 886,000 watching.

It was dinner party time again on Married At First Sight. The show continues to post strong numbers as this season’s cast deliver big time – last night was 1.26m after 1.31m on Wednesday last week.

20 To One then did 563,000 winning its timeslot, followed by Botched on 288,000.


George Ezra and Troy Sivan were among the guests on The Project 7pm with 460,000 watching.

Peter Rowsthorn was the latest I’m A Celebrity eviction on what has been a very busy week. The episode, again split into two parts to measure the audience, did 528,000, which grew to 568,000 for the eviction. There are just five celebrities left in the jungle ahead of the final episodes on Sunday and Monday.

The fourth episode from the second season of This Is Us was on 266,000 after 264,000 last week.


A Farnham fanboy called Kevin was amongst the competitors on Hard Quiz with 534,000 watching after 525,000 a week ago.

Shaun Micaleff’s Mad As Hell had an audience of 563,000, up close to 10,000 week-on-week.

After 9pm the lineup was Squinters (387,000), Adam Hills: The Last Leg (220,000) and the primary channel encore of Tonightly (103,000).


Michael Portillo’s midweek primetime outing was on 270,000 as he navigated the trains between Pisa and Lake Garda. Portillo hosted three of the channel’s top four programs last week.

Episode one of Safe Harbour is the channel’s first big drama commission for 2016 and it had a launch audience of 167,000.

Series two of The Good Fight then returned with 99,000.


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