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TV Ratings: Seven wins by less than a point

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

MKR

• Less than a point splits Seven and Nine: Primary and combined channel shares
• Nine’s Married At First Sight the Tuesday champ, winning its timeslot with 1.09m

It was the closest of races again last night with Seven victorious all people, but only just.

Seven’s primary channel was 0.2 of a point ahead of Nine, which is reminiscent of their battle on Tuesday of last week when the margin between the two was even closer and Nine won with a lead of just 0.1 of a point over Seven.

Nine was the dominant player along the east coast where it was over a point clear of Seven in each capital city. Nine was also the key player in the key demos where Married At First Sight is again doing the heavy lifting.

When it comes to combined channel share, Seven was also ahead, but less than a point ahead of Nine. GO! boasted the night’s biggest multichannel share with 3.5%.

Seven

Home and Away ranked third in the slot on 736,000 and was only 2,000 viewers away from fourth spot in Melbourne.

My Kitchen Rules had to be happy with second place again last night after 7.30pm with 1.04m, which was down over 150,000 week-on-week. Guest judges Colin and Darren gave a nine and a 10 for the main course of black pudding stuffed chicken, but the other courses were underwhelming.

800 Words followed with 639,000, down on 718,000 last week.

US dramas ended the night with Bones on 245,000 and a season final of Chicago Fire on 92,000.

Nine

A Current Affair did 836,000, up from 776,000 on Monday. The stories included an incredible report about house squatters on the Gold Coast.

Dinner party time on Married At First Sight with some couples making real progress. Others not so much. The twins took their partners for a home visit to meet their dad Paul, but not all home visits went so smoothly. The Tuesday episode was a timeslot winner all people and in the demos and its 1.09m was up on 1.06m a week ago.

On Travel Guides the tourists headed to Queenstown with 563,000 watching, close to last week’s 573,000. The cast heads to the desert next week.

Celebrity Apprentice did 190,000 with a finish around midnight.

TEN

The Project featured a story on surrogate parenting after 7pm with 540,000 watching.

I’m A Celebrity was down to 727,000 from 778,000 Monday night and down from 739,000 on Tuesday last week.

The NCIS franchise double followed with NCIS on 436,000 (467,000 last week) and NCIS: Los Angeles on 333,000 (303,000).

ABC

The final episode of the four-part Ice Wars screened to 393,000 and featured Jacqui Lambie‘s struggle to save her son Dylan from addiction.

SBS

Trains have returned to the Tuesday 7.30pm timeslot with a new season, the fifth, of Great Continental Railway Journeys. Last night the series featured episode one with Michael Portillo travelling from Transylvania to the Black Sea. The audience of 307,000 is bigger than anything the channel attracted last week.

Insight then had 234,000 watching.

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