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TV Ratings March 19: Nine wins third successive Sunday with Married

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

• Married At First Sight and Nine start another week as Sunday winners 
• Seven’s My Kitchen Rules preparing for its own “Super” dinner parties
• TEN’s new US drama Bull makes top 10, as TBL: Transformed falls again

Nine has ranked as the #1 primary channel all people and in the key demos for a third successive Sunday. Riding the ratings wave was Married At First Sight, which set another season high with 1.19m as it gets set for what could be a third week with the biggest TV audience.

Nine also managed the biggest combined channel audience with Go! on 3.7%.

Seven had both its News and My Kitchen Rules over the 1m mark as My Kitchen Rules announces it will be trying a tactic that has been working a treat for Married At First Sight – dinner parties. MKR home restaurants are in effect dinner parties, with Seven branding some upcoming episodes “Super dinner parties”.

TEN’s week started with its equal-lowest Sunday share since April 2016 as The Biggest Loser: Transformed just made it over 300,000. The channel’s best was its new US drama Bull.

Seven

Seven News Sunday led by just 1,000 ahead of Nine News Sunday last week, but last night the margin was a little more comfortable as Seven led by 35,000.

My Kitchen Rules was back aboard a cruise liner as Kelsey and Amanda became the latest couple to depart. The Sunday episode did 1.02m, which was up on 961,000 form Sunday last week.

Seven’s Sunday Night promoted its Melissa George exclusive heavily most of last week and the episode had 727,000 viewers, down from last week’s Royal Event, which did 858,000. Last night Sunday Night outrated 60 Minutes, but trailed Vera.

Two episodes of The Blacklist then did 284,000 and 185,000.

Nine

Married At First Sight continues to be the ratings champ with a new season high last night – 1.19m. Another episode means another dinner party and the audience is loving it. Anthony and Nadia continue to star although all couples are contributing. Episode 22 was called the “final dinner party” – should we believe them?

Nine’s 60 Minutes then did 673,000, which thanks to the help of the lead-in, was up from 646,000 last week, but it was still third in the timeslot.

Lethal Weapon then did 357,000 after 246,000 a week ago.

TEN

After nearly one week on air, the gamble to run another season of The Biggest Loser has yet to pay dividends. Unless the numbers recover for the revised Transformed format TEN might be looking for something extra to boost their early evening or might even consider moving MasterChef forward a few weeks.

Bull was the channel’s best as the US drama landed in the top 10 with 363,000.

Also above 300,000 were TEN Eyewitness News Sunday and Bondi Rescue.

Just making it over 300,000 was the first Sunday episode of The Biggest Loser: Transformed.

ABC

Vera was the channel’s ratings champ with 851,000 which ranked #1 in the timeslot.

Look at the key demos though and Vera slips well down the list where it is outperformed 25-54 by SundayNight, 60 Minutes and Bull.

Also in the top 20 all people for ABC were ABC News and Grand Designs. Landline from earlier in the day made the top 20 with 271,000.

SBS

The doco Building Chernobyl’s Mega Tomb and a repeat of Rome: What Lies Beneath were the channel’s best, both close to 190,000.

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