MAFS recap & ratings: Introverted and extroverted weddings in ep 5

• Married at First Sight returns tonight at 7:30pm on Nine and 9Now

The fifth episode of Nine‘s Married at First Sight featured the weddings of Aleks and Ivan, and Connie and Jonethen

27-year-old Connie is an aspiring marine biologist, described by the relationship experts as “very quirky, shy and introverted with a big brain”. 

When Connie told her mum she’ll be partaking in this year’s TV social experiment, her mum was in complete shock and replied: “I can’t stand that show.” 

The experts decided to match Connie with 27-year-old projects officer, Jonethen, who’s looking for someone who isn’t skin deep, and offers substance and intelligence. Perfect!

The two meet for the first time at their wedding ceremony where they wore their hearts on their sleeves and shared meaningful vows; although Connie’s ‘party pooper’ mum is still concerned with the whole thing.

Jonethen and Connie

Jonethen announced in a speech at the reception that his dad suffered a serious stroke and can’t be present. He then guided his speech towards his in-laws that made Connie’s mum have slightly more hope for their TV marriage.

Then we met European groom Ivan; a 30-year-old real estate agent who said himself he’s been described as ‘obnoxious and opinionated’ and I’m sure many MAFS viewers agreed with him.

The experts matched Ivan with fiery, Serbian 26-year-old real estate agent Aleks, who said she may be in her mid-twenties but should be married with 10 kids by now.

Aleks and Ivan

Both European, hot-headed, and working in the same field, you’d think it could go either incredibly well or the complete opposite. Ten minutes in, Ivan said he literally loves her when she said he can smoke a cigar, even though she thinks smoking is disgusting. Off to a strong start. 

Ivan’s mother spoke with Aleks and they realised they both share a love for singing, which ended up with the two performing a public duet that has Ivan experience an internal rage as he’s completely mortified. 

Ivan and Aleks, Ivan’s mother

After his TV tantrum about the performance, he said he was close to walking out. His new wife Aleks – whose parents did not attend the wedding – then said: “Let me tell you something right now, husband. Your parents are here. Count your blessings. I’ve been in tears every single day because my parents aren’t here. I’d love my mum to do that.”

The fiery couple consoled and headed off to bed. He comically walked into the bedroom in his tight, white underwear, and was ordered to return with a dressing gown on. I think I speak for everyone when I say we’re very interested to see where this couple goes.

MAFS ratings: Episode 5, 2020

Love those ratings: MAFS week two underway


No. 1 metro program with all key demos and Total People

No. 1 program with Total People in Sydney and Melbourne

Timeslot winner in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide

National peak audience: 1.815 million (Metro: 1.288 million / Regional: 527,000).

National average audience: 1.493 million (Metro: 1.091 million / Regional: 402,000).

National audiences:

Episode 1: 1,492,000 (Metro 1,154,000 Regional 338,000)

Episode 2: 1,412,000 (Metro 1,067,000 Regional 345,000)

Episode 3: 1,355,000 (Metro 1,014,000 Regional 341,000)

Episode 4: 1,345,000 (Metro 992,000 Regional 353,000)

Episode 5: 1,493,000 (Metro 1,091,000 Regional 402,000)

MAFS launch audiences (metro):

2015: 1,143,000

2016: 769,000 (First series that year)

2016: 769,000 (Second series that year)

2017: 826,000

2018: 914,000

2019: 1,006,000

2020: 1,154,000

Married at First Sight returns tonight at 7:30pm on Nine and 9Now.

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