TV Rating March 11: MAFS 1.3m as the brides homestays start

• Seven and Nine 6pm Monday News bulletins both over 1m metro

Monday: Week 11 2019

• Married audience back over 1.3m as the brides homestays start
• A Current Affair pushes over 920,000 as reporter cops a coffee

• Seven News 1,008,000/959,000
• Nine News 999,000/1,041,000
• A Current Affair 927,000
• ABC News 729,000
• 7.30 620,000
• The Project 258,000/469,000
• 10 News First 439,000
• SBS World News 126,000

Breakfast TV

• Sunrise 266,000
• Today 163,000


Home And Away had an average audience of 572,000 last week. The show has started a new week on 636,000 with some small white pills changing hands in a car park on last night’s episode.

My Kitchen Rules featured a passionate elimination battle between friends and family that turned into a kitchen nightmare for Amanda & Blake who left the competition. The episode was on 761,000 after 708,000 a week ago.

Instant Hotel fell short of 300,000 a week ago – 292,000 – while last night it did too with 280,000.


A Current Affair tracked down developer “Wild” Bill Gertos with reporter Steve Marshall confronting him getting and then getting Wild Bill’s “lukewarm latte” tipped on him. Later in the program ACA profiled croc owner Vicky Lowing who wants to keep her pets at home.

After a week 10 average of 733,000, week 11 has started on 927,000, its biggest audience of the year.

On Married At First Sight it was time for the brides homestays. Some if the in-laws and families were more receptive than others to the new partners. The episode secured another bumper Monday crowd, the biggest Monday this season, with 1.36m after 1.28m a week ago.

Bad Mothers then dropped to just under 500,000 after 513,000 a week ago. The consolidated 7 ratings added an extra 112,000 taking that overnight audience to over 600,000.


If The Project is on, pick any night, it’s comedy night. Stephen K Amos had the prestigious final guest spot last night and he told his tale of meeting The Pope. After 10 years of regular visits to Australia and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, he revealed he might be giving Australian audiences a break for a couple of years as he wants to concentrate on projects elsewhere. The program started the week on 469,000 at 7pm after a week 10 average of 376,000.

The channel revealed that it is moving The Sunday Project to 6-7pm, perhaps just for one weekend. That means Sunday Night Takeaway will start at the same time, 7pm, as both Married At First Sight and My Kitchen Rules.

Dancing With The Stars said goodbye to Cassandra Thorburn who was again at the bottom of the leader board. Highest scores last night went to Courtney Act with 24 and Olympia Valance with 26.

The audience voted too – 526,000 for the elimination and 484,000 for the remainder of the episode.


Laura Tingle gave her opinion on the latest NewsPoll results last night on 7.30. The episode was on 620,000 after a week 10 average audience of 572,000. There was also a story of about British citizens in Australia behind denied their pension. Guests quizzed about the retirement funding freeze included Australian/British actor Miriam Margolyes.

Australian Story spoke with survivors of one of the world’s worst pharmaceutical disasters who are seeking justice. The episode did 551,000 after 648,000 watched with Mike Willesee repeat a week ago.

Four Corners reported on the plight of Princess Lafita as she attempts to escape Dubai, with 605,000 watching. That was also down significantly on last week’s Cardinal Pell episodes that did 797,000.

Media Watch featured items on 60 Minutes and coverage of Scott Morrison with 585,000 watching after 722,000 last week which pushed the program into the top 20 programs week 10.

Q&A was hosted by Annabel Crabb with guests on a Women in Leadership special episode where the guests included Senator Sarah Hanson-Young and Nicole Livingstone. The audience was 393,000 after 526,000 last week.


The Kennedys followed SBS World News with 185,000.

Michael Mosley: Trust Me I’m A Doctor then did 164,000 followed by 24 Hours In Emergency on 162,000.

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