TV Ratings: MKR holds top spot, only show over 1m

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

MKR's Karen and Ros

• Seven’s My Kitchen Rules holds top spot, only show over 1m midweek
• Nine’s Married and TEN’s Celebrity both just over 800,000
• ABC’s Home Delivery and The Weekly return with each close to 600,000

My Kitchen Rules maintained a lead last night as did Seven. The network’s primary channel has edged lower each night however, with 23.2% its lowest this week. That still put Seven close to five points ahead of Nine on 18.3%.

Seven also had a clear lead in combined channel share on 30.2%.

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My Kitchen Rules, Monday 1,309,000
My Kitchen Rules, Tuesday 1,193,000
My Kitchen Rules, Wednesday 1,113,000

Married At First Sight, Monday 820,000
Married At First Sight, Tuesday 927,000
Married At First Sight, Wednesday 824,000

I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!, Sunday 1,090,000/966,000
I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!, Monday 958,000
I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!, Tuesday 824,000
I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!, Wednesday 807,000


Not a lot separated Home and Away from ABC News and A Current Affair. The soap, which sees Irene’s son portrayed by Kristian Schmid, returns this week. Home and Away ranked #2 in the slot, just behind ABC News and just ahead of Home and Away.

No breakout brilliant cooks, yet, on My Kitchen Rules. The show did 1.11m to easily lead last night as the midwives Karen and Ros from Victoria became the new leaders in the first round of instant restaurants. Their best dishes were the entrée of ricotta gnocchi, sage & walnut sauce with blue cheese (8/10 from both judges) and the dessert of spiced pavlova and roasted fruits (7/10 both judges). The show will be back on Sunday night from Perth. The numbers are well down year-on-year – the first three episodes of 2016 were all over 1.5m.

The movie Fifty Shades of Grey screened after 9pm to 475,000 which wasn’t a bad average for an 11.45pm end time.

MKR leaderboard after episode 3


A Current Affair again trailed the ABC and Seven in the timeslot. Stories included refugee resettlement and department store wars.

Married At First Sight dropped back last night close to its opening night numbers. Seeing the couple meet for the first time at the altar is one of the highlights, with one bride and groom having very different opinions last night of their respective partners. “There is no physical attraction,” said bride Alene last night of her groom Simon.

Nine’s movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding did 321,000 after 9pm.


The channel got plenty of content from Tziporah Malkah (FKA Kate Fischer) with an interview with Carrie Bickmore on The Project (643,000 after 7pm) and then on I’m A Celebrity. The show in the jungle is also getting great content from breakout star Steve Price and also Nazeem Hussein. The midweek episode did 807,000 which was up 100,000 on the first Wednesday episode last year.

The TEN movie Taken 3 did 367,000.


ABC News did 769,000 followed Stan Grant interviewing Malcolm Turnbull on 7.30 with 575,000 watching.

Sam Neill was the first guest on the new season of Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery with 616,000.

The Weekly with Charlie Pickering was also back last night with 586,000. Guests on the first episode included George Miller.

Also returning was a new season of Adam Hills: The Last Leg with 314,000 checking out the first episode which featured guest David Tennant.


Tony Robinson Down Under looked a little familiar and is perhaps a repackage or rebrand of a previous series. It was the channel’s best with 269,000 at 7.30pm.

The final of Shaun Micallef’s Stairway to Heaven did 243,000.

After 9.30pm Vikings was on 186,000.

SBS Viceland had a good night, yet it was not the edgy Viceland content that pulled the biggest audience, but the 1980 movie Blue Lagoon which did 67,000 after 9.30pm.

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