TV Ratings Feb 13: Winter Olympics continue to keep audiences up late

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

• Week 1 trend: Married biggest metro/demos, Seven securing biggest shares
• Winter Olympics continue to keep audiences up late with 900,000+

Combined channel share was close to 40% again for Seven as it continues to post winning figures in the first week of survey.


A surprise romance started last night on Home and Away with 677,000 watching after 707,000 on Monday.

Truffle farmer Henry and his sister invited the judges and the rest of My Kitchen Rules group 2 to their farm in Tasmania. They were almost in record territory until an apple and pear crumble dessert let them down a little. They did manage a good score of 107 out of 130 though, thanks in no small part to the 20 out of 20 for their whipped brie with truffle and eschalots with Manu adding it was his favourite dish ever in nine seasons of the show. The episode was on 1.02m, again narrowly trailing Married At First Sight.

It was already night four from Pyeongchang with a Winter Olympics audience of 914,000.


Magistrate Tony Parsons and his drug court featured on A Current Affair with 778,000 after a big 877,000 on Monday.

A shock split that no-one saw coming on Married At First Sight. Really? Except perhaps the people who think none of these couples will stay together for long. After 903,000 on Tuesday last week, last night’s episode was on 1.05m to rank #1 all people and in key demos.

Date Night followed with Aussie singles trying to get their friends to swipe right. The quick half hour did 529,000 on debut.

Episode 3 of season 2 of the UK’s  One Night With My Ex then did 229,000.


It has been revealed that Lisa Wilkinson’s secret international assignment last week was to interview Celine Dion in Las Vegas ahead of her Australian tour. The interview could bring a much-needed lift to the Sunday episode of The Project this weekend. Meanwhile Tuesday featured Pete Helliar’s new segment Pollie Waffle and earlier the program featured the return of Courtney Act and did 482,000 after 7pm.

First full day in camp in South Africa for royal intruders Paul and Vicky on I’m A Celebrity. After 627,000 a week ago, last night the show pulled 526,000.

A fun episode of Hughesy, We Have A Problem featured Merrick Watts, Kate Langbroek, Sam Simmons and Anne Edmonds. Last night it did 450,000 after 512,000 a week ago.


The Checkout was investigating Ticketek and how it was virtually impossible to get them on the phone… even at 2am. The show had much better luck reaching out on social media. The episode also featured rip-off power prices and attracted 494,000 after 521,000 a week ago.

“Back to the Moon” was the name of the Catalyst episode with 364,000 watching.


Who Do You Think You Are? featured the wife of Rupert MurdochJerry Hall. The episode did 156,000.

Insight and then Dateline returned. The former had 217,000 watching an episode about surprise pregnancy, while the latter did 201,000 with a look at how online dating is transforming an old Viking settlement.

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