TV Ratings February 19, 2023: John Aiken pulls off a Married At First Sight first

married at first sight

Vera lights up ABC with a nautical episode

• The Joker laughs for the last time on Australian Survivor
• Australian Idol scores a Touchdown

Total TV Ratings, February 12

It was the first Married At First Sight commitment ceremony on Nine, with 1,917,000 joining the couples on the couch to face a grilling from the experts – lifting 57% and making it the top show of the night overall. 

The ABC’s Death In Paradise wasn’t far behind, lifting 19% for a total TV audience of 1,060,000.

It was a particularly messy Tribal Council on 10’s Australian Survivor, lifting 43% with 917,000 watching as several different schemes collided, ultimately sending Fraser home from the Villains tribe. 

Up 23%, the final Top 50 tickets were given out on Australian Idol, with 857,000 watching as the auditions wrapped up for 2023.

Overnight TV Ratings, February 19

Primetime News
Seven News 787,000
Nine News 661,000
ABC News 578,000
10 News First 208,000 (5:00pm)/ 135,000 (6:00pm)
SBS World News 128,000 (6:30pm)/ 102,000 (7:00pm)

Daily Current Affairs
The Project 179,000 (6:30 pm)/ 242,000 (7pm)
60 Minutes 479,000

Breakfast TV
Sunrise 191,000
Today 149,000
News Breakfast 139,000

Nine has won the night with a primary share of 25.8% and a network share of 32.5%. 10 Bold topped multichannels with a 3.2% share.

Nine’s Married At First Sight saw expert John Aiken do something he’d never done before. Usually, commitment ceremonies require both members of a couple opting to leave before they’re allowed out of the experiment, staying for another week if just one of them wants to stay. Last night, 961,000 watched as Aiken allowed Josh to make the sole call on whether to leave or stay, after it became clear that he was suffering in a controlling and unworkable marriage to Melissa. Josh ultimately opted to leave. 60 Minutes then covered the dramatic spike in the number of silicosis patients who were working with engineered stone, with 479,000 tuning in.

Sunday’s Drama night on the ABC continues to draw big numbers. Death In Paradise saw 569,000 pull their detective caps on, before Vera took 643,000 to a remote lighthouse where a body had been discovered lashed to a sailboat.

On Seven, The Touchdown was brought back into play on Australian Idol, as the Top 24 was whittled down to the Top 12 to go through to the live shows. 441,000 tuned in as Amy Shark used her Touchdown to send Victorian Anya Hynninen’s through after her blues spin on Tina Turner’s The Best. The music then continued with 184,000 watching a repeat of Kylie vs Bee Gees. 

On 10, The Project (179,000 6:30pm / 242,000 7pm) looked ahead to the one year anniversary since Russia invaded Ukraine later this week, and interviewed Bear Grylls. On Australian Survivor, 488,000 yelled at their screens telling Jordie to play his Idol. Unfortunately for the resident Joker, the original Heroes came together at Tribal Council, sending him home. After speaking to The Project earlier in the night, War Zone: Bear Grylls Meets President Zelenskyy brought in 184,000 viewers.

The highest rating non-news show on SBS was Ancient Egypt by Train with 119,000 viewers.

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