TV Ratings Feb 28: Nine and Seven swap leadership this week

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

• Nine and Seven swap leadership this week: Nine’s turn at #1 last night
• Married At First Sight dinner party always a fave – 1.31m Wednesday
• My Kitchen Rules had first location challenge with episode just under 1m


After 688,000 on Monday and then 697,000 on Tuesday, Home and Away was down a little to 624,000.

On My Kitchen Rules the group 1 teams were tasked with serving high tea at one of Australia’s iconic hotels – the Hydro Majestic in the Blue Mountains – in the first location challenge. Teams had 90 minutes to prep and cook sweet and savoury dishes, preparing enough serves for 60 guests. The team with the weakest dish, as selected by judges Pete and Colin, finds itself in Elimination House next, fighting for survival against the bottom team from Group 2. The midweek episode of MKR was just under 1m, yet still the #2 show on TV last night.

Day one coverage of the Australian Swimming Championships followed from the Gold Coast with Basil Zempilas leading the Seven team for an audience of 313,000.


Nine was the leader in primary channel and combined channel share on Wednesday.

A Current Affair spoke with TV legend Cornelia Frances as she battles cancer and then asked if the launch of Amazon down under had been a fizzer. The midweek episode did 825,000.

It was dinner party time on Married At First Sight with a bumper crowd again tuning in – 1.31m.

A new episode of 20 To One followed with 593,000, a big jump from 435,000 a week ago.


The Project featured singers Kirin J Callinan and then Calum Scott last night with 497,000 watching after 7pm.

I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! ended with another Steve Price interview – this time with former AFL footballer Josh Gibson. The episode just made it over 600,000.

This Is Us then did 285,000.


Hard Quiz had a battle between experts at the different end of the musical spectrum – Led Zeppelin and One Direction. The 1D expert controversially exited early while the Zepp fan won the night. The audience was 527,000 after the series launch on 550,000 last week.

Mad As Hell then did 561,000 followed by Squinters on 343,000.


Great Continental Railway Journeys was travelling between Vienna and Trieste, which is truly a great journey. The three Michael Portillo-hosted programs were the channel’s three most-watched shows last week and it could happen again this week with 271,000 last night.

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