TV Ratings February 16: Fire Fight Australia climbs to over 1m after MAFS ends

• Nine reality juggernaut still tops rankings with 1.10m

• Seven beats Nine with Queen, Bublé & Australia’s finest
• Fire Fight Australia climbs to over 1m after MAFS ends
• Nine reality juggernaut still tops rankings with 1.10m
• 10 caught in the Sunday crossfire as Dancing falls over

The first commitment ceremony on Married At First Sight didn’t lead Nine to victory for the first time since it launched two weeks ago. However the show did win its timeslot with just over 1.1m.

60 Minutes held up well later in the night with close to 800,000, although it trailed the benefit concert audience on Nine. A late doco on Jeffrey Epstein did 267,000.

Seven’s one-off bushfire benefit concert was a ratings winner with the channel’s primary share over 30%. Fire Fight Australia started to generate serious TV numbers from when it started on Sunday afternoon. After 1pm the first part of the day at the Sydney stadium started with 543,000 and then later rose to 828,000. When Seven News screened from 6pm to 979,000 the concert moved to 7TWO where 284,000 continued watching where the treats included Alice Cooper.

After 7pm and back on the primary channel the artists included Amy Shark, Queen + Adam Lambert and Michael Bublé. The audience started at 953,000 in primetime and then grew to 1.006m later in the night with some of the MAFS audience making the switch and swelling the numbers until the climax with John Farnham, Olivia Newton-John and friends.

10 was caught in the crossfire between two massive Sunday programs and its primary share dropped to 7.2%. Dancing with the Stars found it difficult to find a crowd with 348,000 watching. If you are going to lose audience, it may as well be to a good cause like Fire Fight Australia.

Elsewhere on 10 The Sunday Project was on 280,000 after 7pm.

ABC News did 665,000 which turned into 510,000 for Grand Designs.

After 8.30pm Midsomer Murders did 491,000.

At SBS the 6.30pm World News had the biggest audience with 148,000. A repeat of Australia in Colour later did 131,000.

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