TV Ratings February 18: MAFS over 1M again + Survivor has best night of 2020

• Australian Survivor gets the shows biggest audience of the season

• Married at First Sight continues intimacy week with another 1m+ audience
• MKR: The Rivals under 500k but improves on last week
• Australian Survivor gets the shows biggest audience of the season

MAFS ratings are love at first sight for Nine as it continues to be a consistent winner in the 7:30 pm time slot with 1,005,000 viewers continuing its streak of 1m plus audiences since the seasons premiere in January. MAFS isn’t the only winner for Nine with Paramedics also winning its timeslot with 627,000, and A Current Affair also providing a strong 769,000.

These solid numbers helped Nine have another nightly win with the top primary share of 24.3% and the top network share of 30.1% as it topped all key demos & total people. This continues a good trend for the network as it has won the primary and network shares every night that it has aired MAFS, besides on Sunday when Seven aired The Fire Fight Australia bushfire relief concert. 

Seven had the second best primary channel (16.1%) and network share (24.5%) on Tuesday night with 951,000 people tuning in for its news bulletin, while the most watched non-news show was Home and Away with 575,000.

MKR: The Rivals continues to try and find a place with fans in the 7:30 pm time slot with 461,000 viewers tuning in last night which is a slight increase on its 455,000 from last Tuesday but a decline on the 501,000 that watched the show on Monday night once again dipping under the 500k threshold. The long running cooking show fell 169,000 viewers behind Australian Survivor: All Stars last night as it continues to lag in the battle for 7:30 pm.

Speaking of Australian Survivor, the reality TV series had its best numbers of the year for Network 10 last night with 630,000 tuning in for the major twist of a double tribe vote followed by a fire challenge which saw Olympic Gold Medalist Lydia go home, and Phoebe receiving a second chance. The episode received a lead-in of 449,000 from The Project.

The ABC and SBS continued the unofficial Tuesday night train night with both channels seeing success with their locomotive centric shows. The ABC’s top non-news show of the evening was Griff’s Great Australian Rail Trip with 489,000, while SBS’s most watched program was Great Australian Railway Journey’s which had 373,000 viewers. 

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