TV Ratings February 21, 2023: Cheating scandal fallout continues on MAFS


Fake Idol paints a target on one Survivor castaway

• Australian Idol finds its Top 12

Total TV Ratings, February 14

Topping the night overall, Married At First Sight (MAFS) was up 66% as 1,658,000 watched Shannon try to tell Caitlin that the reason he’d been in contact with his ex was that he didn’t find Caitlin attractive enough.

On Australian Survivor, Jordie won a video call home to his pregnant fiancée, Sam Frost, and George won an invitation to a Survivor party. Lifting 62%, 928,000 watched as Paige was sent home. 

Up 25%, 836,000 watched as rugby player Noah Cookson made his big city debut on Australian Idol with Forever Young by Youth Group, before passing out on stage when receiving his feedback.

Overnight TV Ratings, February 21

Primetime News
Seven News 886,000 (6:00pm) / 838,000 (6:30pm)
Nine News 734,000 (6:00pm) / 752,000 (6:30pm)
ABC News 537,000
10 News First 226,000 (5:00pm)/ 166,000 (6:00pm)
SBS World News 132,000 (6:30pm)/ 118,000 (7:00pm)

Daily Current Affairs
A Current Affair 666,000
7.30 430,000
The Project 175,000 (6:30 pm)/ 290,000 (7pm)

Breakfast TV
Sunrise 216,000
Today 191,000
News Breakfast 152,000

Nine has won the night with a primary share of 26.0% and a network share of 33.7%. The biggest multichannel share was ABC Kids / ABC TV Plus with 3.2%.

Nine’s A Current Affair gave 666,000 an update on a convicted rapist who is still allowed to use social media, and tracked down an accused ‘wedding freeloader.’ Married At First Sight (MAFS) picked up where the last episode left off, with Claire telling Jesse that she kissed Adam. 872,000 watched as the fallout resulted in Adam’s wife Janelle telling him to move out of their shared apartment. A WorldPride edition of The Hundred with Andy Lee then took the pulse of the nation for 387,000.

Home and Away kicked off primetime for Seven, with 488,000 watching Alf’s feud with John go public. Australian Idol finally found its Top 12, as 423,000 watched the final night of Top 24 week. Eight contestants held their nerves to take one of four final places up for grabs, with Harry Conick Jr. giving his Touchdown to 15-year-old Angelina Curtis after her performance of The Only Exception by Paramore.

10’s The Project (175,000 6:30pm / 290,000 7pm) took a look behind the sky-rocketing power bills, and interviewed Izzy and Kerry Silbery of Gogglebox fame about how family matriarch Emmie is doing after a dementia diagnosis. The fake idol fallout on Australian Survivor continued, with Simon quickly becoming public enemy #1. After a memory game in the immunity challenge, 467,000 watched as nobody was sent home from Tribal Council – much to Simon’s relief – with mutinous Liz turning on the Villains to re-join the Spice Girls. 

On the ABC, 7.30 covered the Dugald River mine tragedy and told 430,000 about the increasing scrutiny that TikTok is under in Australia. Better Date Than Never then saw its love-seekers scrub up in front of 233,000. A repeat of David Attenborough’s Extinction: The Facts then drew a crowd of 167,000.

The highest rating non-news show on SBS was Insight which asked 107,000 whether we have the right to say what we want, even if it offends others.

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