TV Ratings February 22: MAFS big return as Holey Moley crowns a winner

• Amazing Race over 500k as teams get to Adealide

• Married at First Sight dominates Monday night with the first two weddings
• MAFS down year on year but winning share results for Nine
• A golf between MAFS and Holey Moley as Seven’s tentpole wraps up with GF

Primetime News
Seven News 948,000 (6 pm)/910,000 (6:30 pm)
Nine News is 937,000 (6 pm)/910,000 (6:30 pm)
ABC News 691,000
10 News First 311,000(5 pm)/210,000 (6pm)
SBS World News 190,000 (6:30 pm)/143,000 (7 pm)

Daily current affairs
A Current Affair 702,000
7:30 649,000
The Project 271,000 (6:30 pm)/458,000 (7 pm)
The Drum 137,000 

Breakfast TV
Sunrise 265,000
Today 186,000
News Breakfast 168,000

Late Night News
The Latest 135,000
ABC Late News 76,000
World News Late 47,000

Nine has won its 15th night in a row after putting down its tennis racquet and catching its bouquet with the launch of its major 7:30 pm franchise Married at First Sight.

The debut episode of MAFS powered the broadcaster to a 25.2% primary share and a 32.3% network share which was by far the best results for the night.

964,000 tuned in to the first episode that featured a hens party and bucks night before a self-confessed ‘sasshole’ walked down the aisle in one of two weddings. The show was also #1 in all key demos.

“We are thrilled to see Australia once again fall in love with Married At First Sight,” said Nine’s program director Hamish Turner. “The successful Australian Open and now the launch of MAFS has given Nine the best start with Total People and 16-39s in more than a decade and our second best start with people 25-54s. We expect that the audience will again build across both linear TV and 9Now as Australia follows the journey of the experiment’s participants.”  

Despite the strong ratings, this is down on last years result which had 1.154m for the show’s first episode. This is the first time since 2016 that the show was down year on year and the lowest audience since 2018.

Previous launch audiences metro:
2015: 1,143,000
2016: 769,000 (First series that year)
2016: 769,000 (Second series)
2017: 826,000
2018: 914,000
2019: 1,006,000
2020: 1,154,000
2021: 964,000

The post-Australian Open return of A Current Affair had a strong result of 702,000 and featured an interview with Mark “Bomber” Thompson who revealed that the forgiveness of his son was a crucial turning point as he sought to rebuild his life following his drug conviction.

Seven concluded the first season of Holey Moley last night in front of 491,000 viewers, this comes after the show’s launch earlier this month with 983,000.

In the grand final garbo Mark Duncan was crowned Australia’s first Holey Moley champion, bagging $100,000 in prize money.

Greg Norman’s top-secret final hole, The Tomb of Nefer-Tee-Tee, was the final hurdle where Mark would compete against pro-golfer, Montana Strauss and drone-pilot, Jayden Lawson.

Each player had to putt through the sphinx onto the rotating pyramids and then onto the green with a 100-ft shot at a hole-in-one. Trading shots, Montana had three very near misses, Jayden came close on his putts, but in the third round Mark hit an outstanding putt which saw his ball sink the hole and win him the $100,000.

Holey Moley winner

Mark was dazed by his win. “I cannot believe it!” he told Sonia Kruger before sharing the prize money would be spent on his family, a new car and some golf clubs.

Read more: Holey Moley Grand Final: Garbo Mark Duncan wins $100,000

On 10 The Amazing Race Australia 508,000 viewers watched as the teams were taken to Adelaide, the episode was slightly down on last weeks 546,000.

The teams tested their endurance and singing skills, while the two Stowaway teams presented a united front with Adelaide locals MJ and Chelsea winning the First Class Pass. Chris and Aleisha were given a Sabotage, while The Cowboys were given a Salvage in the next leg of the Race.

Beau Ryan with MJ and Chelsea

The Project had 271,000 and 458,000 viewers as the panel discussed the royal commission into the Crown Casino empire, and spoke with Tash Sultanaa.

10 Bold was the #1 multichannel with 4.2% thanks to repeats of NCIS.

ABC’s current affairs line up once again performed strongly led by 7:30 with Laura Tingle reporting on Brittany Higgins which had 649,000 tune in. This was followed by Australian Story (577,000), Four Corners (442,000), and Media Watch (419,000). Afterwards, the fourth episode of The Pacific: In the Wake of Captain Cook with Sam Neill had 288,000.

On SBS the top rating shows were The Architecture that Railways Built with 148,000 and 24 Hours in Emergency with 144,000.

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