TV Ratings February 24: The Cube has strong debut with over 500k

the cube

• Nine wins 17th night in a row as MAFS continues wedding week

• Battle of the game shows begins as Hard Quiz edges out The Cube

Primetime News
Seven News 934,000 (6 pm)/875,000 (6:30 pm)
Nine News is 858,000 (6 pm)/857,000 (6:30 pm)
ABC News 654,000
10 News First 299,000(5 pm)/207,000 (6pm)
SBS World News 154,000 (6:30 pm)/143,000 (7 pm)

Daily current affairs
A Current Affair 676,000
7:30 536,000
The Project 269,000 (6:30 pm)/464,000 (7 pm)
The Drum 146,000 

Breakfast TV
Sunrise 232,000
Today 191,000
News Breakfast 201,000

Late Night News
The Latest 108,000
Nine News Late Edition 51,000
ABC Late News 60,000

Nine has continued its hot start to the year winning its 17th night in a row thanks to the continued popularity of Married at First Sight. Nine had a primary share of 24.7% and a network share of 33.1% which was almost 10 points clear of its closet competition, and also was #1 in all key demos.

While the 891,000 that watched MAFS last night was down on Tuesday night’s 992,000 it was still easily the most-watched non-news program of the night. Two more couples walked down the aisle in Jo and James and Alana and Jason, while the show also checked in on three of the couple’s honeymoons.

Alana and Jason

MAFS was followed by the first episode of the new The Equalizer TV series which had 352,000.

Seven’s top show last night was Home and Away with 489,000 which was followed in the 7:30 slot by Ambulance: Code Red (255,000) and then a double episode of The Bay (202,000 and 171,000). 

10 launched its new game show format last night in The Cube Australia, hosted by Andy Lee. The first episode of The Cube had 567,000 viewers tune in as the inaugural team of contestants went home with $50k.

Despite strong ratings, The Cube was held off by its game show rival Hard Quiz which secured a narrow victory with 584,000 viewers when it aired at 8 pm on ABC.

ABC’s comedy line-up continued after Hard Quiz with The Weekly with Charlie Pickering having 474,000 followed by Aftertaste with 290,000 which was down on last Wednesday’s 314,000.

The top show on SBS was a repeat of Britain’s Most Historic Towns with 235,000.

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