TV Ratings March 12, 2023: MAFS storm out wins Sunday for Nine


ABC’s Death In Paradise and Vera both crack 1m in Total TV

• George proves he’s the Survivor king, taking down Hayley
• Coldplay song sends Australian Idol’s Josh through to top six

Total TV Ratings, March 5

Married At First Sight (MAFS) took to the couch for the commitment ceremony, and the big point of discussion was the pocket dial that had been dominating the week. up 56%, 2,010,000 watched as Dan declared that “The ocean is calling me and I have to go home,” marking his and Sandy’s departure from the experiment.

Lifting 41%, the ABC’s Vera took to the case in front of 1,351,000 after a young police officer was found dead floating in a park lake. Death In Paradise followed, up 18% for a total audience of 1,042,000.

A plot to take down George on Australian Survivor backfired, with 959,000 watching as Tribal Council saw Nina and Shaun play their idols, sending Sam home, up 40%.

849,000 watched as Noora’s Australian Idol performance of The Voice Within by Christina Aguilera saw all the judges agree to award Noora the save, lifting 21%.

Overnight TV Ratings, March 12

Primetime News
Seven News 786,000
Nine News 768,000
ABC News 585,000
10 News First 217,000 (5:00pm)/ 168,000 (6:00pm)
SBS World News 131,000 (6:30pm)/ 118,000 (7:00pm)

Daily Current Affairs
The Project 163,000 (6:30 pm)/ 239,000 (7pm)
60 Minutes 480,000

Breakfast TV
Sunrise 183,000
Today 145,000
News Breakfast 136,000

Nine has won Sunday night with a primary share of 25.4% and a network share of 32.7%. 9Go! has won multichannels with a 2.9% share.

The weekly commitment ceremony on Nine‘s Married At First Sight (MAFS) saw Alyssa storm out after her husband Duncan said that she has high expectations of him. 867,000 then watched as Claire and Jesse both chose to leave the experiment off the back of a comment from Harrison, regarding Claire’s kiss with Adam at the beginning of the season. 60 Minutes then told 480,000 about Mae Ja Kim, a woman who would lure women to Australia from South Korea with the promise of a better life, before trapping them in brothels with no freedom. 

Earlier in the afternoon, the Tigers took on an injury-ravaged Knights on Sunday NRL, with 230,000 watching as the Knights beat the odds to take the win.

Sunday night means only one thing on the ABC: crime drama night. Death in Paradise began with a young popstar found dead at a rehab clinic, unravelling the mystery for 572,000. Vera followed, with 611,000 watching as our titular hero was drawn into a mystery that brought her closer to her estranged family than she would like. 

Australian Idol inches ever closer to finding its winner on Seven, with 417,000 watching as the singers fought for their spot in the final six. The top eight paid tribute to the important people and places in their lives, with Josh performing Coldplay’s Fix You in tribute to his music teacher Tracey who is battling brain cancer. The judges were in awe, saving Josh from the public vote. The music continued afterwards for 194,000, with Ed Sheeran v Adele.

Earlier in the day, the Newcastle 500 Supercars championship sped up the afternoon for 197,000.

On 10, The Project (163,000 6:30pm / 239,000 7pm) interviewed a politician trying to take down pokies in NSW and spoke to Adam Duritz of Counting Crows. In an incredibly dramatic Australian Survivor, 498,000 watched as previous winner Hayley was taken down by a blindside orchestrated by – who else would it be? – George

The highest rating show on SBS was Bettany Hughes: Treasures Of Albania with 114,000.

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