TV Ratings March 13: 1.1 million watch Casey Donovan win Celebrity

Mediaweek editor James Manning looks at last night’s TV ratings

• 2017’s first reality TV final scores top spot for TEN with 1.10m
• Casey Donovan crowned winner of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!
• Nine’s Married At First Sight, Nine News & ACA combine to win Monday
• Seven’s My Kitchen Rules falls below magic million for second night

TEN’s I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! finished its 2017 season as the #1 show on Monday. The segment that revealed Casey Donovan had won the jungle contest had 1.10m watching the channel, while the preliminaries of the final episode did 1.06m. The series finished with a live studio audience gathered at the camp sight.

Nine’s early evening combination however was enough to secure the channel a win all people and in key demos as Nine News, A Current Affair and Married At First Sight all secured top 10 spots.


Seven News and its competitor Nine News were both close to 1m across the 6pm hour.

Home and Away did 727,000 after averaging 638,000 last week.

My Kitchen Rules was feeding bikers on the Pink Ribbon Motorcycle Ride last night with 968,000 watching as the program slipped to #2 behind both I’m A Celebrity and Married At First Sight. The bikers voted Court and Duncan the best, while judges Pete and Colin put Caitie & Demi plus Mark & Chris in the bottom two.

The final of Seven’s Bride and Prejudice had 708,000 watching. The series did 700,000 a week ago and its biggest audience was the launch episode on 764,000.


A Current Affair started with a skin cancer treatment scandal with reporter Steve Marshall trying to get an answer out of the specialist under investigation, at one stage nearly getting into his car with him. The episode did 868,000, which won the timeslot. ACA averaged 760,000 last week.

Married At First Sight showed that many couples other than Cheryl and Andrew have much to offer as they continue on their relationship journeys. Getting married is one thing, but jumping out of a plane is something extra and that happened last night too. The Monday episode did 1.06m, which is pretty strong against the Celebrity final. Married did 1.10m on Monday last week.

House Husbands then had 599,000 after 551,000 a week ago.


The channel’s best Monday of the survey year was driven by Casey Donovan winning I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! The Winner Announced did 1.10m and ranked #1 for the night, followed by the remainder of the episode branded Grand Finale Part 2 on 1.0m, which ranked #5 in the rankings.

It was Donovan’s second big TV win at TEN after she was chosen as the winner of Australian Idol way back in 2004. (The viewing audience that night was 3.34m which ranked the segment the most-watched program that year.)

TEN has reported this morning Celebrity’s 2017 series’ average capital city television audience was 851,000, up 9% on 2016.

On tenplay, Network Ten’s online catchup and live-streaming platform, I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! had 9.2 million video segment views, an increase of 102% on last year.

Elsewhere on the channel last night, The Project 7pm was just under 700,000.


ABC News just made the top 10 on 774,000.

7.30 and Media Watch had the next biggest audiences with both programs just over 600,000.

Four Corners featured a report on the price of the American dream from a French filmmaker with 566,000 watching.

Q&A was on 341,000 with a program from the Adelaide Festival of Arts with Tom Ballard guest-hosting a panel that included former Foxtel and News Corp Australia boss Kim Williams.


Michael Mosley: Trust Me I’m A Doctor drew the biggest crowd with 247,000.

The start of Simon Reeve’s Big Life Fix began on 147,000 at 8.30pm.

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