TV Ratings March 16: An extra MAFS wedding gets over 1m

TV ratings Married at First Sight

• Nine cleans up again as #1 primary channel and #1 network

• A surprise extra wedding on Married a First Sight pushes ep over 1m
• Nine cleans up again as #1 primary channel and #1 network
• ABC’s Exposed: Ghost Train Fire ranks #1 after MAFS ended

Primetime News
Seven News 927,000/907,000
Nine News 845,000/850,000
ABC News 678,000
10 News First 303,000 (5:00 pm)/ 207,000 (6:00 pm)
SBS World News 175,000/121,000

Daily current affairs
A Current Affair 703,000
7.30 543,000
The Project 230,000 (6:30 pm)/ 400,000 (7 pm)
The Drum 185,000

Breakfast TV
Sunrise 239,000
Today 186,000
News Breakfast 170,000

Late News
The Latest 140,000
ABC Late News 71,000
Nine News Late 62,000


On A Current Affair, Federal MP Andrew Laming, denied any wrongdoing after claims of inappropriate behaviour. The episode had an audience of 703,000 and it also looked at youth crime in Alice Springs.

After 15 episodes of Married at First Sight, Nine and Endemol Shine are still introducing new couples. Last night it was Jaimie and Chris who walked down the aisle. “She’s incredibly gorgeous, she’s got the most amazing eyes and beautiful smile. I’m very lucky and I owe the experts a bit of a thank you,” Chris beamed after sighting his bride. Jaimie was more concerned with Chris’s Viking-cut hairstyle. The episode performed strongly, securing Nine yet another win with over 1m tuning in.

Bad cosmetic surgery was again then examined on Botched with 371,000 watching.


Seven is nursing its schedule through to the Easter break without a major 7.30pm franchise after Ultimate Tag was moved to a multichannel this week. Last night two episodes of Surveillance Oz filled its slot with audiences of 287,000 and 259,000.

The Good Doctor then did 250,000 followed by The Resident on 156,000.


The Project examined the future of AstraZenica, interviewed comedian and writer Nina Oyama, but the highlight might have been guest panellist Liz Ellis flipping the bird at the end of the episode. There was an average of 400,000 watching the special sign-off from the netball champ.

The Amazing Race Australia was up to the 20th leg on the marathon journey around Australia and it was the end for The Siblings, Skye-Blue and Jake, who were eliminated and sent packing after arriving last at the Blue Mountains pit stop. The audience was on 480,000 after 479,000 were watching a week ago. The race to the finals starts next Sunday as the teams race to Dubbo.

The evening ended with two episodes of NCIS which did 236,000 and 191,000. 


Foreign Correspondent reported on pollution damaging New Zealand’s freshwater system. The episode did 447,000, down from 526,000 last week.

The well-promoted Caro Meldrum-Hanna doco Exposed: The Ghost Train fire started with a 90-minute first of three episodes. The team wasn’t able to find more than 30 seconds of the actual fire, but the whole episode was peppered with plenty of flames from their recreation. Along the way was a staggering number of interviews with witnesses of the tragic event. The show ranked #1 after Married at First Sight wrapped with an average audience of 376,000 through until its 10pm finish.


Michael Portillo was riding Puffing Billy on a repeat episode of Great Australian Railway Journeys. At the end of the episode watched by 240,000 he ventured into Victoria’s Western District, but the segment was missing exact detail of where his train journey took him.

The first episode of Insight hosted by Kumi Taguchi found an audience of 171,000. The new host seemed well in control and has already filmed five episodes of the 2021 season.

Dateline also returned last night with a troubling story about digital predators online for the audience of 108,000.

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