TV Ratings March 17: MAFS dinner party had a secret girlfriend but it is no secret that Nine is #1


• Battle of the game shows: Hard Quiz almost doubles The Cube

• The Front Bar returns with over 250k
• Eddie McGuire returned to Footy Classified in front of 120k viewers

Primetime News
Seven News 886,000 (6 pm)/885,000 (6:30 pm)
Nine News is 879,000 (6 pm)/899,000 (6:30 pm)
ABC News 635,000
10 News First 312,000(5 pm)/244,000 (6pm)
SBS World News 164,000 (6:30 pm)/153,000 (7 pm)

Daily current affairs
A Current Affair 763,000
7:30 600,000
The Project 264,000 (6:30 pm)/423,000 (7 pm)
The Drum 164,000 

Breakfast TV
Sunrise 248,000
Today 193,000
News Breakfast 178,000

Late Night News
The Latest 238,000
Nine News Late Edition 91,000
ABC Late News 49,000
SBS World News Late 41,000


Nine was the top primary channel last night with 25.5% as well as the top network with 33.5% this was thanks in part to Married at First Sight, Amazing Grace, and Footy Classified.

Married at First Sight was the #1 show in Australia last night and wrapped its week with a dinner party that had 1.03m tune in as Bryce was accused of having a secret girlfriend, and the three new couples also joined in for the first time. The show was also #1 in all key demos.

Amazing Grace had 415,000 tune in which was down only slightly on last Wednesdays 420,000 as the show’s ratings appear to be stabilising after launching with 504,000, three weeks ago.

Eddie McGuire was back hosting the Wednesday night edition of Footy Confidential last night, this was his first TV appearance since he stepped down as the president of the Collingwood Magpies. The episode had 120,000 tuning in to watch.


Last night Seven aired a back to back episodes of Border Security: Australia’s Front Line which brought in 197,000 and 144,000. This was followed by Ambulance: Code Red with 164,000.

The biggest news for Seven last night was the return of The Front Bar with 281,000 viewers. Almost two-thirds of the show’s audience came from Melbourne with 191,000 tuning in from the southern state making it a top 10 show in the city.

The Latest easily won the battle of the late-night news shows with 238,000.


The Cube had 317,000 tune in which is the lowest rating that the show has had so far, last week the show had 404,000 viewers.

The Project had 264,000 and 423,000 viewers as the show covered the new vaccine rollout phase, the relationship between far-right conspiracy theorists & wellness warriors, and they were joined by Adam Hills.

10 Bold was the top multichannel last night with a healthy dose of NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles.


Hard Quiz was the #2 entertainment show last night behind only MAFS with 621,000. This was almost double the viewers as its game show competitor The Cube as Gold Logie winner Tom Gleeson continues to run up the score.

This was followed by The Weekly with Charlie Pickering which had 544,000  viewers as the show was joined by Kitty Flanagan and Margaret Pomeranz.

Speaking of Kitty Flanagan, her new comedy show Fisk took the spot of Aftertaste in ABC’s Wednesday night comedy lineup and debuted with 532,000.

In the new comedy Flanagan stars as Helen Tudor-Fisk, a corporate contract lawyer forced to take a job at a shabby suburban law firm specialising in wills and probate. 


The top show on SBS last night was Australia in Colour with 206,000.

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