TV Ratings March 2, 2023: How many people watched night one of the NRL?

NRL Game 1 2023 Melbourne Storm

Gogglebox critiqued The Last King of the Cross and Queerstralia

The Project welcomed singer Charli XCX

Total TV Ratings, February 23

Seven’s Home and Away had 912,000 watching as Felicity’s drinking reached a new low, Nikau and Bella struggled to get past their differences, and Alf and John’s feud went to extraordinary heights. Up 25%.

Lifting by a huge 32% rise was 10’s Gogglebox, with 856,000 tuning in to view the season premiere, as our favourite couch commentators returned for another season. The cast got comfy critiquing Australian IdolMarried at First SightThe White Lotus and Big Miracles.

Nine’s RBT had 698,000 viewers watch a repeat of the unique, behind-the-scenes look at RBT patrols testing for alcohol and drug-affected drivers, lifting 5%.

Overnight TV Ratings, March 2

Primetime News
Seven News 811,000 (6:00pm) / 806,000 (6:30pm)
Nine News 688,000 (6:00pm) / 692,000 (6:30pm)
ABC News 511,000
10 News First 211,000 (5:00pm)/ 144,000 (6:00pm)
SBS World News 133,000 (6:30pm)/ 113,000 (7:00pm)

Daily Current Affairs
A Current Affair 511,000
7.30 391,000
The Project 162,000 6:30pm / 222,000 7pm

Breakfast TV
Sunrise 211,000
Today 194,000
News Breakfast 145,000

Once again, Nine has won the night with a primary share of 22.3% and a network share of 29.6%. 7TWO has won multichannels with a 3.9% share.

Nine’s A Current Affair interviewed boxer Billy Dib who is fighting an aggressive and rare form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, with 511,000 also watching as breaking news was announced that Robert Smith could be out of jail 10 years after the murder of Kiesha Abrahams. Then, 455,000 tuned in to watch the Paramatta Eels take on the Melbourne Storm in the first game of the NRL season. The Storm beat the Eeels (who lost to the Penrith Panthers in the 2022 NRL Grand Final last year) in golden point, 16-12.

450,000 began their evening in Summer Bay with Seven’s Home and Away, before 165,000 watched Code 1: The Essendon Plane Crash. The series investigated the February 2017 small aircraft crash chartered by a group of golfers who were flying from Melbourne to nearby King Island, before ten seconds later, exploding in a popular shopping centre.

On 10, The Project (162,000 6:30pm / 222,000 7pm) welcomed singer Charli XCX, who was acknowledged in Harry Styles’ acceptance speech at the Brit Awards after calling out the Best Artist category for only having male artists. She told the panel why she’d had enough. The show also welcomed model Megan Gale and showcased South Australian Alex McIntyre a.k.a Lego Man, who uses his life-size Lego outfit to bring joy to the local community. Then, on Gogglebox Australia, 416,000 watched our favourite couch critics have opinions on Paramount+’s Last King of the Cross, Queerstralia presented by Zoë Coombs Marr and Would I Lie to You.

On ABC’s 7.30, Laura Tingle examined the broader debate about tax changes that could improve the budget bottom line and ex-minister Stuart Robert took responsibility for Robodebt implementation. 391,000 tuned in, before 243,000 watched Grand Designs: The Streets, where at Graven Hill in Oxfordshire, Carlos and Maite had ambitious plans to build a bold, Spanish-inspired home.

The highest rating non-news show on SBS was Coastal Ireland with Adrian Dunbar, with 150,000 tuning in. Adrian Dunbar visited Slieve League on the Wild Atlantic Way in Co Donegal.

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