TV Ratings March 27: Seven claims Monday as MKR regains supremacy

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

• Seven claims Monday as My Kitchen Rules regains supremacy
Murder Uncovered Melbourne gangland episode finally screens
• Nine’s A Current Affair revisits Bourke Street Mall terror

Seven has now won the past six nights in primary and combined channel share. Nine started last week with a decisive lead on Sunday and Monday, but Seven has reversed that situation thanks to a combined programming lift and a boost in particular at My Kitchen Rules. Real crime was also a factor with the delayed Murder Uncovered look at the Melbourne gangland scene doing well until late into the night.


Seven News won its metro timeslot with both half hours over 1m viewers. Seven managed to win the hour in Sydney too. The weekday bulletin averaged 958,000/911,000 last week, close to identical to what it did the week prior – 958,000/915,000.

Home and Away did 792,000 after it averaged 704,000 in week 12, up from 678,000 in week 11.

My Kitchen Rules had it best night since the second week of survey. Indeed the Monday episode last night was the most-watched show on television in over a month since two episodes of MKR did just over 1.25m on February 20 and 21. The episode last night featured the nine teams competing for a place in the finals. Adelaide’s Tim and Kyle made it through, leaving the other eight teams to take part in what is being called the biggest dinner parties ever seen on the show. There also seems some controversy attached to forthcoming episodes which should help swell the numbers.

The much-anticipated Melbourne gangland special of Murder Uncovered then rolled out over two episodes. The first episode narrowly trailed House Husbands (even in Melbourne) with 693,000, but the second was a timeslot winner on 549,000.


Nine News could not quite crack 1m across either half of the bulletins. The weekday bulletins last week averaged 905,000/906,000, close to the week 11 numbers of 912,000/903,000.

A Current Affair featured a special episode with Martin King reporting on the families affected by the Bourke Street Mall tragedy. King appeared in the studio with Tracy Grimshaw and they asked for viewers to help donate to two of the families. The Monday episode did 846,000. The week 12 average of 804,000 was up on week 11’s 765,000.

Married At First Sight had a Monday audience of 1.16m, which is down on the 1.24m watching a week earlier. Anthony and Nadia were again centre stage.

House Husbands won its timeslot with 722,000, up from 673,000 from last week.


The channel’s best was again The Project with 570,000. Surprisingly Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) turned up in the first 30 minutes in what has been something of a week for the singer and the network after his music was featured prominently in last week’s episode of This Is Us. Also on the program last night was a special report from Hugh Riminton into the conviction relating to the murder of Peter Falconio.

The first episode of week for The Biggest Loser: Transformed did 284,000.

TEN’s Monday movie The Heat then did 230,000.


ABC News just made it over 800,000 to start the weekday bulletins.

At 8pm Australian Story was on 502,000.

Four Corners did 428,000 and then Media Watch was on 448,000.

Q&A just made the top 20 on 419,000.


The second part of The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs did 216,000 which is bang on the number watching a week ago.

The final of Simon Reeve’s The Big Fix did 174,000.

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