TV Ratings March 29, 2023: Alone makes its Australian debut


Hard Quiz tops non-news

• Seven wins the night with We Interrupt This Broadcast and The Front Bar
• 2m for MAFS in Total TV

Total TV Ratings, March 22

The final Married At First Sight (MAFS) dinner party of 2023 was just as explosive as you’d expect, with Bronte and Harrison’s marriage falling apart at the table ahead of final vows. Lifting 59%, a flat 2 million watched as the dreaded Honesty Box came out, probably bringing more drama than honesty.

Seven’s Home and Away was up 26%, for a total audience of 943,000.

On the ABC, Hard Quiz hoisted the big brass mug in front of 835,000, up 17%. The Weekly with Charlie Pickering was up 22%, bringing in 737,000 viewers. 

On The Dog House Australia, 459,000 watched as Maltese cross, Mr. Norman, used his three legs to saunter into the lives of newlyweds Nathanael and Marian, lifting 13%.

Overnight TV Ratings, March 29

Primetime News
Seven News 911,000 (6:00pm) / 860,000 (6:30pm)
Nine News 721,000 (6:00pm) / 735,000 (6:30pm)
ABC News 565,000
10 News First 196,000 (5:00pm)/ 122,000 (6:00pm)
SBS World News 108,000 (6:30pm)/ 103,000 (7:00pm)

Daily Current Affairs
A Current Affair 600,000
7.30 448,000
The Project 138,000 6:30pm / 234,000 7pm

Breakfast TV
Sunrise 199,000
Today 195,000
News Breakfast 153,000

Seven has won Wednesday night with a primary share of 19.8% and a network share of 28.9%. 9Gem has topped muiltuchannels with a 3.3% share. 

Home and Away brought 475,000 to Summer Bay on Seven, as Mali and Rose went head to head over family values. We Interrupt This Broadcast took on Playschool, The Kardashians, MKR, Bondi Rescue, and The Bachelor for 280,000, before The Front Bar settled in to chat sport alongside 351,000 pubgoers. 

Nine’s A Current Affair spoke to the small business owners struggling with the rising cost of living, and gave 600,000 an update on a group of neighbours that were frightened of a whipper snipper wielding caretaker. Under Investigation followed for 355,000, looking at the story of Richard Dorrough, a man who left a note when he took his life, claiming to have murdered three people. 

The ABC’s 7.30 took a look at this weekend’s Aston federal by-election, and filled 448,000 in on the debate around taxes on electric cars. Hard Quiz topped non-news with 542,000, followed by The Weekly with Charlie Pickering with 446,000. Finally, the Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala kept 227,000 giggling into the night.

On 10, The Project (138,000 6:30pm / 234,000 7pm) looked at new legislation that will give Queensland Police unprecedented search powers, and interviewed Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler. The Dog House Australia introduced 318,000 to Simba, who had a chance at love with Jenny – but formed an instant bond with her twin brother, John.

Alone Australia debuted with a double episode on SBS, sending 10 people out into the wilderness of Western Tasmania. 212,000 watched as the contestants battled the cold, the rain, loneliness, and even an unfortunately timed bout of Covid-19. 

SBS is reporting that on linear, episode one had 203,000 metro viewers, 93,000 regional, and 296,000 national. Episode two saw the audience grow with 220,000 metro, 123,000 regional, and 343,000 national.

Alone’s debut has resulted in SBS’s biggest prime time audience of the year, with a metro primary channel share of 6.4% and network share of 10.8%.

SBS is also reporting that SBS On Demand has already seen 40,000 tune for the first episode (a 13.5% uplift) and 16,000 for episode two according to Oztam VPM (Live+VOD).

See Also: “A huge level of risk”: The logistics of heading into the wild with Alone Australia

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