TV Ratings March 29: Nine and MAFS cruise to an easy win


• Best of the rest: Home and Away, Royals Revealed, Under Investigation

Primetime News
Seven News 1.030,000 (6 pm)/ 962,000 (6:30 pm)
Nine News is 1,000,000 (6 pm)/ 988,000 (6:30 pm)
ABC News 775,000
10 News First 365,000(5 pm)/248,000 (6pm)
SBS World News 171,000 (6:30 pm)/140,000 (7 pm)

Daily current affairs
A Current Affair 803,000
7:30 690,000
The Project 310,000 (6:30 pm)/455,000 (7 pm)
The Drum 179,000 

Breakfast TV
Sunrise 268,000
Today 217,000
News Breakfast 167,000

Late Night News
The Latest 122,000
World News Late 51,000
ABC Late News 89,000


Nine won last night with a 26.8% primary share and a 33.8% network share. This was more than 10 points clear of its closet competition in both categories.

A large part of that success last night was Married at First Sight (1.065m viewers)  which did not face much competition last night with Seven and 10 both deciding not to run any tentpole programming in the lead up to Easter.

After 10’s Amazing Race wrapped up on Sunday night, and Seven’s Ultimate Tag was moved to 7flix both broadcasters are expected to bring back major 7:30 programs in the weeks following Easter with MasterChef and Big Brother on the horizon but for now, MAFS is running fairly unopposed.

Nine also had a good showing from its current affairs programming with A Current Affair bringing in 803,000, while Under Investigation with Liz Hayes had 521,000 as the show explored Russian President Vladimir Putin‘s history of chemical warfare. 


Seven aired a triple header of Home and Away last night in an evening that was billed as life-changing for the Bay. The night included a shocking discovery about Lewis (Luke Arnold) that ricocheted through the Bay as he executed a calculated plan driven by his tortured past. Irene (Lynne McGranger) also uncovered Susie’s (Bridie Carter) web of deceit, which put Irene’s life in danger. And Mackenzie (Emily Weir) struggled with the decision to keep the baby of her ex-boyfriend Ari (Rob Kipa-Williams) who is in a coma. The back-to-back-back episodes brought in an average of 475,000 viewers.

This was followed by the rom-com Bridget Jones’s Diary with 182,000.


In place of The Amazing Race Australia, 10 aired Elizabeth and Phillip: Royals Revealed which had 262,000 tune in.

Afterwards, 10 aired the season finale of Hughesy We Have a Problem which had 191,000 viewers. The episode featured Becky Lucas and Nazeem Hussain, Kate Langbroek, and Joel Creasey on the panel as the team answered problems from Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul actor Bob Odenkirk, and an Aussie model in New York who was having a problem with Zac Efron and Netflix.

The Project had 310,000 (6:30 pm) and 455,000 (7 pm) as the show covered Brisbane going back into lockdown, the PM’s approval ratings, and why Australia hasn’t signed a new international law.


The public broadcasters’ current affairs lineup had a strong showing, led by 7:30 (690,000) this was then followed by Australian Story (634,000), Four Corners (441,000), and Media Watch (422,000).


The top program on SBS last night was Historic House Rescue with 203,000.

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