TV Ratings March 31: ABC has record night for the second evening in a row

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• MAFS and Nine #1 after serving up more drama at this week’s dinner party

• ABC’s big TV share helped by Hard, Quiz, The Weekly, and Fisk
• Best of the rest: The Cube, Amazing Grace, and The Front Bar

Primetime News
Seven News 947,000 (6 pm)/906,000 (6:30 pm)
Nine News is 918,000 (6 pm)/899,000 (6:30 pm)
ABC News 710,000
10 News First 325,000(5 pm)/217,000 (6pm)
SBS World News 161,000 (6:30 pm)/141,000 (7 pm)

Daily current affairs
A Current Affair 693,000
7:30 671,000
The Project 245,000 (6:30 pm)/387,000 (7 pm)
The Drum 170,000 

Breakfast TV
Sunrise 261,000
Today 230,000
News Breakfast 125,000

Late Night News
The Latest 236,000
ABC Late News 57,000
SBS World News Late 57,000


Nine enters the Easter break after winning last night with a primary share of 24.4% and a network share of 32.8%. This has continued Nine’s winning streak after being the top primary channel and network every day this week.

Married at First Sight was the top show for Nine last night with this week’s dinner party episode bringing in over 1m viewers. The episode featured more drama over controversial groom Bryce and his marriage to Melissa, while also causing tension between Jason and Alana.

The show was #1 in all key demos but was down on last week’s dinner party which had 1.017m last week.

Afterwards, Nine aired its fifth episode of Australian drama Amazing Grace with 382,000 tuning in, this was down on last week which had 429,000 viewers. This was followed by New Amsterdam with 70,000.


In the 7:30 pm slot last night, Seven aired a repeat of Highway Patrol which brought in 300,000 viewers. This was followed by Ambulance: Code Red with 184,000.

Home and Away was Seven’s top rating show last night with 548,000.

The Front Bar had 263,000 viewers with 182,000 coming from Melbourne.


On The Cube, 307,00 watched as Peter and Louise, a couple who met on an internet dating site, tried to win $250,000 for their dream holiday around Australia. This was down slightly on last week’s ratings which had 312,000.

The Cube was followed by two back to back repeats of Bull (184,000 and 146,000).

On The Project 245,000 (6:30 pm) and 387,000 (7:00 pm) watched as the show discussed the slow vaccine rollout, Grace Tame slamming the PM’s cabinet reshuffle, and the Lil Nas X controversy. 

10 bold was the top multichannel with 4.4% thanks to NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles.


The public broadcaster had its best Wednesday night of the year with 15.6% which is the second day in a row that it had posted its best daily share for the year, doing so on Tuesday night as well.

The main driving force was Hard Quiz which brought in its best ratings of the year with 740,000. This was followed by The Weekly with Charlie Pickering which had 575,000, its best number since its launch episode for this year back in February.

Kitty Flanagan‘s Fisk is continuing its great run with 594,000 tuning in for the show’s third episode which was its highest rating episode for the year. The show launched with 532,000 and then had 515,000 last week.


The top rating show on SBS last night was Australia in Colour with 238,000.

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