TV Ratings March 31: MAFS hits series high ahead of finale

• Best of the rest: News, ACA, 7.30 & Foreign Correspondent

• Married at First Sight reunion dinner party hits the sweet spot
• Penultimate episode hits a series high with final ep now Sunday
• Dining table daggers push Nine to highest share since Aus Open
• Best of the rest: News, ACA, 7.30 & Foreign Correspondent

Nine recorded its best share since the men’s final at the Australian Open. Seven recovered after a tough Monday and 10 had a rare Tuesday misstep with share in single figures.

Tuesday news bulletins
Seven News 1,256,000/1,178,00
Nine News 1,231,000/1,165,000 (Highest weekday since 2017)
ABC News 966,000
A Current Affair 913,000
7.30 772,000
Nine News special COVID-19 759,000
Foreign Correspondent 676,000
The Latest 582,000
The Project 426,000/581,000
10 News First 521,000/333,000
Sunrise 333,000
Seven News at 4 273,000/295,000
ABC Late News 296,000
Today 266,000
News Breakfast 258,000
Nine’s Afternoon News 243,000
The Drum 238,000
The Morning Show 220,000
SBS World News 209,000
Today Extra 193,000
Insight 163,000
Dateline 107,000

Nine: A Current Affair was over 900,000 for a second consecutive night this week.

The reunion dinner party did big business for Nine as the penultimate episode of Married at First Sight. It was episode 35 and highlights included more mud-slinging and news that perhaps the only successful “marriage” partners Lizzie and Seb are moving in together. The episode pulled the biggest MAFS audience of the year – 1.317m.

Seven: After a shocker on Monday, the channel recovered with 10 feeling the heat. Seven News and Sunrise were the key timeslot leaders. After The Latest, which dipped below 600,000, Border Security was on 345,000 and then the 2016 movie Jack Reacher: Never Go Back did 401,000.

10: The channel was hurting with no Survivor as Monday’s 16.6% share dropped to 8.1%. Coronavirus: How to Isolate Yourself was on 304,000, hopefully not an indication of how many Australians think they are infected. How Clean is Your House? couldn’t find an audience at 8.30pm with 179,000 watching.

ABC: Eric Campbell reported on Singapore’s early success fighting COVID-19 which delivered Foreign Correspondent a big audience of 676,000. The second episode of Revelation then screened to 420,000.

SBS: The channel has started Great Canadian Railway Journeys with Michael Portillo last night travelling from Alaska to Vancouver. The series has launched with 282,000.

Marc Fennell did double duty last night, first stepping in for Jenny Brockie hosting Insight which did 163,000 and then co-host The Feed with Alice Matthews which did 107,000.

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