TV Ratings March 4: MAFS grooms homestays another TV hit with 1.29m

• My Kitchen Rules heads to Bondi Beach for pop-up restaurant

Monday: Week 10 2019

• Denise Scott farewelled on Dancing With The Stars
• ABC’s Big Monday combo: Willesee remembered, Pell investigation

FTA TV news/current affairs

• Seven News 969,000/968,000
• Nine News 945,000/987,000
• A Current Affair 847,000
• ABC News 763,000
• 7.30 637,000
• The Project 263,000/464,000
• 10 News First 384,000
• SBS World News 122,000

Breakfast TV

• Sunrise 299,000
• Today 191,000


The channel has started the week with two primary channel shares of 17.7%.

My Kitchen Rules visited Bondi Beach for a pop-up restaurant with Pete Evans and Colin Fassnidge in charge last night. Special guest was the man behind the Bondi Harvest brand, Guy Turland. The Monday audience was just over 700,000 after 764,000 a week ago.

Instant Hotel then did 288,000 after 276,000 a week ago.


On MAFS the brides headed to the grooms hometowns. It can also be labelled nude calendar night. The couple count is down to eight after the Sunday exit. The Monday episode was on 1.293m, so close to 1.298m on that night last week.

Bad Mothers followed on 542,000 after 573,000 last week and 642,000 a fortnight ago. Overnight drama numbers are always going to slide when viewers have the choice of watching on BVOD at a time that suits them.


Share edged back into double figures for the third time in the past 11 nights.

Driving the change was Dancing With The Stars, which featured the last appearance of Denise Scott until she returns for the grand final. The elimination portion of the episode did 496,000 and the regular episode was on 492,000. A week ago the elimination did 578,000 with the regular episode on 505,000. The series launched with 615,000 a fortnight ago.

The Project featured Ronny Chieng during a trip back to Australia for shows along the east coast. He was happier plugging the whole Melbourne Comedy Festival than his own comedy shows. The episode was on 464,000 after 7pm.


The channel had its biggest share since New Year’s Eve with a night of programming that will be hard to match in terms of quality. The channel was well ahead of 10 and outrated Seven in Melbourne.

Australian Story repeated the great recent Mike Willesee episode with 634,000 watching.

Four Corners then featured the much-anticipated Louise Milligan investigation into Cardinal George Pell with 794,000 watching.

That audience was good news for Media Watch, which also included drama surrounding the Pell verdict with 749,000 watching.

Q&A also looked at the drama surrounding the Catholic church with one of its biggest audiences of recent times – 548,000.


The 7.30pm doco The Kennedys did 155,000.

Audiences warmed much more to Michael Mosley: Trust Me I’m A Doctor with an investigation of “exercise snacking” which did 196,000.

A 24 Hours In Emergency repeat at 9.30pm also had a bigger audience than at 7.30 – 141,000.

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