TV Ratings March 5, 2023: MAFS commitment ceremony claims more couples


The Dolphins win their NRL debut, taking down the Roosters

• ABC’s Death In Paradise and Vera both crack 1m in Total TV
• Two idols on Survivor send Sam home
• Noora sent through to Australian Idol Top 8

Total TV Ratings, February 26

The weekly Married At First Sight (MAFS) commitment ceremony saw Adam and Janelle leave the experiment in the wake of Adam’s cheating with Claire, lifting 58% for a total audience of 2,026,000.

On the ABC, Vera rose 46% for a total audience of 1,376,000. Also passing 1m was Death In Paradise, which followed with 1,079,000, up 21%.

Up 41%, a blowout win for the villains on Australian Survivor meant the team earned a trip to a sandwich bar, with 867,000 watching as a Tribal Council blindside sent Stevie home just before the merge.

Australian Idol brought its Top 12 out on stage ahead of Australia taking over the votes. Lifting 25%, 844,000 watched as the judges unanimously granted ​​fifteen-year-old high school student Phoebe Stewart immunity in the Live Verdict show.

Overnight TV Ratings, March 5

Primetime News
Seven News 808,000
Nine News 797,000
ABC News 630,000
10 News First 195,000 (5:00pm)/ 155,000 (6:00pm)
SBS World News 154,000 (6:30pm)/ 111,000 (7:00pm)

Daily Current Affairs
The Project 175,000 (6:30 pm)/ 285,000 (7pm)
60 Minutes 464,000

Breakfast TV
Today 157,000
Sunrise 150,000
News Breakfast 149,000

Nine has won the night with a primary share of 27.0% and a network share of 33.0%. 10 Peach has topped multichannels with a 2.4% share.

Nine’s Married At First Sight (MAFS) took to the couch for this week’s commitment ceremony, and the big point of discussion was the pocket dial that’s been dominating this week. 993,000 watched as Dan declared that “The ocean is calling me and I have to go home,” marking his and Sandy’s departure from the experiment, before Tayla stormed out of the ceremony after writing ‘leave’ herself. 60 Minutes covered the rate of Aboriginal deaths in custody, with 464,000 watching as the show dug into the reasons behind the deaths. 

Earlier in the afternoon, the Redcliffe Dolphins made their NRL debut in front of 371,000, taking down the Sydney Roosters 28-18 in a major upset. 

See Also: Making a splash: What the Dolphins mean for Nine’s NRL strategy in 2023

Sunday night drama on the ABC continues to pull big numbers to the public broadcaster, with a primary share of 17.4%. First up was Death In Paradise with 569,000 watching as Florence’s undercover role took a dangerous turn, before Vera took to the case in front of 608,000 after a young police officer was found dead floating in a park lake.

Seven’s Australian Idol Live Shows continued, as the judges selected one song for each of the Top 10 to perform. 453,000 watched as Noora’s performance of The Voice Within by Christina Aguilera saw all the judges agree to award Noora the save, advancing her to next week’s Top 8 show. 7News Spotlight then looked into the story of Australian runner Peter Bol for 237,000.

It was a very musical night on 10’s The Project (175,000 6:30pm / 285,000 7pm) with the show chatting to Ruel, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Adam Lambert. A plot to take down George on Australian Survivor backfired, with 534,000 watching as Tribal Council saw Nina and Shaun play their idols, sending Sam home. 

The top rating non-news show on SBS was Ancient Egypt by Train with 133,000.

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