MAFS commitment ceremony jumps to series high with 1m+ metro viewers

The second commitment ceremony of Married at First Sight’s eighth season scored 1.096 million metro viewers to become the season’s most watched episode to date, dominating in each of the key advertising demographics and leading Nine to an easy win with a 35.8% share.

The afternoon NRL match-up between the Canberra Raiders and Wests Tigers, meanwhile, was watched by 243,000 across the capital cities, three days after the season launched on Thursday night to 463,000.

In the primetime slot, MAFS – the top program of the night – was up against a Seven News special titled ‘Ivan Milat Buried Secrets’, which pulled 481,000 metro viewers, and Ten’s The Amazing Race, which landed on 462,000.

60 Minutes came in high on 626,000, behind Nine News (946,000), Seven News (904,000), and ABC News (685,000).

MAFS was still the top show nationally with 1.429 million viewers in total, while each of the news shows also jumped above the million mark with the regions factored in.

The ABC’s Insiders program pulled 295,000 metro viewers at 9am, while the public broadcaster’s Grand Designs New Zealand (438,000) and Harrow (436,000) also placed within the top 10 metro shows. That slate led the ABC to a 16.8% network share, behind Nine and Seven’s 23.3%, but ahead of Ten on 15.4%.

Unusually, SBS had a program in the top 20 with a repeat of Michael Palin in North Korea, which had 243,000 metro viewers and gave SBS an 8.7% share.

Nine also won the week with a 30.2% share ahead of Seven’s 24.7%, Ten’s 19.5%, the ABC’s 16.4%, and SBS’ 7.8%. Unsurprisingly, Oprah with Meghan and Harry was the best-performing show of the week, airing on Monday night on Ten to 1.366 million viewers to become 2021’s top program so far.

Three of MAFS’ four episodes landed in the top 10 (the fourth sat in 11th place), with Seven and Nine’s news episodes rounding out the remaining places. There was more variety in spots 11 to 20, with 60 Minutes, A Current Affair, Death in Paradise, Hard Quiz, and Four Corners’ episode on the Christian Porter rape allegations all featuring.


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