Married at First Sight finale cracks 1m metro viewers as House Rules launches with 718,000

The finale of Nine’s controversial dating show Married at First Sight was watched by 1.048m metro viewers.

Airing from 7:30pm to 9:30pm, the final episode of the six parts series was up on its season launch, which drew 771,000 metro viewers, but down on last year’s finale, which attracted 1.290m metro viewers. The season-ender is the only episode during season two which broke the 1m audience mark.

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Married at First Sight – Follow Up, which checked in with the couples to see if they were still together, was watched by 1.11m metro viewers.

Married at First Sight – Follow Up and Married at First Sight the finale were the most-watched and second most-watched programs across the key advertising demographics (16-39, 18-49 and 25-54).

Nine won the night with an audience share of 22.5%, ahead of Seven’s audience share of 20.8%. The ABC claimed third with a share of 12.2%, while Ten finished with a share of 10.4%.

Meanwhile, the debut of Seven’s renovation reality series House Rules, airing at 7:30pm, was watched by 718,000, making it the show’s lowest launch to date.

Last year, House Rules debuted with a metro audience of 791,000, in 2014 the series launch was watched by 1.183m, and the launch of season one in 2013 was watched by 803,000.

Both shows out-rated Ten’s All Star Family Feud, which attracted 550,000.

Later in the evening, Seven’s broadcast of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2016, which aired at 8:40pm, was watched by 690,000 metro viewers.

Seven News at 6:00pm pulled in 1.103m, slipping to 1.062m from 6:30pm while Nine News at 6:00pm grabbed 1.031m, sliding to 963,000 from 6:30pm.

On the ABC, 7.30 had an audience of 642,000, QI (8:00pm) drew 569,000, The Weekly with Charlie Pickering (8:30pm) was watched by 618,000 and Comedy Showroom (9:00pm) pulled in 486,000.


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