Offspring flails as Married At First Sight pulls biggest audience of season

Nine’s Married At First Sight continued its dramatic increase in viewership last night, pulling a metro audience of 974,000 at 8:40pm up on last week’s 788,000, according to OzTAM metro ratings.

Dinner was tense in last night's episode of Married At First Sight.

Dinner was tense in last night’s episode of Married At First Sight.

While the show failed to crack the million barrier it pulled its biggest audience of the season, topping two of the three key demographics (18-49, 25-54) and reigning as the most popular non-news program of the evening.

Ten’s local drama Offspring, airing in the same timeslot, managed just 594,000, down on last week’s audience of 638,000. It was the third most popular program among 16-39 and fourth among 18-49 and 25-54. The show did enjoy decent 7-day catch up figures picking up an extra 192,000 viewers for a total of 825,000. However it was still behind Seven’s drama The Durrells whicjh grabbed an extra 208,000 viewers for a total of 834,000 in the same slot.

The Bachelor continues to perform well for Ten with 844,000 viewers at 7:30pm, a slight increase on last week’s 821,000 and the most popular show in the 16-39 demographic. It fared well against Nine’s renovation reality competition The Block which could only muster 786,000 viewers in the same time slot.

After dominating the entertainment field last week, ABC’s Gruen at 8:40pm failed to hold off the competition with an audience of 830,000, down on last week’s of 901,000. Anh’s Brush With Fame also airing on ABC grabbed an audience of 793,000 at 8:00pm, a slight drop from last week’s 841,000.

Seven’s highest-rating non-news offering was Home and Away at 7pm with 736,000. 728,000 viewers stayed for Border Security at 7:30pm and The Force – Behind The Line grabbed 736,000 at 8pm.

In pay TV Gogglebox Australia performed extremely well on the Lifestyle channel with a national audience of 232,000, while its nearest competitor AFL 360 on Fox Footy trailed behind with 89,000.

Seven’s news at 6pm led the news race with 1.025m viewers while Nine’s 6pm offering grabbed 919,000. Seven’s Today Tonight at 6:30pm also topped Nine News with 968,000 over 944,000.

The impressive performance of Nine’s non-news programs handed them the evening win with an audience share of 21.9%. Seven trailed at 17.7% followed by Ten at 14.1%, ABC at 12.3% and SBS with 4.6%.


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