Nine’s Married at First Sight attracts biggest audience, 9Life’s Talking Married premieres with 152,000

Thursday night saw less competition among the free-to-air networks’ reality offerings, with neither Seven’s My Kitchen Rules nor Ten’s I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here running episodes.

Nine’s Married at First Sight thus dominated the ratings, drawing in 995,000 metro viewers and 1.364m nationally – its highest audience of the season so far – and topped all the key advertising demographics, the 16-39s, 18-49s and 25-54s.

Following Nine’s show on the main channel, a new chat show on 9Life – Talking Married – premiered with 152,000 in the metro markets and a national audience of 198,000. 9Life does not run in regional Western Australia or Tasmania.

Talking Married is a half hour weekly chat show for Married at First Sight fans which runs on 9Life and 9Now on Thursday nights. It is hosted by Jayne Azzopardi and is the first television production for women’s lifestyle website, 9Honey.

Ten’s The Big Bash League semi-final between the Hobart Hurricanes and the Perth Scorchers attracted 859,000 metro viewers in session two, and 787,000 metro viewers in session one, according to OzTAM’s overnight preliminary metro ratings. The BBL also performed strongly in the key advertising demographics, with both sessions in the top three across all demographics.

Nationally, session one averaged 1.19m while session two had 1.27m.

Seven’s most-watched non-news show of the night with The Chase Australia, with 477,000 metro viewers.

Nine took a win in news, attracting 902,000 metro viewers at 6pm. That was slightly ahead of Seven’s 865,000. Meanwhile, Ten’s The Project with newly appointed Lisa Wilkinson, managed 518,000.

Last night was the first weekday night Wilkinson took to the screens. Monday night’s The Project 7pm attracted 708,000 metro viewers, Tuesday night’s show pulled in 599,000 and Wednesday’s night show had 611,000.

Wilkinson’s first episode on Sunday attracted 481,000 at 6:30pm – making it The Sunday Project’s highest rating show to date.

ABC News pulled in 634,000.

Nine’s Married at First Sight helped the channel to a 20.7% share, winning Thursday night in main channel. Ten came in behind Nine with 17.7%, beating Seven’s 17.3%. ABC and SBS had shares of 9.5% and 5% respectively.


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