Seven has won the first night of the 2017 ratings year in a razor-tight race with rival Nine.
Bragging rights were on the line in a night that saw My Kitchen Rules challenged by Nine’s Married at First Sight.
While MKR won with 1.08m viewers it was its lowest ever audience, with Married breathing down its neck with 1.06m viewers. Nine’s show even managed to pip it in the Demos.
Meanwhile TEN’s I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here trailed on 696,000, rising to 720,000 for the eviction of Tom Arnold.
Seven’s high profile drama Hoges pulled 837,000 viewers -well down on Molly‘s 1.79m viewers a year ago. Social media was divided last night, with plenty of chatter about a dodgy wig but some praise for Josh Lawson and 70’s Australiana.
Seven Network won the night with 31.4%, Nine 30.3%, ABC 16.8%, TEN 14.6% and SBS 6.9%.
Seven News was #1 with 1.1m followed by My Kitchen Rules on 1.08m and Hoges (837,000). A repeat of Murder Uncovered drew 226,000 viewers.
Married at First Sight pulled 1.06m viewers for Nine then Nine News (1.06m), 60 Minutes (893,000) and Lethal Weapon (325,000).
Midsomer Murders (827,000) was best for ABC then ABC News (763,000), Grand Designs (667,000).
I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here drew 720,000 / 696,000 for TEN. TEN Eyewitness News was 386,000, Bondi Rescue was 335,000, 24: Legacy was 333,000 and Homeland just 140,000.
On SBS it was The Silk Road (296,000), Trump’s Divided States of America (224,000), SBS World News (170,000).
ABC2’s Go Jetters topped multichannels with 177,000.
OzTAM Overnights: Sunday 12 February 2017