Last year Nine did not win a ratings week until mid-July when the muscle of Australian Ninja Warrior & State of Origin ended 17 straight weeks by Seven.
This year it has won the third week thanks to Married at First Sight‘s domination over My Kitchen Rules -all 5 of Nine’s reality beat the best Seven could offer.
MAFS also managed to sideswipe Seven’s launch of Australian Spartan, which many have branded a Ninja copycat.
The end of the Winter Olympics also helped ABC, TEN & SBS to all increase share.
Nine also claimed the demos 16-39, 18-49 and 25-54.
ABC2* / ONE: 2.6
ABC News: 1.6
SBS VICELAND: 1.0
SBS Food Network 0.8
ABC News: 0.6
Nine won Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Seven won Adelaide and Perth.
Nine was victorious on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Seven scored Tuesday, Thursday & Friday. Nine & TEN tied for Thursday. ABC bettered TEN on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
Best brands this week were:
Nine: Married at First Sight (Sun: 1.53m), Nine News (Sun: 1.08m), 60 Minutes (823,000) and A Current Affair (792,000).
Seven: My Kitchen Rules (Tues: 1.12m), Seven News (Sun: 1.02m), The Good Doctor (949,000) and Australian Spartan (816,000).
ABC: Death in Paradise (798,000), ABC News (714,000), Innocent (623,000) and Grand Designs (615,000).
TEN: I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here (Thu Elim: 728,000), Gogglebox (685,000), The Project (7pm: 504,000) and TEN Eyewitness News (427,000).
SBS: Great Continental Railway Journeys (272,000), Great British Railway Journeys (252,000), Easter Island: The Truth Revealed (240,000) and Michael Mosley: Trust Me I’m a Doctor (206,000).
* OzTAM is yet to rebadge ABC2 as ABC Comedy.