MAFS doubles MKR, quadruples Sunday Night Takeaway.
Ratings: Nine powers up thanks to MAFS, causing major headaches for the opposition.
Married at First Sight hit a season high of 1.66m viewers as a TV affair split sent its biggest drawcards packing.
It was the highest rating “regular” episode ever and enough to double My Kitchen Rules,* to be adjusted to 751,000, and more than 4 times the debut of Chris & Julia’s Sunday Night Takeaway on 383,000 in preliminary figures. ABC’s Magical Land of Oz landed in third place at 538,000 albeit in a slightly later timeslot.
The bumper figures for Nine ensured 60 Minutes’ Michael Jackson exposé trumped another on Sunday Night* at 1.08m viewers and 574,000, respectively.
Nine network won Sunday with a huge 39.5% share then Seven 26.6%, ABC 16.3%, 10 12.1% and SBS 5.5%.
Elsewhere for Nine, Nine News won at 965,000 and Confessions of a Serial Killer with Piers Morgan drew 376,000.
Seven News drew 892,000 and a repeat of Undercurrent was 343,000.
ABC News was 661,000 for ABC. The Cry was 522,000 and Mrs. Wilson pulled 359,000.
Hughesy We Have a Problem drew 327,000 in preliminary figures for 10 then The Sunday Project (302,000 / 199,000) and 10 News First (262,000). Bondi Rescue was just 151,000.
On SBS it was Secrets of the Pyramids (154,000), Lockerbie: The Unheard Voices (132,000) and SBS World News (137,000). Rupert Everett: 50 Shades of Gay was just 55,000.
Hey Duggee on ABC KIDS topped multichannels at 154,000.
OzTAM Overnights: Sunday 24 February 2019
* to be adjusted after coding errors.