Sunday was a most unusual night of television -and a sign of things to come.
Denied the Australian Grand Prix, 10 put on a brave face and their best sequins for an audience-less Dancing with the Stars.
A small band of merry crew sat amongst empty seats to applaud a troupe of hard-working performers endeavouring to maintain the adage that the show must go on. There was the odd thumbs up from the cameraman and even a tumbleweed thrown across the floor from the props department. Props to all concerned.
But it was Married at First Sight that topped the night and the demos at 1.12m viewers.
That eclipsed Grand Designs (587,000 from 7:40pm), Dancing with the Stars (502,000 -its best numbers since season premiere) and My Kitchen Rules (473,000),
60 Minutes was dominant from 8:30pm at 816,000 then Stateless (390,000) and The Good Doctor (381,000).
Nine network won Sunday with 35.2% then Seven 22.2%, ABC 17.7%, 10 17.2% and SBS 7.7%.
Nine News maintained a strong night for the network winning its slot with 1.1m. Murder on the Internet was 404,000.
Seven News was best for Seven at 978,000. World’s Most Shocking Emergency Calls was 167,000.
ABC News was high at 872,000 for ABC. A Very English Scandal (213,00) and Compass (164,000) followed.
The Sunday Project drew 426,000 / 264,000 for 10. 10 News First was 339,000. A Graham Norton Show repeat drew 239,000. Bondi Rescue was 151,000.
On SBS it was Secrets Of Our Cities (201,000) SBS World News (191,000), North America With Simon Reeve (162,000), and Jeff Bezos: The Rise And Reign Of Amazon (101,000).
An Australian Story repeat topped multichannels at 212,000 in preliminary figures (in what is likely to have been a PM press conference).
OzTAM Overnights: Sunday 15 March 2020