MAFS wraps at 1.4m viewers on huge night for Nine

Married at First Sight has wrapped with its biggest audience all season and pushed Nine to a knockout 40% share for Sunday.

A Reunion special drew 1.4m metro viewers despite heated competition elsewhere and topped the demos. This concludes another winning season for Nine, dominating Q1 and now relegated to Instagram and the sidebar of the Daily Mail for months to come….

MAFS more than doubled its competition: Spicks & Specks (665,000 from 7:40pm). Dancing with the Stars: All Stars (621,000), Scotland: 1000 Years of History (247,000 from 7:30pm) and Malika: The Lion Queen, just 108,000 over its 2 hour run.

Nine also led later viewing with 60 Minutes at 647,000 for Nine then Australian Crime Stories (341,000) -both on Nine- Wakefield (309,000) and Crime Investigation Australia (270,000).

Nine network easily won Sunday with an impressive 40.4% share then Seven 25.1%, ABC 15.6%, 10 11.2% and SBS 7.7%.

Nine News drew 1.02m viewers for Nine.

Seven News led its slot at 1.04m. Declassified: The Royal Scandals was 120,000 / 93,000.

ABC News pulled 622,000. Silent Witness was 219,000 and Compass was 190,000.

The Sunday Project was best for 10 at 311,000 / 283,000. 10 News First was 285,000 / 258,000 but FBI: Most Wanted was just 91,000 / 76,000.

On SBS it was SBS World News (209,000 / 159,000) and Sydney’s Super Tunnel (131,000).

Peppa Pig led multichannels at 170,000.

OzTAM Overnights: Sunday 18 April 2021


  1. Might be due to NRL matches on Fox League Channel, has comparable ratings to Nine for matches they both simulcast. Maybe Nine trying to differentiate itself from Fox by having live presence on ground. Not so big an issue with AFL on Seven where Fox Footy live matches hardly rates

  2. Lacklustre numbers for ‘Wakefield’ considering the heavy promotion of it on ABC-a fairly pedestrian ep of ‘Silent Witness’ did nearly as well following it!

  3. I never watch MAFS, but I did see some of it last night, and the cynic in me says the two dramas involving Bryce and Bec were setups, regardless of what the “relationship experts” said. Producer manipulation at the very least.

  4. Congrats to MAFS for continuing to entertain an audience. Well shot and post produced to within an inch of its life, ESA have found a format of recapping everything over and over works. We will not be playing drinking games next series when any dated GV, continuity errors and heavily butchered dialogue editing goes to air. Many sore heads with a stripped format.

  5. I’d be interested to hear opinions of the new style Spicks and Specks. It was a mixed result for me, and basically followed whether the content was older or more recent. I didn’t know two of the guests, but G-flip (is that right?) was a bit of fun.

    I felt they made a good attempt to blend recent music and artists in with the pre-2000s, even some a lot earlier than that. The older music kept me watching, but I prefer the previous seasons. I didn’t laugh as much.

    • Well it’s only cos of corona that it’s like that. Didn’t bother me at all.
      Loved the show, even though I didn’t know much about g flip or Linda Vicka it was good.

      • Linda & Vicka Bull-sisters, and artists for the last 3 decades or so mostly as backing singers-also much seen on SBS’s ‘Rockwz’ over the years.

    • harrypotter1994

      I’m in my late 20’s and can say I’ve never known all of the music they’ve talked about in the regular shows. I enjoyed last night they seemed to blend the old and the new well.

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