MAFS leads entertainment on Monday, SBS caught in reality crossfire.

New couples join MAFS, Survivor second in entertainment, while SBS struggles to find an alternative audience.

Until OzTAM evolves data, yep daily wraps are still focussed on Overnights (mostly) for the time being.

Married at First Sight continued its reign last night as the top entertainment show at 837,000 metro viewers as two new couples joined the series.

That was ahead of Australian Survivor on 492,000, 7:30 (474,000), Back Roads (460,000) and Australian Idol (412,000) -but SBS was caught in the crossfire with Planet Reef at just 63,000.

Reality overruns notwithstanding, Four Corners led at 409,000 then Media Watch (388,000), Big Miracles (354,000), Would I Lie to You? (233,000), Starstruck (166,000) and Monster: The Mystery of Loch Ness (84,000).

Nine network won Monday with 31.3% then Seven 26.9%, ABC 17.8%, 10 16.8% and SBS 7.2%.

Nine News drew 812,000 / 796,000 for Nine then A Current Affair (629,000) and Hot Seat (368,000 / 224,000).

Seven News was #1 at 888,000 / 888,000 for Seven (a perfect retention rate). The Chase was 526,000 / 324,000 then Home & Away (448,000).

ABC News drew 594,000. Q+A (182,000) and The Drum (136,000) followed for ABC.

The Project managed 297,000 / 183,000 for 10. 10 News First was 253,000 / 169,000 with Ghosts on 128,000.

SBS World News was 133,000 / 107,000 for SBS plus Secrets of Playboy (82,000), Mastermind (77,000).

Doc Martin on 7TWO led multichannels at 122,000.

Sunrise: 218,000
Today: 188,000
News Breakfast: 63,000 / 51,000

But it’s not just Overnights either. In Total TV numbers last Monday:

Married at First Sight: 1.74m
Australian Survivor: 899,000
Big Miracles: 599,000
Australian Idol: 841,000
Home & Away: 972,000
Media Watch: 694,000

OzTAM Overnights: Monday 20 February 2023

10 Responses

  1. It’s like the producers of Q&A learnt nothing from their ratings dive before their change to Monday nights. The lack of diverse guests, push-back in discussions, and no fresh views have seemed to push many viewers away. I really think the producers of Q&A need to watch Insight on SBS and write down notes because they have their discussions and panellists on point.

  2. 182,000 viewers nationally for Q&A on a Monday night at 9.30 PM – those are terrible numbers for the ABC. Weren’t we promised that moving the program back to Mondays would lift the ratings from last year when it was on Thursdays?
    I watched the program last night and frankly I was bored, Jelena Dokic was about the only panellist of any interest, and Stan Grant is an atrocious host. The rot for that program probably set in when Tony Jones left. I doubt the ABC will persist with that program in 2024 if the ratings don’t improve, it would take up a fair part of the news and current affairs budget.

  3. I’m hoping the live shows might breathe some life into Idol . I will never understand how a show like Married at First Sight tops the polls even over the News on some nights. The whole concept is ridiculous and makes no sense. Drama created out of nothing . Vapid people looking to feed their Instagram. The relationship experts ? Where did they find them? It’s now been going for 10 years and is still an absolute juggernaut. Sad reflection of what is deemed as entertainment today.
    Survivor is better but still how many times can you pit people against each other on an island…….hardly innovative.

  4. SBS was caught in SBS’s crossfire. I recorded the Reef doco and played Countdown. Tonight I will record Who Do You Think You Are? ( the final ep from last season that was Covid delayed) while playing Countdown.

  5. Oh Channel 10 you Programming Geniuses.

    By bumping Law And Order last Tuesday, you successfully increased Would I Lie To You from 229,000 to 233.000.

    You are the Philosophers Stone of programming.

    1. It’s a fantastic breeding ground for Carols in the Domain singers 😉

      But seriously there are great singers this year let down by a Frankenstein format that steals elements if The Voice and X-Factor and mashes them with reimagined Idol tropes and AGT golden buzzers.

      No touchdown from me.

    2. I agree. It’s so dated. I usually love talent shows, just cannot get into this at all. Those ratings are terrible, for the amount of $$ it would cost to make it.
      Amy Shark seems a natural fit, but Megan spends too much time giggling and not making much sense.

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