Ratings: Married at First Sight returns well down with 771,000

The season two debut of the Nine Network’s “social experiment” Married at First Sight scored a metro audience last night of 771,000, well down last year’s premier that saw 1,143,000 tune in.

The result, however, was a huge improvement for Nine over Reno Rumble that last week had 370,000 in the 7.30 timeslot. Timeslot winner was again Seven’s My Kitchen Rules, albeit with a new Monday low of 1,234,000.

Combined with Downton Abbey’s 838,000 it was another easy Monday win for Seven with a 32.2% network share. Nine recovered from last week’s low to notch up 25.0% with ABC on 20.0%, Ten 17.5% and SBS with 5.3%. Seven won the 25-54 age group with Nine winning 18-49 and 16-39.

Seven News (1,086,000 and 1,029,000) was the number one news service with the afternoon’s The Chase also doing well with 665,000 and 449,000. At 7pm Home and Away improved to 792,000 and later Grey’s Anatomy had 148,000.

Nine News (1,083,000 and 1,023,000) made the top five but A Current Affair was well down on its usual number with 789,000 to finish twelfth for the night just ahead of Married at First Sight (771,000). Reno Rumble improved with a later start time to 424,000 in preliminary numbers with Hot Seat on 621,000 in the afternoon. Later, Footy Classified had 173,000 in AFL markets and Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners 98,000 in NRL territory.

Four Corners (902,00) ABC News (869,000), 7:30 (853,000) and Australian Story (800,000) all made the top ten in a good night for ABC. Media Watch was also improved to 712,000 but later Q&A slipped to 453,000.

It was a night for Ten’s Gold Logie nominees with All Star Family Feud, featuring Grant Denyer, Ten’s best on 670,000 while The Project with two nominees had 602,000 and 468,000. The 6pm simulcast of Family Feud had 609,000 after Ten Eyewitness News averaged 531,000. Later, the Melbourne Comedy Festival Supershow managed 460,000.

Secrets of the Brain (203,000) and SBS World News (138,000) were best for SBS,

At breakfast, Nine’s Today maintained its winning streak with 336,000, leading from Seven’s Sunrise (317,000) and _ABC News Breakfas_t (83,000 and 47,000).

Later, Today Extra also won the morning with 154,000 ahead of The Morning Show (142,000) and Studio 10 (77,000).

See [Monday 4 April 2016] (Monday 4 April 2016) for a more detailed look at the ratings numbers in the Media Spy forums.

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