Ratings: My Kitchen Rules wins first three-way reality battle of 2018

The unofficial launch of TV ratings for 2018 saw three reality franchises going head to head at 7.30 on Monday night.

The winner was Seven’s My Kitchen Rules that had another successful season launch ranking as the number one show for the night with 1.18 million viewers across the metropolitan markets. However, this was the franchise’s softest premiere number since season one and 127,000 short of the 2017 premiere that drew 1.31 million.

Meanwhile the latest season of Nine’s relationship show Married at First Sight took second place with 912,000 after 826,000 tuned in for last year’s launch episode. Over on Ten, the entry of Anthony Mundine into the I’m a Celebrity camp saw the second episode of Ten’s reality show grab 889,000 at 7.30pm.

Also on Seven, The Good Doctor returned from the summer break with an impressive 1.1 million viewers to dominate the 9pm timeslot. However, Travel Guides did good business for Nine with 614,000 but Ten’s offering of a new episode of Law and Order SVU slumped to just 245,000.

Seven’s network share for Monday was 33.6%, Nine had 26.5%, Ten 18.5%, ABC 14.8% and SBS 6.8%.

Seven grabbed the top four program places for the night with My Kitchen Rules (1182,000), The Good Doctor (1,095,000) and Seven News (1,108,000 and 1,095,000). The 2018 premiere of Home and Away had 796,000 at 7pm while a repeat airing of the Grammy Awards later had 168,000.

Nine News (946,000 and 943,000) was best for Nine with Married at First Sight (912,000) and A Current Affair (900,000) top ten entries. Following Travel Guides (614,000), Better Later than Never managed 242,000.

I’m a Celebrity was Ten’s best show with The Project (708,000 and 433,000) recording its best result since June 2017. Earlier, Ten Eyewitness News had 517,000 and Family Feud 350,000. Later, Law and Order SVU had 245,000 and 187,000.

ABC’s best results were ABC News (679,000) 7.30 (640,000) and Back Roads (677,000). Foreign Correspondent with 561,000 also made the top twenty with David Stratton’s Stories of Australian Cinema next best on 376,000.

Best for SBS were Michael Mosley: Trust Me I’m a Doctor (210,000) and 24 Hours in Emergency (179,000).

Afternoon results included quiz shows The Chase (609,000 and 399,000) on Seven and Hot Seat on Nine with 506,000 and 305,000. Seven News had 249,000 at 4.30pm and 242,000 at 4pm with Nine Afternoon News on 215,000. The Bold and the Beautiful on Ten had 291,000.

Seven’s Sunrise with 308,000 was an easy winner at breakfast while Nine’s Today struggled with 243,000.

See Monday 29 January 2018 for a more detailed look at the ratings numbers in the Media Spy forums.

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