Ratings: Relationships rule Wednesday with Married at First Sight and The Bachelor

Reality relationship shows Married at First Sight from Nine and Ten’s The Bachelor were the stand out performers last night as several Wednesday programs dipped to season lows.

The Bachelor kicked things off as the number one 7.30pm program with 844,000 metro viewers while Married lifted to a season high 974,000 to rule the 8.40pm timeslot. Both programs were the top performing programs for their respective networks as well as dominated the younger demographics.

Nine had its best Wednesday network share since State of Origin with 29.1% with Seven second with 26.3% ahead of Ten (19.8%), ABC (17.4%) and SBS (7.4%).

Married at First Sight was the number two show on Wednesday with Nine News second across its hour with 919,000 and 944,000. A Current Affair put Nine first at 7pm with 855,00 but The Block that followed edged down to a season low of 786,000. Hot Seat grabbed 490,000 in the afternoon with The Footy Show on 278,000 in AFL markets (192,000 in Melbourne) while Eat to Live Forever managed 171,000 in NRL territory.

Over on Seven, Seven News maintained its number one position with 1,025,000 and 968,000. Next best for the network were Home and Away (736,000), The Force Behind the Lines (736,000) and Border Security (728,000). A double episode of The Durrells recorded season lows with 523,000 and 459,000 while the afternoon’s The Chase saw 374,000 tune in at 5pm, lifting to 615,000 at 5.30pm.

Meanwhile, The Bachelor was Ten’s best. Earlier, The Project rated 621,000 and 423,000, Family Feud 496,000 and Ten Eyewitness News 452,000. The penultimate episode of Offspring for this season slipped to 594,000 with NCIS: LA later on 197,000.

ABC’s top programs Gruen (830,000) and Anh’s Brush with Fame (793,000) were well down this week. Earlier, ABC News managed 772,000 while 7:30 slipped to 654,000. Also in the line up were The Katering Show (425,000), You Can’t Ask That (333,000) and Pointless (230,000) with Soul Mates on just 167,000.

Great American Railroad Journeys (285,000) and 24 Hours in Emergency (203,000) topped SBS’s night.

Today managed a win at breakfast for Nine with 300,000 ahead of Sunrise (289,000) and ABC News Breakfast with 108,000 and 54,000.

This is what the top programs rankings were for people under 55.

See [Wednesday 7 September] (http://forums.mediaspy.org/t/wednesday-7-september-2016/1805) for a more detailed look at the ratings numbers in the Media Spy forums.

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