MAFS on top as 3 big shows clash
• V+A returns to its Monday night slot
Total TV Ratings, January 23
On nine, Novak Djokovic came up against homegrown hero Alex de Minaur. 1,126,000 watched the Australian Open as Djokovic took the win, up 10%.
Seven’s Home and Away was up 26%, for a total audience of 952,000.
662,000 joined Heather Ewart as she visited Quilpie-shire in outback Queensland on ABC’s back roads, picking up 16%.
The Bachelors sent Bella, Jasmine and Tilly home in front of 593,000 with 54%.
Overnight TV Ratings, January 30
Seven News 900 000 (18:00) / 892 000 (18:30)
Nine News 760 000 (18:00) / 794 000 (18:30)
ABC News 641,000
10 News First 256,000 (17:00)/ 167,000 (18:00)
SBS World News 148,000 (18:30)/ 122,000 (19:00)
Daily Current Affairs
A current case 639,000
The Project 170 000 (18:30)/ 322 000 (19:00)
News Breakfast 132,000
Nine won the night with a primary share of 25.6% and a network share of 32.4%. 7Two surpassed multichannel with a 3.4% share.
On Nine, A Current Affair returned for the first time with Ally Langdon behind the desk. 639,000 tuned in to her first show, in which Langdon interviews a woman who survived domestic violence and is now campaigning for change. Married At First Sight (MAFS) then stormed onto Aussie screens for another season, with 840,000 watching the premiere. The season spared no time in getting to the drama, with the first batch of weddings and the discovery that one groom has a girlfriend on the side.
Seven’s Home and Away brought 505,000 to Summer Bay to start the night. Australian Idol then took to the stage, with the first batch of hopefuls performing for the judges. 413,000 tuned in as some potential stars – and some singers who should probably stick to shower concerts – were exposed.
ABC’s 7.30 covered the death of Indigenous woman Veronica Nelson in 2020 and interviewed Bill Gates for 564,000. Back Roads took 527,000 to Ord River, WA, before Four Corners examined the teachings of conservative Catholic Opus Dei and its influence in the NSW Liberal Party for 546,000.
Last night Q+A also returned to its Monday night slot. 238,000 tuned in as the panel discussed topics such as a referendum on a First Nations vote and crime in Alice Springs.
At 10, The Project (170,000 6.30pm / 322,000 7pm) looked at Novak Djokovic’s Australian Open victory following his deportation last year, and interviewed Chrissie Swan. Australian Survivor then kicked off with a bang, with the first Immunity Challenge injuring George and Jackie from the Villains tribe. 447,000 watched as Jackie was eventually kicked out of the game with George’s future still up in the air, although the Villains still decided to go ahead with Tribal Council – and voted Anjali off.
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The highest rating non-news program on SBS was Darcey Bussell’s Royal Roadtrip, with 92,000.