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Married at First Sight claims “Australia’s New #1 Program”

The battle over which reality show is number one has been brewing in recent weeks.

So far, Married at First Sight has twice beaten MKR in 5 city metro Overnight averages, but on each occasion MKR drew more with regional viewers. After last year’s famous legal battle over whether Sunrise or Today could claim to be “Australia’s #1 breakfast show”, Seven has similarly been able to maintain MKR was also #1.

But today Nine has claimed MAFS as “Australia’s New #1 Program” after it won the timeslot last night in both metro and in metro +regional, with Seven forced to retreat on its claim.

For the record in metro & regional numbers MAFS pulled 1.549m viewers and MKR was 1.534m. Both were pipped by Seven News on 1.613m -which may trigger yet another stoush if we’re not careful.

Elsewhere last night ABC took a hit at 7:30 when it pulled just 439,000 viewers, down on last Tuesday’s 575,000.

800 Words, Travel Guides and NCIS were all down.

Seven network won Tuesday with 30.5% then Nine 29.6%, TEN 18.8%, ABC 14.7% and SBS 6.4%.

Seven News was best for Seven with 1.05m / 912,000 viewers, with My Kitchen Rules also on 1.05m. Home and Away (736,000), 800 Words (639,000) and The Chase (618,000 / 387,000) followed. Bones was 245,000.

Married at First Sight was #1 for Nine with 1.09m viewers followed by Nine News (912,000 / 912,000), A Current Affair (836,000), Travel Guides (563,000) and Hot Seat (439,000 / 251,000). Schwarzenegger The Celebrity Apprentice was just 190,000.

I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here led for TEN with 727,000 viewers. The Project was 540,000 / 334,000, TEN Eyewitness News was 474,000, NCIS was 436,000 and NCIS: LA was 333,000.

ABC News (746,000), 7:30 (469,000), Ice Wars (393,000), Outback ER (321,000) and Human Universe with Brian Cox (258,000).

On SBS it was Great Continental Railway Journeys (307,000), Insight (234,000), Dateline(139,000) and SBS World News (125,000).

Shaun the Sheep showed up multichannels again with 225,000.

Sunrise: 306,000
Today: 278,000
ABC News Breakfast: 105,000 /

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